Architecting an Institute for Flexible Electronics Manufacturing

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Architecting an Institute for Flexible Electronics Manufacturing Architecting an Institute for Flexible Electronics Manufacturing Executive Summary Arizona State University (ASU) in collaboration with Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is proposing to leverage existing research and development strengths, manufacturing technology assets, and industry-university collaborations to establish and strengthen a consortium for Flexible Electronics development and manufacturing. The outcome of this planning project will be a comprehensive plan for a ready-to-launch Institute for Flexible Electronics Manufacturing (IFEM) that is architected in the spirit and framework of the National Network for Manufacturing Institutes federal initiative. The main ingredients for IFEMs success already exist. ASU is a leader in flexible display and related technology research. By working with industry leaders like Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Honeywell, UDC and others, ASUs Flexible Display Center has demonstrated several enabling manufacturing technology breakthroughs. With the grant from NIST, ASU will strategically leverage existing consortium infrastructure and industry membership to extend their unique shared capability into the broader higher impact field of flexible electronics. In the current vision, IFEM will be headquartered at a shared-use manufacturing pilot line facility in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area; consortium members will access the defined toolset infrastructure and comprehensive verticallyintegrated design-fab-test capability for purpose-driven applied R&D. Industry at all levels of the value chain, along with Innovation Catalysts, will be integrated in the objectives of the consortium. The ongoing continuous and productive interactions required between research, design and manufacturing will be supported by the regions unique industrial ecosystem. The region has specialized manufacturing clusters including advanced electronics more than 3,000 manufacturing firms of all sizes and global reach operate in the region. This vast manufacturing presence has endowed the region with highly skilled workforce and research talent. The regional ecosystem of related industries, supply chain, and research institutions will provide the right environment to anchor IFEM one that is competitive, secured from potential rivals, cost-efficient, and innovation-enabling. Finally, the Innovation Catalysts, Academia, Government and national industry partners will work closely as a powerful team to leverage the regions unique assets and attributes to achieve and exceed the goals of the consortium. The Amtech grant will support the planning for establishment of IFEM, which will in turn position the U.S. in the globally competitive field of flexible electronics. The Institute will strategically address gaps in technologies, manufacturing, and standards, rapidly deploy innovative solutions and accelerate new products to global markets. IFEM will create revolutionary flexible electronics manufacturing technology to enable a new generation of human-scale products with unique form, fit and function. IFEM productlevel flexible technology prototypes will demonstrate innovative solutions to critical national challenges in health care, safety, security, human performance, sustainability and beyond. IFEM will drive compelling new high-value products to market, catalyze a new era of economic competitiveness, and educate and prepare a diverse workforce to carry forward the flexible technology innovation ecosystem. With a requested budget of $500K over two years, the project team will convene leading researchers, industry partners, economic development professionals, as well as business and political leaders to architect a business and operational plan for establishing and sustaining the Institute. The proposed scope of work will be organized around the four main goals of the project: i) a compelling vision and exciting technology product focus that energizes the participants and engenders external support for the Institute; (ii) an Institute-specific manufacturing technology plan with projects identified to close the most critical gaps and break through the difficult barriers; (iii) a definition of the required shared infrastructure and the associated resources and operating framework to effectively run it in a shared creative commons context; and (iv) a workable business model and governance framework to facilitate long-term impact and successful realization of the consortiums vision.
Effective start/end date6/16/146/15/16


  • DOC: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): $499,441.00


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