Peratech is a team of creative problem-solvers on a mission to transform the interaction between humans and machines.

Since Peratech began, we've spent extensive amounts of time and effort on solving the questions around our technology. Questions about performance, integration and manufacturability to name a few.

To help us solve those questions we've developed bespoke methods and tools. We now understand how different QTC formulations flow under various conditions. We've used special microscopy techniques to study the impact of ink surface characteristics on sensor performance. We've even developed and built custom test equipment when we found nothing on the market could satisfy our performance requirements.

The level of understanding we've gained from our research has enabled us to improve every aspect of our sensors. We've created sensors with levels of durability, repeatability and environmental consistency unmatched by the competition.

To complement our sensors, Peratech has built a team of software experts to develop custom embedded electronics and algorithms. By providing a complete tactile-sensing module, we enable our customers to rapidly develop next-generation tactile-sensing solutions for a wide variety of markets—such as mobile devices, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, medical, gaming, AR and VR and computers.

No matter how great a tactile-sensing solution is, mechanical integration can be the limiting factor. Poor-quality integration can mean low sensor sensitivity, and unreliable performance-which directly translates to poor user experience. Excellent user experience is key to the success of Peratech and our customers. We place such importance on the integration of our solutions that we have teams across the world dedicated to solving these problems for our customers.

We pride ourselves on offering an end to end solution. We've developed the manufacturing capability, built supply chain partnerships with globally recognised manufacturing partners and worked with major OEMs. Everything we do has one goal in mind—to give our customers real value. Whether that's by helping them to get to market faster, reduced design or manufacturing cost or by providing options to differentiate their product from the competition.

To date, Peratech QTC solutions have been used in smartphones, electronic whiteboards, cordless drills, gaming mice, smart stylus and even NASA robots! The breadth and depth of development projects we have worked on have led to a healthy International Patent Portfolio covering our core IP.

Peratech is proud to be part of the group of companies sponsoring Made Here Now. We're passionate about encouraging our staff and interns to develop their skills, expand their potential and build a career within the manufacturing sector.

While our efforts to achieve our goals is truly global; they start in the UK. Peratech is proudly based in North Yorkshire and has offices in the USA, China, Sweden, South Korea and Japan.

Working at Peratech

‘Peratech is always looking to the future, for our people and our products.’

A company is only as good as the people that work for it. Peratech measures its success by the fulfilling and valuable work our talented staff achieve that creates commercial success. How do we support this as a company? We encourage everyone to participate in creating an environment in which all our team members can fearlessly test new ideas. Not all plans work out, but they all keep us moving forward to turning our list of goals into accomplishments. Having the freedom and support to experiment, and accepting not every idea is going to succeed, unleashes the mind—that's where the real innovation lies.

People are the driving force behind Peratech. We come from a wide range of backgrounds, including farming, the police force, pharmaceuticals and catering. There is no single route to a successful career in manufacturing. What's more important is your ability and the skills you pick up along your journey that you can transfer to different industries.

Research at Peratech

Research is key to developing new solutions and improving current ones. To create and deliver a comprehensive solution requires a wide range of skills. Disciplines such as physics, chemistry, mechanical design, embedded systems and software development, materials science, and signal analysis all contribute to our success.

Dr Tim Wiles, Senior Development Scientist

"Recently, I've been exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) and especially deep learning techniques can help us throughout our sensing systems. Deep learning has already helped to solve many problems outside our field of focus—problems for which a solution was deemed practically impossible to find. The number of issues and potential solutions deep learning, and the field of AI can be applied to are broad; as broad as human creativity itself. Intelligent application of deep learning is leading to fascinating applications, such as automatically colouring old black and white photos, interpreting and generating speech with fantastic accuracy, classifying many objects rapidly in a complex scene, and even creating new music. But why is Peratech interested in deep learning? We see promise in using deep learning to filter and classify complex input signals from our sensors to predict user intent in real-time. Traditional algorithms are unwieldy and very limited in scope—they don't cope well with complex inputs, which are typical of our sensors. Instead of manually trying to cover all bases, we can train a neural network to learn what inputs to look for and what outputs to provide. This has the potential to deliver game-changing improvements to force-sensing technology and its applications."

Internships at Peratech

A large part of Peratech's ethos is to help in the careers of STEM students. Our close links to Durham University and the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA) allow us to take on several interns every year over the summer holiday. We provide them with mentorship and the experience of research in a real-world environment. This helps them gain valuable skills - skills that will benefit them through their education and into their careers.

Through collaboration and mentoring from a variety of members of staff, our interns have worked on a variety of projects such as:

  • Developing rheological test procedures to quantify the behaviour of inks
  • Investigating rheological behaviours of different ink formulations and conditioned inks
  • Investigating surface characteristics of composite films using white light interferometry
  • Investigating methodologies to measure solids content in inks
  • Undertaking literature reviews for new sensing technologies
  • Developing a shelf life analysis application (using MATLAB)
  • Developing automated analysis techniques for routine test methods (using MATLAB)
  • Developing a finite element analysis (FEA) model of our sensors

Case Studies

Ramin Lolachi

I found out about the possibilities of internship at Peratech through Dr Tim Wiles. Peratech seemed like an exciting company where I would find opportunities that would both match my current skills base and help develop it. It also offered a window into learning what it is like to work in the tech industry.

I started my internship after completing my PhD in Planetary Science at the University of Oxford. The majority of my time has been spent looking at Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulations around Peratech's sensor testing method. The project aims to explore, through numerical simulation, the nature of probe tip behaviour during this procedure as well as investigating the future applicability of FEA to the company's goals.

Working on such a complicated problem has really cemented my understanding of FEA, which I'm sure will of great benefit to me in my future career.

Peratech is a great company to work for. The nature of what you find yourself doing is very dynamic, and that keeps things from ever being boring!

Mufaddal Totanawala

Toward the end of my 2nd year in Bioengineering at the University of Sheffield, I realised I was quite interested in programming. I started looking for summer opportunities where I could get a bit of experience in software development, and learn best practices in the field.

During my search, I came across Peratech, and when I dug a little deeper, I found Peratech's technology quite fascinating. I also remember reading that Peratech's QTC nanotechnology received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation, this achievement was also a motivator for me to work at Peratech since it showed that the company really valued innovation.

My job was to create an application on MATLAB to analyse data received from Peratech's force sensors during batch testing. I also was working to improve application usability and data visualisation.

The summer internship made me competent in MATLAB and enhanced my problem-solving skills. This was really helpful as MATLAB was a tool used throughout my degree in modules such as medical physics and control systems. This internship gave me a deeper understanding of the software, which benefited me with those modules and for my final year project.

The data analysis skills that I gained over that summer still benefit me in my current job as a Graduate Project Manager at ARM. The work I did at Peratech gave me a solid foundation into data analysis which currently helps me ask the right questions early on and prevent last-minute surprises in my project.

Katherine Carter

In the fourth year of my Master of Chemistry degree, I did a fair bit of coding, which I enjoyed a lot. I wanted to gain more coding experience, and I was looking for an industrial placement that would help me do this. I spoke to a previous Peratech intern, who learnt a lot from his time there and highly recommended it as a place that could help me.

During my time at Peratech, I have done a literature search of sensor technologies to try and find new materials that may aid research here. I have also helped to develop an app for (Shelf-life) data analysis and added additional code to a pre-existing app to widen its analysis capacity.

I've really enjoyed learning more about coding in an industrial setting and tackling problems in different ways. It's definitely improved my coding skills, and I'm sure it'll be a big help as I go on to do my PhD. Life at Peratech has been really fast-paced with a wide variety of tasks. But that does provide a real fun element to the work, and everyone has been friendly and helpful, so it didn't seem so daunting.