Sensor Technologies

PRE-ELEC® electrically conductive plastics for sensors, wearables, and body monitoring applications

Electrically conductive plastics can be used in safety edges, body monitoring devices, and other wearable applications. They also provide safety for passengers in transportation, hospitals, and other care settings and can be used in sports applications.

Safety edges

Safety edges are sensors that protect people and products from closing doors and hatches. They can protect cars from closing garage doors, passengers from closing train doors, or products on production lines from breakage.

An example: A garage door

A safety edge made of PRE-ELEC® electrically conductive plastics makes it safe to close a garage door. The profile bends temporarily when the door touches something solid, such as a car or a person. The bending acts as contact detection and signals the door mechanism to stop its movement. Unless such safety measures are included in systems operating with powerful motors, a severe level of danger is present.

The safety edge operation principle is demonstrated. The pressure-activated contact sends an electric current between the + and - terminals, which can be used as an input for electronics. Current implies a contact and lack of current implies that the safety edge is not in contact with anything.



Electrically conductive plastics are also essential materials, e.g., in hospital environments and body monitoring technologies.

Several drivers increase the need for electrically conductive plastics: rapid technology development creates high demands for devices and products. In many cases, technologies are based on body monitoring and signal transmission; durable and flexible material applications are needed. Electrically conductive plastics meet the demands. Conductive polymers are also an excellent choice for replacing metal.

We have innovated conductive, flexible, durable material solutions for various devices and applications. Many of them are also ideal for skin contact:

  • Body monitoring and other wearable electronics
  • ECG electrodes

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