Manufacturing and Condition Monitoring with FlexiForce

FlexiForce sensors embedded into manufacturing equipment can help companies increase yields by minimizing damage and loss of product.

Force Sensors Prevent Breakage

One of the challenges faced by production managers and engineers is to minimize damage and loss of product during manufacturing. Sensor Wireless Inc. has developed specialized wireless technology to solve these problems. Their wireless sensors transmit data on the handling and environmental parameters found within each system and allow users to view the results in real time. In just moments users can determine root cause and improve quality.

Sensor Wireless developed a monitoring system for well-known beverage and breakfast cereal manufacturers. The company approached Tekscan regarding development of a customized force sensor that could be integrated into their wireless system to accurately and effectively determine forces applied to bottles and boxes by production line rails, robotic grippers, and adjacent bottles/boxes during production.

Tekscan responded by creating a custom force sensor that coordinates with Sensor Wireless Inc’s electronics to relay this information, which is vital in preventing breakage or dents in the final product.

Sensor Wireless Inc’s process involves instrumenting a model of a bottle with Tekscan’s force sensors, then actually sending the “bottle” through the manufacturing process to monitor and relay the force data to the appropriate parties. The sensors’ output allows the manufacturers to pinpoint the location of high and low forces, and in turn respond by either slowing down or speeding up the process. The result is major cost savings thanks to an increase in production yields and reduced loss associated with damaged goods.

Benefits of FlexiForce™ Sensors

  • Ultra-thin sensor construction and flexibility means minimal interference/disturbance to normal action
  • Accurate response gives your customers and end users confidence in the performance of your product
  • Knowledgeable, experienced technical staff help you develop the most effective, economical sensor based on your specific requirements. All manufacturing takes place at ISO 9001 compliant & 13485 registered Tekscan headquarters.
  • 100% factory inspection ensures your sensors meet established performance specifications

Getting Started with FlexiForce Sensors

FlexiForce™ sensors are available off-the-shelf in packs of four or eight for testing and prototyping. Visit our online store to place an order, or contact us to discuss customization options with one of our engineers.

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