plyon®

The plyon sensor technology combines resistive and capacitive sensing principles, thus enabling proximity, touch and force measurement. Our sensors are highly customizable in terms of size, shape and number of sensing elements, which we call taxels. Each taxel detects proximity and touch but also measures the applied force. We can tune the sensitivity as well as the measurement range to serve a wide range of applications. Because plyon is silicone-based, it is extremely resistant to impacts and can withstand high forces without breaking. Additionally, it can be flexed or stretched, paving the way for touch and force sensing applications not possible before. 

plyon® flex

plyon flex is our readily available sensor technology. We can produce it on a large scale. As the name suggests, plyon flex is highly flexible and can be integrated in curved objects and applications that flex during operation. plyon flex comes with our unique TrueZero™ technology, which allows the sensor to be flexed without creating unwanted readouts.

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6 Core Features

Layout and Design

The wide range of possible shapes and sizes allow an adaptive and versatile use in many applications.

Flexibility with TrueZero™

Our sensors can be bent down to a radius of 1cm, so they can be used on curved surfaces. The TrueZero feature maintains excellent signal integrity under bending.

Force Range

Our sensor technology provides a continuous force signal. The sensitivity is optimized for human-machine interaction applications, from 0.5N/cm2 up to 15N/cm2, but can be adapted to different requirements.

Analogue Signal

The sensor provides a simple electrical interface.  Ideal for prototypes and integrated systems, requiring a force-to-voltage  conversion. The resolution can be adjusted with dedicated readout  electronics. 

Sensor Robustness

Despite a thickness of only 0.7mm, a high degree of mechanical flexibility and robustness is achieved. Even after more than 500,000 actuations, our sensor provides a reliable readout signal.

Smart Sensor Integration

In terms of integration, we not only focus on the sensor technology itself, but also on the intelligence behind the holistic system. Using smart algorithms and machine-learning, we provide much more than just raw sensor data.

Materials & Processes

Based on high performance silicone, we develop and manufacture our own Nano-Carbon-based composites. This enables us to design sensors that can withstand millions of indentation-cycles with negligible changes to the sensor performance. To achieve the best-possible sensor performance for the individual application we tailor the electrical and mechanical properties of the materials to the needs of the application. Concurrent development of materials, manufacturing processes and sensor architecture enables ultra-fast customization to create the perfect sensor and allows for a seamless scaleup to manufacturing of millions of sensors per year.

Connectivity & Data Analysis

We develop custom readout electronics that are optimized to acquire data from plyon sensors in various products. The embedded tactile intelligence preprocesses acquired data and compensates for undesired effects. Our tactile data analysis algorithms use machine learning principles to derive information about the object or human incontact with the sensor surface.  

3 Core Layers

Sensor Encapsulation
Our sensor encapsulation is integral part of the plyon sensors and is applied by default during the manufacturing process. This encapsulation ensures a high mechanical durability and electrical isolation of the sensing layer, while maintaining optimal sensor performance.
Sensing Layer
Made from our proprietary silicone-based composite, our conductive layer allows for high sensitivity. Robustness is not compromised even under deformation or high forces. The stretchability of the material in combination with our unique microstructures make our TrueZero technology possible.
Printed
Electrodes
Our printed electrodes not only define the active area of our sensors but also serve as the electrical interface to the readout electronics. We can offer you highly customized sensors in various sizes, shapes and arrangements. The printing processes we utilize are highly uniform, but still allow for large scale manufacturing.

plyon® stretch

In development

A truly flexible and stretchable touch and force sensor

plyon stretch will be a sensor like no other, opening numerous possibilities ranging from integration in textiles and wearables to medtech products. This product is currently under development but the main process steps have been demonstrated. With the combination of material and process know-how, tacterion will have a unique IP position, worldwide. plyon stretch uses the same proprietary conductive elastomer layer as plyon flex for force sensing. The non-stretchable PET based layer is, however, replaced by a stretchable one. The bottom elastomer layer allows for direct textile bonding, making the use of additional adhesives obsolete. 

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