QTC Clear is a force sensing material can be used to create Force
Sensitive touch screens that can replace current Resistive touch screen
technologies or enhance Capacitive ones to create solutions with more features
such as 3D input. The QTC Clear layer is 6-8 microns thick with a transparency
that is similar to the existing touch screen technologies. This is sandwiched
between two layers of Indium Tin Oxide, which is sandwiched between two hard
sheets, typically glass. It is sensitive that it can detect deflections of
a few microns so that the top surface can be rigid and robust, e.g. glass,
unlike current Resistive designs that have to be soft enough to deform easily
making them susceptible to damage.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.