SPI: New Pressure Map System
The new Tactilus electronic tactile force and pressure-indicating sensor from Sensor Products Inc. allows engineers to monitor precisely how force is disbursed at the point of impact. Both air and liquid spray and flows can be evaluated in real time. Senior Product Manager Carlos Ruiz says, "The Tactilus system helps in the design of spray nozzles and fixtures. In the area of abrasive spraying, the system enables measurement of volume simultaneously with particle size and velocity. This provides an accurate determination of the particle number density and volume flux." Additional applications for the Tactilus system in spray nozzle, fixture design or diagnostics include precise adjustment and optimization of surface coating and finishing, powder and deposition coating, atomizing nozzles, flame and plasma spraying, and shot peening. Tactilus is a Windows-based system that consists of a thin, ultra-sensitive (detection down to 1 Pa) grid-based sensor array, an interface controller, and software.