Tapeswitch headline with pressure sensing for stage automation

Tapeswitch is Britain’s leading brand of bespoke electrical switches and sensing products. The Tapeswitch group of companies use their patented “press-at-any-point” ribbon-switch technology and other switching principles and techniques to provide innovative solutions to a multitude of applications in many market sectors.

Stage Technologies is a leading provider of stage engineering and automation in the global live performance market. Responsible for helping to realise many industry firsts and defining moments in live entertainment since their inception in 1994, Stage Technologies have an ongoing requirement for a reliable and innovative partner to supply them with bespoke pressure sensitive mats.

Stage Technologies operate in a prestigious and very high profile industry where failure is not an option, choosing Tapeswitch as their preferred supplier has delivered new levels of innovation, reliability and durability for Stage Technologies pressure sensitive mat requirements. Pressure sensitive mats have been installed to the treads of curved staircases producing spectacular and moving scenes for star studded musical extravaganzas. With one such project the staircase retracted once the actor had moved on to the next step giving the illusion that he was walking in mid-air.

These particular Tapeswitch pressure sensitive mats are manufactured using a new advanced technology and have been designed for use in control applications, like the staircase project, and not Tapeswitch’s more usual safety applications. The mats are very thin and are capable of being discreetly fitted under most flooring surfaces without causing a trip hazard. The perfect application for this type of sensor is in situations where the thickness of the sensor is critical. This innovative use of ribbon switch technology introduces a more reliable and durable sensor for new and exciting signalling and control applications.

Karen Keighley of Tapeswitch commented, “Working with Stage Technologies gives us some very challenging and exciting problems to solve but the results are spectacular. We produce totally bespoke solutions dependent on the requirements of the application, helping to deliver the creatives’ vision.”

Tapeswitch’s reputation has been built by providing pressure-sensitive products with durability and reliability to meet the customer’s specific criteria, and deliver a greater return on investment due to a high quality build and increased longevity.