Sateco is exploring new avenues with its subsidiary Sateco XT AG and complementing the classic range of sensitive carpet systems with the SXTSC silicone force sensor. The elastomer sensor operates on the capacitive principle and can continuously measure contact as well as compression force. It is flexible and flexible, can be distorted in all three dimensions and is suitable for a wide range of areas of use such as automotive, RV, RA, video games, robotics, medical technologies and the industry in general.
The base surface as well as the sensor dimensions can be defined freely. This allows curved surfaces to be adapted to achieve perfect integration between the support material and the surface. It is thus possible to optimize the ergonomics of seizure devices, prostheses and exoskeletons, whether they occupy small or large surfaces.
The sensor incorporates two measurement functions within a single component. It is able to remotely detect an approaching part of the body and accurately measure the force applied. The set remains compact and it is thus possible to carry out predictive control and measurement systems.
Silicone is a pleasant contact with the skin. The comfort of use can be improved with the option of applying texture to the surface. From a food perspective, silicone is characterized by its resistance to chemicals and its stability to temperatures. The sensor that acts as a measuring cell with electrical connections can be integrated without great difficulty on the outside of a circuit board directly to the surface. Its elastomer material saves additional mechanical damping, initial voltage and tolerance compensation. The design is simpler and the manufacturing costs are lower.
The elastomer material gives the SXTSC robustness, shock and impact resistance qualities and offers a high lifespan, including in difficult environments at high temperatures (-85 degrees Celsius) and low temperatures (40 degrees Celsius).
Samples and evaluation electronics are available as starter kits to allow quick and easy access to the new technology.
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