Energy saving, the necessary integration in the smart home appliance sector

We live in a smart world. We have more and more intelligent and interconnected devices and home appliances designed to make our lives easier in an intuitive way, but without sacrificing design.

In Spain only, according to a study conducted by Haier, 25% of households have opted to purchase a smart appliance for its functionality and convenience, and because it helps to improve the quality of life of users. However, above these reasons has been another, especially during the last year: energy savings. Home appliances absorb around 55% of household electricity consumption, and in 2022 the price of electricity has registered record figures in Europe as a whole.

All these reasons have led the main manufacturers in the home appliance sector to redouble their commitment to smart appliances and to integrate smart applications and functionalities aimed at optimizing energy consumption.

To face this challenge, the consumer electronics industry relies on core technology partners capable of creating efficient, fully functional, integrable and uniquely designed solutions.

Plastronics for home appliances

Walter Pack has taken advantage of its expertise accumulated over the last decades in the demanding automotive industry to consolidate its position as a reference supplier in the home appliance sector and to provide innovative solutions with high added value. Its value proposition revolves around the integral management of the projects in which it is involved, from the design to the production of plastic parts with integrated electronic components.

These turnkey solutions combine cutting-edge design and maximum functionality thanks to technologies such as plastronics, which incorporates electronic circuits in flexible polymers from organic and hybrid materials, and In-Mold-Electronics (IME). IME integrates electronic functionality and even hybridization of electronic components in films that, once thermoformed under high pressure, are introduced into the injection mold together with the decorative insert, and provide decorated parts with electronic performance.

This form of flexible electronics is a competitive advantage in the smart home appliance sector because it helps to design components that are much lighter, stronger, and more malleable, and to integrate them into parts with a very elaborate geometry and a unique design.

Thanks to these technologies Walter Pack makes electronic boards, control panels, indicators, cutting-edge lighting systems and all kinds of solutions aimed at serving the broad ecosystem of consumer electronics, the IoT universe and, of course, automotive.

The plastic components produced by Walter Pack can incorporate the electronic elements that provide all kinds of functionalities to these sectors, including energy savings. And they do so with a design that meets the requirements and specifications of the brand, in accordance with regulatory standards and with respect for the environment.