Measure Force with FlexiForce™ 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.
FlexiForce sensors are utilized in many applications to detect and measure:
- Relative change in force or applied load
- Rate of change in force
- Force thresholds and trigger appropriate action
- Contact and/or touch
How does the force sensor work?
The FlexiForce sensor acts as a force sensing resistor in an electrical circuit. When the force sensor is unloaded, its resistance is very high. When a force is applied to the sensor, this resistance decreases. The resistance can be measured by a multimeter, then applying a force to the sensing area.
Why are FlexiForce sensors unique?
The unique construction of FlexiForce sensors carries the following advantages:
- thinness [0.008 in. (.203 mm)]
- better linearity
- measurement of higher loads
- stable output with respect to load area
Custom Force Sensors
The unique construction and ink characteristics of FlexiForce sensors 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 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.
- Integration support - our team of mechanical, electrical, and application engineers are here to ensure a successful product integration.
To learn more about customizing a force sensor, visit the "Customization" tab above.
Why Do Engineers Choose FlexiForce?
Custom Force Sensors
The unique construction and ink characteristics of FlexiForce™ sensors enable Tekscan to create custom-designed force sensors to meet your specific needs. Are you looking to integrate a force sensor into your application?
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FlexiForce™ Standard 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.
For a full view and comparison of sensor products, please visit our Force Sensor Product Table.
Prototyping and Embedding Electronics
FlexiForce sensors are designed for use with your own electronics, multimeters, the OEM Development Kit, or our Quickstart Board. The OEM Development Kit and FlexiForce Quickstart Board both provide a constant voltage supply (which is recommended for FlexiForce sensors) and provide linear data, making it easier to calibrate your sensor. Which tool is best for you?
Our accessories offer you further options for our standard force sensors. Whether you are looking to extend the sensor length or have trimmed your sensor and need a new connector, we have what you need.
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.
Our standard force sensors can be used for a proof of concept and have also been successfully integrated into a great range of applications and products across various industries. Standard sensors are available to purchase in small quantities for a proof of concept or large quantities for embedding into a product or application.
Here are some of the typical customization options available:
- Includes multi-point and different shaped sensing areas
- Our smallest sensor: 2 mm (.078 in.)
- Our largest sensor: 368.3 mm x 292.1 mm (14.5 in. x 11.5 in.)
- Ink: standard, high-temperature, and enhanced stability series (ESS)
Our FlexiForce engineers want to provide you with the best force sensing solution for your application. We first begin with a discovery process, learning the requirements of your application and which force sensing solution fits best. Our team of electrical, mechanical, and application engineers consult with you and your team in order to design the ideal force sensor for your application. After initial discussions, you can test our standard sensors for a proof of concept or discuss a custom prototype sensor.