Electrification, sensors, infotainment, interior and exterior lighting, and the potential for autonomous functionality are transforming the automotive vehicle into a sophisticated electronic device on wheels. This increased electronic content demands a circuit technology that can be folded, fit into small spaces, able to provide unique functionality, and deliver 3D structures allowing for space and weight savings.
Sheldahl has 60 years of delivering proven flex circuit content to the automotive vehicle. Sheldahl, from the beginning, delivered the first Flex circuit into the ‘65 Ford Thunderbird; from those early instrument clusters to today’s sensor, heaters, and lighting applications, Sheldahl can demonstrate a history of circuits driven billions of vehicle miles in the harshest of environments.
Sheldahl is working with automotive industry thought leaders to develop the latest electronic functionality leveraging our vertical integration in material, fabrication, and assembly capabilities.
Aerospace & Defense
Sheldahl’s heritage as a material supplier spans greater than 60 years, from the Echo 1 and 2 satellites to the latest launch and deployment vehicles. Sheldahl’s Red Book serves as a reference guide for the Aerospace industry, providing materials used in passive thermal control, including static dissipation, radiator material, and atomic oxygen protection.
While the Sheldahl Red Book provides commonly provided materials, we are constantly combining dissimilar materials for the Medical, Fire Protection, Formula One Racing, and Space applications. Sheldahl’s team welcomes the challenge of finding a solution to your specific requirement. We’re open to making anything that we can piece together – please call for custom applications.
Sheldahl material has provided for the aerospace industry from the beginning and looks
forward to serving your needs into the future.
The transformation of the health care industry has led to increased home care and improved hospital infection prevention, transforming the medical sector globally. This transformation has led to vital innovation in drug delivery devices, medical devices, remote monitors, sensors, and wireless connectivity.
Flexible circuits are critical to this transformation of the health care industry, providing flexible, adaptable, and clean solutions.
Sheldahl resides in one of the key markets for the Medical Devices industry in Minnesota. We are leveraging our relationship with our parent company and other medical device companies to deliver flexible circuits used in single-use medical tools, drug delivery, wearable devices for remote monitoring, anti-microbial surfaces, smart packaging, and human-machine interfaces. Since Sheldahl is vertically integrated, we can deliver a Flex circuit to fully assembled and kitted medical devices through our parent company Flex. This one-stop-shop is unique in the Health Care industry.
The consumer market is evolving. More information, increased capabilities, greater accessibility, and better connectivity require more intelligence in smaller and lighter devices.
This trend started by introducing the first PalmPilot and wearable device. The consumer desires biometric sensing or intelligence in the palm of their hands for easier access to knowledge and the world around them.
Flexible circuits provide the versatility to increase technological capabilities to deliver on the consumer's evolving innovations and interests. We are working with OEMs to create greater technological access and increased connectivity throughout your whole life, smart devices, clothes, wearables, AI, and more. Tight spaces, curved surfaces, smaller flexible batteries, and data analytics desire have led people to use spec Flex circuits.
Tapes, Sanding Belts & Abrasives
Sheldahl created the perfect solution 40 years ago when it pioneered United States Patent, 4,215,516 for a Unidirectional Tape splicing system for joining sanding belts together. The uniqueness of the product and the process combined with its high performance and cost-effectiveness remain the reasons why the patented Unidirectional Tape system patented 40 years ago remains the method of choice for joining abrasive and sanding belts of all kinds 40 years later.
Sheldahl has developed and has maintained 9 different coated splicing tape product offerings that are uniquely matched to the specific abrasive removal requirements. Each is color-coordinated for easy universal identification by the belt fabricator. Sheldahl has developed 11 different uncoated splicing tape product offerings. These 20 different products high performance and cost-effective solution product offerings have kept Sheldahl the world leader and largest supplier of Unidirectional splicing tapes for the past 40 years. Let Sheldahl Unidirectional Splicing Tape products offer you the advantage that has existed for the past 40 years and will be designed in on applications in the future.
Tracking products and devices are essential to ensure quality, traceability, inventory management, date expiration, and protection from theft and counterfeiting. This requires the accuracy of the information, which can be hard when only a label is used.
Flexible Printed Circuits enable wireless connectivity, conformability, battery power, and monitoring. From etched copper to printed silvers, FPCs can deliver cost-effective solutions for Smart Packaging to fit perfectly, function reliably, and report accurately.
Sheldahl combines the need for conformability, sensing, power, and wireless connectivity to track and monitor your customers’ products. With our combined Printed (Additive) and Flexible (Subtractive) proprietary technologies, we provide the required reliability in a cost-effective solution.
Human Machine Interface
Human Machine Interface is a key component in your home appliance and workplace equipment operation. Due to device and machinery development, HMI's evolution has changed our expectations of how we interact with our homes and workplaces. Touch sensors must provide ease and assurance in the technology that you interact with within your daily lives.
Flexible printed circuits provide an adaptive solution that is versatile and cost-effective to build the circuitry required for operation, creating a smoother communication stream from user to appliance and machinery. Their connectivity creates fewer connection points, decreasing potential locations of machine failure.
Sheldahl's material solutions enable a higher quality HMI experience with a more responsive touch on any surface, flat or curved. Utilizing our material know-how, we create those solutions that make the ever-changing home and workplace environments possible. By working with our materials (PEDOT, ITO, Nano Silvers, Silver Carbon, Etched Copper, etc.), our flexible circuits provide durable solutions, enabling better connectivity between people and machines, equipping them for the future of operations, becoming fully autonomous.
Today, the potential for heating equipment is expanding. Industrial equipment and appliances require dependable heating designs that last for decades, able to conform to many surface shapes.
Flexible Circuitry can provide the optimal design solutions for applications where space is limited, and uniform heating is desired.
Sheldahl's engineering staff can help design cost-effective solutions for full scale production. We leverage our materials expertise to creating solutions that best fit the requirements for each application.
Flexible Printed Circuits
Multek has been manufacturing both adhesiveless and adhesive based flexible circuit materials for 60 years. Our unique capabilities allow us to provide laminate and cover film material tailored to meet specific customer needs from the demanding requirements of ECU’s to the high density, high reliability circuits for medical devices.