Electronics & Computers

Terepac and Rockwell Automation to Collaborate

June 12, 2012

Based on the agreement, Rockwell Automation will work with Terepac to significantly increase production of micro circuits to support the Internet of Things.

WATERLOO, ON /PRNewswire/ -- Terepac Corp., a pioneer in the world's tiniest digital electronics, and Rockwell Automation Inc. have engaged so Terepac can produce large volumes of its micro circuits for the "Internet of Things"—uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure that requires radio frequency identification as a prerequisite.

Based on the agreement, 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 unprecedented gains in efficiency, insight, and organizational change," said Asselstine. "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."

About Terepac
Terepac Corp., a pioneer in the burgeoning Internet of Things, has developed a breakthrough semiconductor packaging and assembly method to allow effective handling and packaging of the tiniest imaginable chips, objects, and electronic components at its limit to the nanometer scale. As a result, sophisticated microelectronics can be printed on flexible substrates at a fraction of the size and cost of conventional methods. Entire structures with microprocessors, memory, and sensors can be reduced to less than a millimeter square, thinner than paper, and flexible enough to bend around a pencil with no sacrifice in performance.

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. The result is a new category of electronics that "gives voice to the world" thereby creating a novel window into object condition and behavior and an entirely new source of managed and visualized big data.

Terepac Corp. is privately held with headquarters in Waterloo, ON, Canada.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation Inc., the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, Rockwell Automation employs about 21,000 people, serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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