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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 At that time, its arch rival Ford was leading the market for new car sales in the region despite a tired and outdated product range sold largely on brand familiarity and customer loyalty.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

Tangio Announces its Attendance at the IDTechEx Show, Santa Clara, in Cooperation with Henkel

Tangio Announces its Attendance at the IDTechEx Show, Santa Clara, in Cooperation with Henkel

VANCOUVER, Canada, Oct 16th 2017 – Tangio Printed Electronics, a division of Sytek Enterprises Inc., a global leader in Printed Touch Sensing Solutions, today announces its attendance at the 2017 IDTechEx show, Santa Clara, November 15th & 16th. 

Tangio will be present on the Henkel Electronic Materials LLC booth, N28, showcasing amongst other products its class-leading TPE-500 and TPE-900 ranges of FSR sensors.

Mr. Neil Jarvie, Tangio’s VP of Business Development commented, "we’re delighted to be present at this important annual event in the printed electronics calendar, and particularly pleased to be hosted on the Henkel booth. Our collaboration with Henkel has resulted in major steps forward in FSR performance and stability, clearly demonstrated in our TPE sensor range”.

Mr. Robin Jeffries, CEO of Tangio added, “Printed Electronics USA is the perfect platform to promote Tangio’s latest developments in printed force and capacitive sensing, and a timely opportunity to showcase game-changing HMI technologies such as our 3D-Multitouch and ‘on-paper’ solutions”.

Additionally, Tangio will be announcing the “S” series of enhanced sensitivity single-point FSR sensors and the new TPE-800 single-touch 3D Trackpad products.

If you’d like to pre-book an appointment to meet Tangio during IDTechEx click here to contact us.

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 force 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 to market quicker. 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

Tangio Announces Steadlands as its First Representative Partner in Europe

Tangio Announces Steadlands as its First Representative Partner in Europe
VANCOUVER, Canada, May 8th 2017 – Tangio Printed Electronics, a division of Sytek Enterprises Inc., a global leader in Printed Touch Sensing Solutions, today announces the appointment of Steadlands International Marketing Ltd. as its new Pan-European and Israel representative partner (exc. the DACH region, Poland and Czech Republic).

This appointment represents the further strengthening of Tangio's global representative network and the first appointment within Europe, with further announcements to follow.

Mr. Neil Jarvie, VP of Business Development at Tangio commented, "Steadlands was the obvious partner to drive Tangio's innovative range of state-of-the-art resistive force sensing and integrated front panel technologies in the territory. Peter and his team have many years experience in the sensors space and a highly developed customer base". Mr Robin Jeffries, President of Tangio added, "Europe has proven to be an important region for Tangio in recent years with several major customers, technology partners, and our New Products & Business Development functions based there. Partnering with Steadlands represents an exciting new chapter for Tangio in this innovation and application rich region".

Mr Peter Craik, Managing Director of Steadlands added, “In business at Steadlands we believe we must work with the very best of partners to bring world class innovative technologies to our world class customer base. This is one of our founding principles and the partnership with Tangio will help us achieve this goal. We are assured of this by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable support we have experienced with Tangio so far, and look forward to working alongside everyone there”.

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 force sensing solutions. From simple high performance "single point" FSR sensors, through to state-of-the-art 3D multi-touch resistive 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 to market quicker. 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, with headquarters in Vancouver, Canada, and strategically positioned internal and partner sites in Europe, SE Asia, and India, supporting a rapidly expanding customer base. For more information go to www.tangio.ca

About Steadlands International Marketing

Steadlands International Marketing Ltd, was founded in 1993, to represent Allen-Bradley Electronics’ Resistor Division across Europe. Since then the Company has grown in stature and influence, adding new partnerships and, where necessary, distributing products. The business will go where it is needed by its partners and, for some, covers sales territories extending beyond Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Working primarily in the field of electronic component sales, Steadlands are also involved in the Specialist IT Equipment and Automotive Safety Technologies markets. Based in Blyth, on the North East Coast of England, Steadlands maintains the work ethics and principals on the family business platform on which it began. For more information visit www.steadlands.com