TE Connectivity partners with tacterion for smart connector and component solutions
TE utilizes tacterion’s sensor technology to create smart connectors adding to TE’s Industry 4.0 application portfolio
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland / MUNICH, Germany – June 22, 2023 – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, partners with tacterion, a leading tactile sensing company based in Munich, aiming to provide smart touch and force sensor technology supporting the digitization of industrial processes. In collaboration, TE and tacterion will develop connector and component solutions that combine both the reliable TE connectors and tacterion's outstanding sensor technology. These new products will help enable remote digital monitoring of equipment, making them critical tools for predictive maintenance, condition monitoring and safety applications in Industry 4.0 environments. The first product in this upcoming series of smart TE connector solutions is planned for a 2023 launch.

tacterion holds patents for a bendable and stretchable proximity, touch and force sensor technology called plyon®, which turns virtually any surface into a smart surface. The sensors stand out for their flexibility, robustness and high signal integrity when bent or used on curved surfaces: plyon® sensors have an overall thickness of only 0.5 to 0.7mm and can achieve a bending radius as small as 1.0cm while maintaining their full measurement range. The sensors are extremely durable and resistant to static loads. By utilizing tacterion's proprietary drift compensation technology, they provide a nearly drift-free readout over time, allowing them to be used in demanding industrial environments.

TE will utilize the flexible plyon® sensor technology to add smartness to their products like the TE Intercontec connectors: These connectors are used in servo motors, robots, and machines and provide more reliable operation – which can be further enhanced by equipping them with tacterion’s sensor. The sensor monitors the condition of the connector and can report malfunctions such as deviations or an open connector to the higher-level monitoring system. This will help customers reduce costs and minimize machine downtime through predictive maintenance.

tacterion sensor products will additionally be made available through TE distribution partners and the TE website.

“tacterion not only offers compelling and innovative sensor technology, but also has an agile and dedicated engineering team”, said Alex Megej, CTO of TE Industrial. “Together, we will develop smart connector solutions that help customers drive the digitalization of their facilities and bring the plyon® technology to applications across different industries.”

“We are excited to work with TE and to show how powerful our sensors are, even in harsh production environments”, said Michael Strohmayr, CEO of tacterion. “New types of sensors are essential for a truly digitized Industry 4.0, and together with TE we can bring more intelligence – and cost savings potential – to the production floor”, adds his brother Daniel Strohmayr, CEO of tacterion.

For more information about TE’s Intercontec connectors, please visit https://www.te.com/usa-en/products/brands/intercontec.html. More information about tacterion’s plyon® technology can be found at https://www.tacterion.com/technology.

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After signing the contract at tacterion, first concrete projects can be tackled: Daniel and Michael Strohmayr (Founders and CEOs of tacterion), Alex Megej (CTO TE Industrial) and Kerstin Gohl (VP & GM, TE Industrial Systems).

About tacterion

tacterion GmbH is a leading tactile sensing company based in Munich. It was founded in 2015 by the two brothers Dr. Michael und Daniel Strohmayr and is a spin-off of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). tacterion develops sensors, smart components and highly integrated complete solutions and combines know-how in materials science, sensor and electronics hardware, software, machine learning and industrial design to better connect the physical and digital world. Originally developed as artificial skin for robots, tacterion's highly robust and flexible touch and force sensor technology plyon® enables intuitive interaction concepts and tactile data analysis on almost any surface – flat, curved, or deformable. The plyon® sensor technology was awarded with the German Innovation Award 2019. Learn more at www.tacterion.com
About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a global industrial technology leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. Our broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With more than 85,000 employees, including over 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat, and Twitter.
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