Sensor Products Inc has announced the launch of Tactilus, a new electronic tactile force and pressure indicating sensor.
Tactilus reportedly allows an engineer to monitor precisely how force is disbursed between any two contacting or mating surfaces in real-time. Any application of test where pressure lies between 0.01 PSI to 9,000 PSI (0.007 kg/cm2 to 632.7 kg/cm2) is a viable candidate for Tactilus technology.
Tactilus is said to be a valuable aid in machine calibration unit pressure distribution between components of machine assemblies, such as measuring the interface pressure in mechanically attached joints, gaskets and flanges, clutch and brake plates, frames, shafts, welding heads, teeth of gears, glue and adhesive jigs, and roller nips for steel mills.
Other applications are as diverse as ultrasonic welding, explosive forming, indication of uniformity during composite materials fabrication, determination of effective placement of strain gauges, determining drawing pressure in dies, package drop test pressure, and electronic component packaging.
Tactilus is a Windows-based system that consists of an electronic sensor element ‘skin’, an interface controller, and software.
The sensor skin is a thin flexible sheet that is densely packed with sensing points or pixels. These sensing points can be spaced as close as 1 mm (0.04inches) apart and can collect data as rapidly as 60,000 points per second.
The Tactilus sensing element is only 18 mils, allowing adaptation over curved surfaces or invasive intolerant environments. The Tactilus element’s internal structure is very durable and can be utilized for thousands of tests before replacement is necessary. The sensor system is pre-calibrated and requires minimal user training prior to operation.
System requirements for Tactilus are Windows 95 or higher operating systems, 16 MB free disk space and 64 MB RAM.