Tactilus(r) electronic tactile force and pressure indicating sensor can monitor how force is disbursed between any two contacting or mating surfaces in real-time while the event occurs. In general, the technology can be used for any application where pressure between 0.1 to 9,000 psi (0.007 to 632.7 kg/cm2) is applied on a workpiece. The system consists of an electronic sensor element "skin" with sensing points, an interface controller and software. The sensing points can be spaced as close as 1 mm (0.04 in.) apart and can collect data as rapidly as 100 times per second.