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5th November 2018, Oulu

Integrating electronics with IMSE technology

At the forthcoming Electronica exhibition in Munich, Germany, from November 12-16, TactoTek, headquartered in Oulu, Finland, will be demonstrating the benefits of its IMSE – injection moulded structural electronics – technology.

IMSE solutions seamlessly integrate printed circuitry and electronic components within 3D injection moulded plastics. Surface materials include durable cosmetic plastics and elegant natural materials, including natural wood, with potential applications including automotive components, home appliances, industrial systems and wearable technology.

IMSE solutions integrate printed circuitry and electronic components within 3D injection moulded plastics. © TactoTek

In automotive trim applications the ability of IMSE solutions to conform with complex shapes in a thin, single-piece structural part are significant benefits and enable electronics to be added for function, convenience and styling in new locations. IMSE solutions also reduce assembly requirements and simplify installation when compared with traditional electronics.

“As designers become more familiar with IMSE capabilities we are seeing exciting innovation,” said Jussi Harvela, CEO of TactoTek. “Use cases in which electronic functions such as seat or mirror controls and NFC antennas blend into cosmetic surfaces to be easily used when you need them, and blending into the background when you don’t. These applications represent a growing share of our projects in the automotive sector. These designs appeal in other markets as well, such as home automation.”

In June this year, 2018, TactoTek signed a multi-year agreement with Novem, a market leader in high-quality automotive interior trim and decorative functional elements, based in Vorbach, Germany.

In automotive trim applications the ability of IMSE solutions to conform with complex shapes in a thin, single-piece structural part are significant benefits. © TactoTek

Together, the two companies are developing single piece, electronically-active trim elements for luxury vehicles made possible by IMSE electronics.

“Novem provides innovative interior trim for premium brands, including Audi, BMW, Daimler, GM and Toyota,” said Markus Wittmann, vice-president of operations at Novem. “With TactoTek IMSE, we can integrate electronic controls into our high-quality surfaces so they blend into the overall design and result in elegant and functional solutions. “We are actively promoting our IMSE-integrated trim solutions to OEMs and have current projects with TactoTek developing a range of use cases.”

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