Embedded Sensing

Tekscan is the world's leading manufacturer of tactile pressure and force measurement sensors and systems. Our customizable, minimally invasive sensing solutions enable you to integrate our technology into your design to create innovative and differentiated products, by measuring where others cannot. Our passion for sensor technology, investment in research, and application engineering expertise enable us to help turn your vision into reality.

Custom Force Sensors Pressure Mapping Position Sensors
FlexiForce custom force sensors allow engineers to create innovative and differentiated products.FlexiForce custom force sensors allow engineers to create innovative and differentiated products. Pressure mapping sensors can be customized to specific form factors and pressure ranges to meet unique applications.Pressure mapping sensors can be customized to specific form factors and pressure ranges to meet unique applications. FlexiForce potentiometers are customizable membrane position sensors, with a flexible lightweight profile.FlexiForce potentiometers are customizable membrane position sensors, with a flexible lightweight profile.

Custom Force Sensors

Custom FlexiForce Sensors

With its paper-thin construction, flexibility, and force sensing ability, the FlexiForce™ force sensing resistor can measure force between almost any two surfaces, and is durable enough to stand up to most environments. Our sensors are available in three ink technologies - standard, enhanced, and high temperature. These ink formulas are design to meet your various application and product needs. The unique construction and ink characteristics enable Tekscan to create custom-designed force sensing resistor sensors to meet your specific OEM needs.

FlexiForce™ sensors are ideal for OEM products due to our ability to customize:

  • Geometry - sensors can be designed in a varitey of shapes and sizes to meet your application and product needs. 
  • Ink technology - we offer three pressure-sensitive ink variations to meet your application and product needs: standard, enhanced, and high temperature.
  • Integration support - our team of mechanical, electrical, and application engineers are here to ensure a successful product integration. 

FlexiForce custom force sensors allow engineers to create innovative and differentiated products by incorporating our technology to measure where other traditional force sensing technologies cannot. 


Pressure Mapping

Tekscan's pressure mapping systems provide data you cannot get anywhere else by accurately measuring and analyzing interface pressure between two surfaces.

SDK (Software Development Kit) 

The Pressure Mapping Software Development Kit (SDK) is an Application Programming Interface (API), which allows you to access the functionality of Tekscan's pressure mapping system for integration with your equipment and software. The function calls provide direct communication with Tekscan electronics and software.

For more information about pressure mapping, please click here.
Bonfiglioli Engineering's pill blister pack testing machineBonfiglioli Engineering's pill blister pack testing machine 3D display of the pressure output from a pill blister pack. Image on right shows uneven pressure within the blisters, due to a poor seal.3D display of the pressure output from a pill blister pack. Image on right shows uneven pressure within the blisters, due to a poor seal.

Position Sensors

The FlexiPot™ Strip and Ring are customizable tactile potentiometers used to identify position and select an appropriate action or adjust output accordingly. These ultra-thin, flexible sensors are ideal for consumer electronics, industrial control, and medical device applications. The low power requirements combined with linear output makes these position sensors ideal from both a manufacturing and user perspective. The sensors are customizable and available off-the-shelf in ring and strip formations.

FlexiPot membrane potentiometers are ideal for integration into:

  • Consumer electronics (user interface in PDA)
  • Electronic Menu Navigation (scroll through options)
  • Industrial Controls
  • Medical Devices (plunger position)

Engineering Expertise

Jeannine and MarkOur team of electrical, mechanical, and application engineers want to help you design a successful product that integrates Tekscan technology. Engaging with our team saves you time, money, and resources. This design collaboration results in a lower cost, shorter design cycle, and ultimately a successful product. 

Force Sensors

FlexiForce™ force sensors can measure force between almost any two surfaces and are durable enough to stand up to most environments. Our sensors are available off-the-shelf for prototyping or can be customized to meet the specific needs of your product design and application requirements.

Force Sensors

FlexiForce force sensors are ultra-thin and flexible printed circuits, which can be easily integrated into force measurement applications.

 

Pressure Mapping

Tekscan pressure mapping systems have a unique capability of measuring interface pressure between two surfaces with a minimally invasive thin film sensor.  Sensors can be customized to specific form factors and pressure ranges to meet unique applications.

SDK

SDK

Write your own programs to retrieve Tekscan data!

 

Position Sensors

The FlexiPot™ Strip and Ring are customizable tactile potentiometers used to identify position and select an appropriate action or adjust output accordingly. These ultra-thin, flexible sensors are ideal for consumer electronics, industrial control, and medical device applications. The low power requirements combined with linear output makes these position sensors ideal from both a manufacturing and user perspective. The sensors are customizable and available off-the-shelf in ring and strip formations.

Position Sensors

Identify position and location between any two surfaces with our ultra-thin, lightweight position sensors.

Custom Solutions

If you have a requirement and the product does not exist today, we welcome a discussion about a potential custom solution. Our team of experts relishes the opportunity to design a solution that meets your needs.

Custom Solutions

Custom Solutions

Tekscan can design and build custom sensors, software, and electronics. First, test our standard force sensors and collect proof-of-concept data with the OEM Development Kit. From there, we’ll work with you to customize a solution that meets your product’s needs.

Tekscan Custom Solutions

Tekscan has an extensive pressure and force measurement product portfolio. We started manufacturing sensors and the associated software and hardware in 1987 and since then each year we add new products and enhance our existing product line.

If you have a requirement and the product does not exist today, we welcome a discussion about a potential custom solution. Our team of experts relishes the opportunity to design a solution that meets your needs. The team is fully staffed with experts in mechanical, electrical, and applications engineers as well as chemists and materials scientists. This enables us to continually innovate, design and build unique products.

Tekscan, Inc. is committed to quality. Sensor design, manufacturing, and production happen at our company-owned ISO 9001 & 13485-certified facility in South Boston, MA. All of our sensors are also ROHS compliant and 100% tested to ensure they meet the agreed upon specifications.

Product and Application Breadth

From precise medical devices to commercial kiosks, our custom sensors and systems are in over 30 different industries and used by major Fortune 500 companies all over the world! Just check out our applications page for some examples.

Design Process

Our team made up of mechanical, electrical, and application engineers works closely with you throughout each stage of the design process to ensure the best sensor design for your application. For customers who need custom application software to complement their sensors, we team up with trusted partners to combine our expertise and develop complete specialized solutions. Engaging with our team saves you time, money, and resources. This design collaboration results in a lower cost, shorter design cycle, and ultimately, a successful product.

Sensor Manufacturing Capabilities

  • Size: Sensors have been manufactured with active areas as small as 13 mm and as large as 3 mm
  • Sensing elements: with up to 250,000 sensing points.
  • Density: high as 248 sensing elements/cm2 (1600 sensing elements/in2)
  • Pressure range: up to 25,000 psi or 1,700 bar
  • High Temperature sensors are available that can withstand operating temperatures up to 200°C (400°F)

FlexiForce™ Custom Force Sensors for OEMs

Collection of Custom Sensor Designs

With its paper-thin construction, flexibility, and force sensing ability, the FlexiForce™ force sensing resistor can measure force between almost any two surfaces, and is durable enough to stand up to most environments. Our sensors are available in three ink technologies - standard, enhanced, and high temperature. These ink formulas are design to meet your various application and product needs. The unique construction and ink characteristics enable Tekscan to create custom-designed force sensing resistor sensors to meet your specific OEM needs. We have manufactured force sensors as small as 13 mm x 4.2 mm with an active area of 1.86 mm and as large as 3.06 mm.

FlexiForce sensors are ideal for OEM products due to our ability to customize:

  • Geometry - sensors can be designed in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet your application and product needs.
  • Ink technology - we offer three pressure-sensitive ink variations to meet your application and product needs: standard, enhanced, and high temperature (200° C/400°F).
  • Integration support - our team of mechanical, electrical, and application engineers are here to ensure a successful product integration.

Pressure Mapping Custom Sensors

Customized thin pressure mapping sensors can be designed and manufactured to fit into unique applications. Sensing area dimensions and pressure ranges can be specified for mechanical compatibility. Additionally, data acquisition and analysis software can be customized for user specifications. Customized sensors and software can be used for:

  • Streamlining QC process in manufacturing
  • Machine alignment tools
  • Marketing tools demonstrating pressure interface with products (seats, beds, sporting equipment)
  • However you want to use pressure mapping

Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Kiosk is an example of a custom solutions from Tekscan.Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Kiosk is an example of a custom solutions from Tekscan.

Custom Retail Solutions

Standard and customized solutions built on our foot mapping technology can help you drive success in your retail outlets. Our pressure platforms quickly capture static and dynamic measurements for foot function assessments and more. Personalize the sensor platforms to match your branding and include your logo. Custom software specific to your application is available too. Learn more here

Talk to us about a custom solution!

Applications

Custom FlexiForce™ sensors are integrated into various applications and industries. The applications are only limited by your imagination! Please see below for a few samples. 

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