Finnish plastronics specialist TactoTek has entered into a joint partnership with OptoFidelity to develop automated production test systems for its injection-moulded structural electronics (IMSE) parts.
Based in Tampere, Finland, OptoFidelity is a leader in robot-assisted test automation for smart devices.
The two companies announced 28 May that they had collaborated to develop test systems to meet the specific requirements of in-mould electronics.
As part of the system, OptoFidelity’s technology tests part functionality and production process quality after various stages of IMSE production.
The IMSE process involves four steps: decoration & electronics printing; component surface mounting; thermoforming, and Injection moulding.
“Measuring performance and functionality of printed multilayer electronics that are stretched during thermoforming requires new measurement methods,” explained Miikka Kärnä, head of operational excellence at TactoTek.
TactoTek will use the data acquired from the OptoFidelity test systems to improve its phases of IMSE design and production, according to Kärnä.
Oulu, Finland-based TactoTek develops and commercialises IMSE technology, which involves manufacturing 3D structural electronics by integrating printed circuitry and discrete electronic components into injection-moulded plastics.
IMSE designs often include touch controls, lighting and antennas moulded within a 2mm-3mm thin surface, providing aesthetics, structure and electronic functions in a single part.
TactoTek works directly with OEMs, brands and their suppliers to develop IMSE parts from concept to mass production by TactoTek-licensed manufacturers.
OptoFidelity’s test systems will now be available in the configuration used by TactoTek, or as custom solutions for customers’ specific requirements.