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S for Sensitivity! Tangio Further Enhances its best-in-class TPE-500 Force Sensing Resistor Series

S for Sensitivity! Tangio Further Enhances its best-in-class TPE-500 Force Sensing Resistor Series

VANCOUVER, Canada, Nov 13th 2017 – Tangio Printed Electronics, a division of Sytek Enterprises Inc., a global leader in Printed Touch Sensing Solutions, today launches “s” variants of its TPE-500 and TPE-501 printed Force Sensing Resistors, bringing enhanced sensitivity to its best-in-class standard sensor range.

Continuing its philosophy of continuous improvement Tangio has addressed the industry-wide problem of inferior sensitivity in small FSR sensors with new “s” variants of its market leading TPE-500/1 FSR sensors. These devices introduce sub 10-gram force detection to the 7.62mm diameter standard sensor market.

Neil Jarvie, Tangio’s VP of Business Development commented, “we found a significant number of customers requiring small footprint sensors with improved ‘first touch’ performance. Typically, sensitivity declines as geometries shrink so we decided to tackle the problem. Our testing shows actuation force down in single digits for our 's' variants. This allows deployment in new applications, or under thicker or more rigid top surfaces.”  

Devices are available to sample immediately, with data sheets available to download from www.tangio.ca

For more information please contact Tangio or your local Representative.

About Tangio Printed Electronics

Tangio, the Printed Electronics division of Sytek Enterprises Inc, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of a wide range of standard and custom touch sensing solutions. From simple high-performance "single point" FSR sensors, through to state-of-the-art 3D multi-touch resistive sensors, capacitive sensors, and other novel innovations in printed electronics. Tangio offers unrivalled levels of integration, enabling customers to add value and reduce costs in their supply chain and get new products to market faster. Tangio’s philosophy of “Affordable Innovation” enables OEM’s and Tiers to deploy next generation HMI solutions in their products today. Tangio is a global company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with strategically located internal and partner sites in Europe, SE Asia, and India, supporting a rapidly expanding customer base. For more information go to www.tangio.ca

Better. By Design: Why Tangio’s TPE-500 series of Force Sensing Resistors are best-in-class.

Better. By Design:  Why Tangio’s TPE-500 series of Force Sensing Resistors are best-in-class.

First an admission, we stole the title from a late 1980’s advertising campaign by General Motors Europe. At that time, its arch rival Ford was leading the market for new car sales in the region despite a tired and outdated product range sold largely on brand familiarity and customer loyalty. Conversely GM was innovating in Europe, launching new clean-sheet designs with modern styling, state-of-the-art technology, and setting new standards in safety, performance and features. The “Better. By Design.” tag-line captured in three simple words the new-found confidence in their products, successfully changed perceptions and understanding in the market place, and increased sales.

So how does that relate to a range of printed force sensors on sale over thirty years later?

Around a year ago Tangio launched its TPE-500 series FSR range. It’s true to say we joined the party a little later than some of our competitors so knew it wasn’t good enough to offer a me-too product. Mark Graham, Tangio’s Head of New Products picks up the story, “I’ve been in resistive force sensing for almost a decade and knew very well its limitations. We'd seen few tangible improvements in the core FSR technology in recent years, which precluded its use in several growth markets and applications. Our plan from the outset was to produce a demonstrably better product."

Neil Jarvie, Tangio’s VP of Business Development continues, “the market had become fragmented into existing players seemingly unwilling to invest in improvements to the technology, and start-ups with no manufacturing experience promoting lab-scale materials that only increase risk and cost. Disturbingly, we also discovered many manufacturers products didn't perform anything like their data-sheets. In some cases alarmingly so!”

The development team at Tangio set about dragging the FSR into the 21st century with a clean-sheet approach tackling the key areas; a better FSR ink, state-of-the-art process control, and subtle but intelligent changes to the mechanical structure and materials.

Robin Jeffries, Tangio’s CEO adds, “as we enjoy many collaborative and strategic relationships with key materials and process vendors in the printed electronics space, we called upon them during the development of the TPE-500 series. A notable example is our collaboration with Henkel for the FSR ink, one of the most critical components in the sensor.”

Mark remembers, “when the test data came in from the first prototype builds it was clear we had realised our goals. We were seeing best-in-class performance in multiple critical parameters like humidity & temperature stability, part-to-part repeatability and drift. I also knew we could publish data sheets that our customers could trust!”

Of course, all this comes at a price, right? Actually no, due to exceptionally high manufacturing yield the TPE-500 series is priced to beat competing legacy products. We’d like to think of that as a win/win.

So back to the title of this piece. From time-to-time a company will launch a product that redefines standards in an existing market space. Like our automotive reference at the beginning and Tangio’s TPE-500 series force sensors these products are inherently “Better. By Design”.

About Tangio Printed Electronics

Tangio, the Printed Electronics division of Sytek Enterprises Inc, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of a wide range of standard and custom touch sensing solutions. From simple high-performance "single point" FSR sensors, through to state-of-the-art 3D multi-touch resistive sensors, capacitive sensors, and other novel innovations in printed electronics. Tangio offers unrivalled levels of integration, enabling customers to add value and reduce costs in their supply chain and get new products to market faster. Tangio’s philosophy of “Affordable Innovation” enables OEM’s and Tiers to deploy next generation HMI solutions in their products today. Tangio is a global company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with strategically located internal and partner sites in Europe, SE Asia, and India, supporting a rapidly expanding customer base. For more information go to www.tangio.ca

As technology evolves, so does humanity's ability to interact with it.

As technology evolves, so does humanity's ability to interact with it.
Force sensing technology has come a long ways in the 38 years since the technology was patented in 1977 for the novel application of musical instrument sound enhancer. Closely tracking Moore's Law, there is a continuing evolution in force sensing resistors (FSR) functionality and innovations in FSR applications brought about by Tangio Printed Electronics and other industry leaders. These innovations have resulted in an explosion of force sensing applications in a variety of industries. Today, some of the many industries actively employing FSR applications include:
  • musical instrument manufacturers
  • robotics,
  • smart materials,
  • nano/micro-technologies
  • space engineering,
  • biomedical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • computer-aided manufacturing
  • test and measurement instrument manufacturers
Human Machine Interface Market As force sensing technology evolves, so does humanity's ability to interact with it by finding new, even more ingenious ways to use it. Many industry observers claim that FSR technology will be soon found in virtually every industry that involves a human-machine interface (HMI). According to a recent report by Transparency Market Research, the global HMI market is expected to reach a phenomenal $5.579 billion by 2019. The core factor driving the growth of the HMI market is the relentless innovation in FSR technology by Tangio Printed Electronics and other industry leaders. The Transparency Market Research report identifies the following industries as primed to integrate HMI-FSR solutions into their production processes:
  • Automotive
  • Metals and Mining
  • Food and Beverage
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Packaging
  • Healthcare
  • Oil & Gas

Force Sensing Technology and Consumer Electronics  Apple's early 2015 introduction of MacBook notebooks featuring “Force Touch” – a form of FSR technology – lit up the Internet with industry pundits prognosticating over whether Force Touch was Apple's competitive game changer. Then, the Wall Street Journal reported in early July that Apple had instructed its suppliers to assemble 85 to 90 million next generation iPhone 6 models featuring Force Touch for release in late 2015. The jury is still out as to whether Force Touch will be Apple's competitive game changer. However, Apple's full embrace of force sensing technology for inclusion in its best-selling products and a massive Force Touch promotional campaign should clearly be the wake-up call for all consumer electronic products engineers, inventors, product designers and product developers. Force sensing technology is trending in consumer electronics as a promotable product attribute. Although industry pundits are praising Apple's brilliance for integrating Force Touch into its best-selling products, the little secret is that force sensing technology for consumer electronics is a no-brainer. Any electronic product that requires human engagement to control its operations is a candidate for force sensing technology. This is precisely why force sensing technology is already pervasive throughout the consumer electronics universe and will become more so as technologies continue to evolve and as the demand for intuitive devices to facilitate human interaction with these technologies continues to grow.

Tangio Printed Electronics, a technology and manufacturing leader based in North Vancouver, Canada, has assembled a world-class team of professionals obsessed with their mission to develop and manufacture force sensing products that exceed customer expectations and deadlines. Roger Linn, of Roger Linn Design and inventor of the drum machine, is typical of our many satisfied customers: “Tangio has produced force and position sensors for my musical products for a number of years. They currently make the drum pad force sensors and the force/position sensors for my Tempest drum machine, and most recently produce my sensor design for my expressive musical controller LinnStrument, which senses 3 dimensions of movement independently for all simultaneous touches. Over the years they have refined their sensors to be sufficiently accurate and repeatable in production for musical applications— the most demanding market for force and position sensing—so all other markets are a slam dunk for them. I highly recommend Tangio for any force and position sensor needs.”