Greenville, SC, November 06, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- SensorTech has been awarded the 2009 InnoVision award in the Small Enterprise category. The Small Enterprise Award Recognizes a small business entity, defined as an organization with fewer than 50 full-time employees or less than $20 million in revenue, for the innovative application or development of a technology-based product, process or service.
SensorTech is an advanced materials company commercializing a “smart” polymer technology (smart plastics) originally developed at Clemson University’s Department of Bioengineering. This technology transforms ordinary plastic polymers into electrically conductive sensors that can measure pressure, force, torque, and vibration. Dr. Andrew Clark, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer, led the research to develop this new material and method to directly measure contact between two surfaces. In 2005 Dr. Clark and Dr. Martine LaBerge, Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University, were named co-inventors of this patent pending sensing material. In May, 2007 Chuck Pringle and Dr. Clark founded SensorTech and located temporary offices for the Company at the Clemson University incubator facility in Pendleton, S.C. In July, 2007 SensorTech was admitted into the S.C. Launch! Program and received a University Startup Assistance Grant. The Company moved from Pendleton, SC to Greenville, SC in January, 2008. In June, 2008 SensorTech became the exclusive licensee for the foundational patent with the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF). It includes 37 broad claims based on the invention of a conductive composite material formed of a polymer and conductive filler. The first commercially available product will launch in late 2009.
SensorTech’s patent pending technology converts polymers into “smart plastics” to help make other company’s products and processes more intelligent. The material itself can be used as a sensor or it can be used as a component in other sensors in a wide variety of applications to measure contact force because of its durability, formability, accuracy, cost effectiveness and wide range of measurement. The electrical properties of our smart polymer sensors draw as much as 100 times less current than traditional sensors making them ideal for wireless/battery applications and energy conservation. The formability of our smart polymer sensors enables measurement of 3-D surfaces. Our technology can be developed into load cells and transducers which measure single points of force or pressure distribution sensors which measure multiple points of force. Smart polymer sensors increase productivity and improve performance.