Waterloo's Terepac, which specializes in tiny digital electronics, has partnered with Rockwell Automation to produce large volumes of its micro circuits for the "Internet of Things," which is commonly defined as uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure that requires radio frequency identification (RFID).
Rockwell Automation will support the infrastructure that Terepac uses for its proprietary process, enabling it to miniaturize significantly more circuits than its current capability.
"Advanced manufacturing technology is rapidly transforming the global competitive landscape, and Terepac is using its unique technology to produce very small circuits," said Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Rockwell Automation. "We have a unique opportunity to help Terepac scale its breakthrough technology and advance microelectronics to the next level."
"We're pleased to work with Rockwell Automation's highly qualified team because they're a world leader in the delivery of industrial automation solutions," said Terepac CEO Ric Asselstine. "They share our goal to create extraordinary technology to give people everywhere more useful information about the world around them."
In April Terepac announced the TereTag, which allows virtually any object to become part of the "Internet of Things". The tag, embedded unobtrusively in its host, "provides a wide range of capabilities to identify, communicate, and operate with more security and efficiency."
"Giving an electronic voice to an almost limitless number and type of objects can result in unpredecented gains in efficiency, insight and organizational change," added Ric. "From health conditions to energy efficiency to more optimized industrial processes, we are learning the potential advances made possible by applying this technology. We are delighted to have Rockwell Automation work with us."
Terepac makes it possible to significantly reduce the size and weight of electronics in existing devices, and to introduce electronics into or onto devices where previously not thought possible.