• May 31, 14
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Mühlbauer's new Antenna Printing System (APS) features copper-oxide ink printed on paper, compared with the current state-of-the art production method of etching aluminum on PET plastic. Mühlbauer was not the first company to develop printed copper antennas, but it believes that earlier versions were not sufficiently reliable or durable.

According to Franz Brandl, Mühlbauer's head of R&D, a primary challenge the company faced in developing the APS was achieving antenna reliability. After two years of development, he said, Mühlbauer proved its printed copper antennas could function for 1,000 hours in test chambers at 85 degrees Celsius (185 degrees Fahrenheit) and 85 percent humidity.

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