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Quantum Tunnelling Composite Sensor Development Contributes to BrightSparks Award Win for Peratech Engineer

Tim Wiles, Signal Processing and Analysis Engineer at Peratech, has won a BrightSparks award at a prestigious London ceremony held last week in The Palace of Westminster.

Richmond, Yorkshire, UK – May 9 2017. Tim Wiles, Signal Processing and Analysis Engineer at Peratech, has won a BrightSparks award at a prestigious London ceremony held last week in The Palace of Westminster. The BrightSparks programme is organised by Electronics Weekly in partnership with RS Components to highlight the brightest and most talented young electronics engineers under 30 years old in the UK today. The programme aims to inspire and encourage new entrants into electronics careers which is particularly important in the context of the industry’s well-publicised skills gap and the efforts of the UK government and other organisations to encourage greater take-up in schools and universities of STEM and engineering-related subjects.

The judges were looking for young engineers either studying or in the early stages of their career who are likely to shape UK electronics in the coming years. Tim was among only 29 engineers selected by the judges this year.

Tim gained a PhD in Atomic and Molecular Physics in 2014 from the University of Durham, and worked for IT consultancy firm Waterstons before joining Peratech.  His primary responsibility is to investigate, understand, and predict the behaviour of Quantum Tunnelling Composite sensors. This led to his heading up a project to transform how Peratech qualifies its sensors and the development of a global quality data network to capture and analyse test data from factories in the UK and Asia where Peratech sensors are made.

Tim commented, “I’m delighted to have been selected from such a competitive field by the BrightSparks judges as an award winner. Peratech may be a small company but we hope to have a big impact on products and applications across the consumer, industrial, automotive, and healthcare markets.  We have a very talented team of collaborative and supportive engineers working here, making it a great place to develop skills while working on a ground breaking technology.”

Lindsley Ruth, CEO of RS Components and BrightSparks judging panel member said, “Promoting engineering as a career to young people is something that is very close to my heart. We currently face a shortage of skilled engineers entering the industry and that worries me. There is a huge opportunity for youngsters who consider engineering as a career path; an opportunity that enables them to contribute to the economy and to make people’s lives better, more efficient and more entertaining.”

Photo caption left to right:
Josh Brooks, Publisher, Electronics Weekly; Tim Wiles, Signal Processing and Analysis Engineer, Peratech; Lindsley Ruth, CEO, RS Components and BrightSparks judging panel member.

About Peratech

Based on patented Quantum Tunnelling Composite (QTC®) technology, Peratech’s force sensors bring a new dimension to touch controls. QTC materials change from being an almost perfect insulator to becoming increasingly conductive in proportion to the amount of force applied to them. The materials are very resilient, with predictable deformation and recovery, so that changes in resistance from even the slightest pressure on the QTC material are both predictable and repeatable over more than a million cycles.

For designers of human machine interfaces (HMIs), QTC technology offers unrivalled creative freedom and opportunities for product differentiation in both ergonomics and aesthetics. It makes touch buttons, panels and displays far easier to use.

Peratech’s award-winning, thin and flexible QTC sensors come in single-point, 3D single-touch, and 3D multi-touch versions. They can be used above, below or around rigid or flexible displays, or under metal, plastic, wood or glass surfaces. The QTC touch experience is intuitive, consistent, precise, durable and reliable, whatever the environment, even when using gloved fingers or in the presence of moisture.

The diverse applications for QTC force sensors include consumer and automotive electronics, smart home systems and appliances and industrial controls. Over a million devices around the world now employ the technology. Peratech’s custom design and integration service minimises both cost and time-to-market. The company also offers a range of standard products. Peratech Holdco Ltd. is a privately held company based in Richmond, Yorkshire, UK.

Quantum Tunnelling Composite and QTC are registered trademarks of Peratech Holdco Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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