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Lower-Cost ZIF and LIF-Compatible Connection Option for Tekscan Custom Force Sensors
Date:6/30/2010

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  • stable output with respect to load area

  • The performance benefits of this construction, however, have historically limited the connection methods. Pin connectors were most practical and cost-effective. Tekscan has been successful in the past with utilizing alternate connection methods when required by customers. However, these were costly and manual solutions, involving heat-bonded Z-Axis tape.

    To offer lower-cost alternate connection options to our OEM customers, Tekscan has developed a more streamlined, lower-cost process which involves screen-printing the conductive adhesive during the actual manufacturing process. A ZIF connector is typically mounted to a circuit board, and the sensor tail simply slides in to the connector. A locking mechanism generally holds the sensor in place. The traditional pin termination is still available to OEM customers who have more available space in their product for electronic connections. Pin connectors can also be an advantage when a product will be subjected to rougher handling conditions and a more secure connection to the board is required.

    Standard, off-the-shelf FlexiForce® sensors are still terminated with a 3-pin connection, and are available online for testing and prototyping.

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