Industrial Electronics

Tekscan introduces a new cost-effective product for widespread deployment of pressure mapping technology

29 April 2020

Tekscan, Inc. has introduced PM64, a new customizable pressure mapping scanning electronics module with an incremental pricing model that supports a large-scale deployment for high-volume users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Tekscan is a manufacturer of pressure mapping technology, a tool used by engineers, field service technicians and OEMs to measure interface pressure between nearly any two mating surfaces. Each pressure mapping PM64 starter kit components. Source: Tekscan Inc.PM64 starter kit components. Source: Tekscan Inc.system consists of an ultra-thin pressure sensor, scanning electronics and a robust analysis software to help engineers analyze pressure distribution in real-time. Pressure mapping technology is most often used in R&D to help verify finite element analysis models or make adjustments in machine tooling to improve production processes.

Now with PM64, companies that see the value of pressure mapping technology have a viable solution to implement their application at a larger scale within a single operation or across multiple locations.

The process begins by purchasing the PM64 Starter Kit, which includes an 8 x 8 (64 point) sensor, PM64 electronics, Tekscan’s R&D Software (I-Scan) and the Pressure Mapping Software Development Kit (SDK). Utilizing PM64 with the SDK — an easy-to-use software Application Programming Interface (API) — the end user can include pressure mapping data in a live feedback loop for inline quality assurance/quality control testing. From there, companies can deploy their custom pressure mapping application throughout their company, and save on their bottom line with the more systems they purchase.

“The SDK gives programmers everything they need to develop their own custom PM64 software application to acquire, record, and read pressure mapping data in a .NET framework,” said Camilo Aladro, product manager for Tekscan’s Pressure Mapping Division. “PM64 makes it easier and more affordable for companies to equip their service technicians with an actionable tool to align machines with greater efficiency, and machine builders to offer a value-added feature to gain a competitive edge with their machine design.”

Visit Tekscan for more information about PM64.

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