Sensors & Instrumentation Live 2019

Sensors & Instrumentation Live returns to the NEC, Birmingham for its special 10 year anniversary show on 25th and 26th September 2019. Located in Hall 2 and co-located with the TCT Show, the exhibition brings together the best instruments and sensors from market-leading companies. Registration for the UK’s only dedicated sensors exhibition is free and your ticket will get you access to training, demonstrations and a lot more.

For the last ten years, Sensors & Instrumentation Live has been bringing visitors the latest sensor technology that has been driving this connectivity. Mouser Electronics is the headline sponsor of this year’s special anniversary event, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 25th and 26th September 2019. The company’s sensors portfolio is highly complementary to the exhibition. Graham Maggs, Mouser Electronics’ VP Marketing Europe, explains why Sensors & Instrumentation Live is a must attend event for anyone interested in sensor solutions and the connected world: “Sensors & Instrumentation Live is important to the industry because it provides a vital and vibrant forum for discussion. In particular, at Mouser we are seeing huge interest in our burgeoning portfolio of sensor solutions. We believe that this is because of the realisation and uptake of a huge number of designs which come under the umbrella heading of IoT. Every IoT implementation – smart home/ factory/ office/city, remote diagnostics, autonomous vehicle, smart grid – relies on data. Therefore, many IoT designs start with the choice of sensor. Temperature, speed, pressure, flow, gas detection, movement, person detection, light – these are just some of the sensor types offered by Mouser. We are delighted to sponsor Sensors & Instrumentation Live and look forward to a lively event.”

Sensors are among many of the technologies that will be on display at the exhibition. Bronkhorst, Charcroft Electronics, Keller, Kistler Instruments and Rheintacho are just some of the market-leading companies that will be displaying their products at Sensors & Instrumentation Live 2019.

Kistler Instruments will be showing KiDAQ, a new, modular data acquisition system.

The modular design of KiDAQ makes virtually unlimited channels and distributed systems a reality whatever the application; industrial, laboratory, permanent and mobile applications.

Charcroft Electronics, a specialist distributor and manufacturer of electronic components for harsh and high-end applications, with an extensive linecard featuring many key manufacturers, will also be at the exhibition.

Commenting on Charcroft’s decision to exhibit at Sensors & Instrumentation Live, Kathryn Stevenson says: “It is important as a showcase for companies to demonstrate their capabilities, products and support available. It is an excellent opportunity to engage with customers as well as connect with potential customers, with specialised focus on the Sensor and Instrumentation market sector.”

The University of Birmingham’s Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM) will also be represented at the show. The University of Birmingham collaborates with organisations of all sizes, from global corporates to local SMEs, with a focus on driving innovation through collaborative research partnerships. They form partnerships with business, to work on transformative projects and make important things happen.

Aware that the financial cost of generating new ideas, technologies and processes to help you achieve competitive advantage can be high, CIAMM sits firmly amongst the leading research universities in the UK and plays a pivotal role in facilitating economic development through its business support programmes.

Visitors to the University of Birmingham stand at Sensors & Instrumentation Live will receive specific details on the CIAMM business support programme.

Julian Moore, business engagement manager, CIAMM, says: “Sensors & Instrumentation Live is important to the industry as there is natural parallel with the exciting developments occurring within the area of quantum technologies.”

Moore adds: “Sensors are found in most every day products and play a vital role in supporting an increasing range of data requirements. It is essential this exhibition continue to highlight the latest technology in the fields of test, measurement and control, so businesses can explore and exploit the great opportunities that exist, particularly in rail, transport and telecommunications.”

KDP Electronic Systems will be exhibiting its products at the event. The company provides solutions to customers in the commercial, defence, transportation, aerospace and industrial markets. In supporting these markets, KDP represents in the UK a wide range of industry standard products from renowned global companies, Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies, CTC and Vigor Technology.

Malcolm White, KDP, says: “The Sensor & Instrumentation Live Show provides the ideal platform for promoting products of the highest quality. KDP are committed to provide the very best customer support and service. It is essential to monitor asset health, keep valuable machines running, minimising downtime and reducing costs.”

Another exhibitor at Sensors & Instrumentation Live has reasons to celebrate this year. Like the exhibition, Rheintacho UK has a special anniversary in 2019. The company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

At the show, Rheintacho UK is going to show its newest products. One of them is the new M8 rotational speed sensor which is not only one of the smallest available worldwide, but also includes temperature measurement. This of course make life easier for any engineer who requires both features.

In addition, the company is going to show the newest member of its stroboscope family, the LED PocketStrobe laser. This portable strobe has a patented integrated laser which enables auto synchronisation and is among the brightest available for smaller handheld devices. Rheintacho is going to be demonstrating this strobe at the fair in Innovation in Action.

On top of that, the company’s eddy current tachometers are now ATEX certified offering the market safe measurement in hazardous areas. This product family includes many sizes in 14 different tachometer types and includes different types of gearboxes.

Commenting on the exhibition, a representative from Rheintacho UK says: “It offers the opportunity to promote innovation in the sensors industry beyond application boundaries. The networking possibilities also promote collaboration and referrals.”

Sensonics is another company that will be showcasing its products at Sensors & Instrumentation Live. The company is an expert in vibration, displacement and speed monitoring solutions.

Jason Kingdom, sales manager at Sensonics, says: “Sensonics is committed to developing the most innovative and effective solutions for vibration, position and speed instrumentation for critical machine condition monitoring applications in power generation and process manufacturing industries around the world. This is Sensonics’ first time exhibiting at the Sensors & Instrumentation Live show, it seems to be a great opportunity for us to meet a new group of visitors in a very relevant sector gaining excellent exposure for our wide standard product range as well as highlighting our bespoke engineering solutions capability.”

These companies are just a small selection of the exhibitors that will be at this year’s Sensors & Instrumentation Live.

Innovation Showcase

As well as seeing products on stands, visitors also have the opportunity to view a selection of the best technology in the Innovation Showcase. The ever popular Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Bronkhorst, provides an assembly of the most cutting-edge products and solutions available from exhibitors. Visitors can get hands-on with devices and make sure they do not miss out on a single thing. Exhibitors lined up to take part in the Innovation Showcase include Charcroft Electronics, Mantracourt, Bronkhorst, Broadband Technology 2000, Rheintacho, Keller, SIKA, Aerodyn and Devtank.

The Innovation Showcase is just one of the feature areas at Sensors & Instrumentation Live. And to celebrate the event’s 10 year anniversary, the exhibition will see the introduction of new feature areas that will explore the latest technological innovations and provide insight from top organisations on how to grow businesses or streamline productivity.

Sensing innovation – the Engineering Symposium

This year, Sensors & Instrumentation is teaming up with DJB Instruments to deliver CPD-accredited training that will help you to develop your understanding of sensors and instruments to improve the quality of your data. The training is driven by sensor innovation and the very latest in engineering. DJB has brought together a team of speakers from leading technology and engineering companies from around the world to present a two day programme of technical seminars.

John Tyrrell, managing director at TTS Systems, will be presenting “Strain Gauge Loadcells – the basics of use…”. Whether you are measuring load, weight or force you will be using a loadcell. Now it may be a foil or silicon strain gauge, aluminum, steel or exotic material, sealed or not, to name but a few design features. But do not forget the fundamentals – otherwise the data will be worthless! Tyrrell will explain the basics of strain gauge loadcell use to help you improve the quality of your data.

Neill Ovenden, managing director at DJB Instruments, will be presenting “Accelerometers, The Truth and more…”. An understanding of how a sensor works is critical to its correct selection and use. This seminar will provide a fundamental overview of how a piezoelectric accelerometer operates and the key factors to ensure correct use and data accuracy, remember a vibration environment is damaging and dynamic!

Ben Haest, Quality Electronics Design, Luxembourg, will be delivering the seminar “Automation in Environmental Testing”. Other topics will include: “Challenges of developing wireless sensor communication” and “Kurtosis control impacts on reality of test simulation”.

Innovation in Action

Innovation in Action, sponsored by PCB Piezotronics, is a new feature introduced

for the 10 year anniversary event. Innovation in Action will see live demonstrations of some of the best products on the market. As well as giving you the opportunity to see how these products work in real life, you can have your questions answered by the experts in person.

Companies already confirmed to speak in Innovation in Action include PCB Piezotronics, Devtank, Kistler, SIKA and Bronkhorst. PCB Piezotronics is a designer, manufacturer, and global supplier of accelerometers, microphones, force, torque, load, strain, and pressure sensors, as well as the pioneer of ICP technology. This instrumentation is used by design engineers and predictive maintenance professionals worldwide for test, measurement, monitoring, and control requirements in automotive, aerospace, industrial, R&D, military, educational, commercial, OEM applications, and more. You can see a live demonstration of PCB products in Innovation in Action.

Devtank will be demonstrating its new open source modular test product called HILTOP (Hardware In-the-loop Test Operating Platform). The platform contains an integral motherboard/controller adopting a flexible split architecture with 64bit ARM processor and parallel FPGA hardware acceleration if required. It has a High Speed Open-VTI backplane provides modular expansion using the Eurocard form factor and upgradeable FPGA SO-DIMM modules. A powerful 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex CPU (Raspberry Pi Compute Module CM3-Lite) and ICE40 8K FPGA combo can be fitted as an option. All this comes packaged in a robust industrial grade instrumentation case built to last.

Devtank’s comprehensive flexible platform allows test, measurement and control solutions to be realised using numerous built in multi-channel interfaces such as USB2.0, LVDS, CAN-FD and RS485. It can be easily expanded to add new interfaces and capability using the Open-VTI backplane and Eurocard expansion format. Automated testing gives faster and more accurate measurements through optimised hardware and software integration to provide both electrical and functional test coverage of the device under test (DUT).

Bronkhorst is a leader in mass flow meter / mass flow controller technology for gases and liquids, pressure controllers and evaporation systems. Bronkhorst’s Damian Walker will be giving a demonstration of the company’s LDM (Liquid Dosing Module) in Innovation in Action. The LDM is a modular assembly of a Bronkhorst mini CORI-FLOW mass flow meter and a pump system, built together in a robust enclosure as a complete unit with integrated power supply and touch-screen interface. It is capable of very low flow continuous or batch dosing.

Enterprise Hub

As well as finding the instrumentation you need, Sensors & Instrumentation Live offers a prime opportunity to grow your business in the new Enterprise Hub. Representatives from key engineering institutions and organisations will give a series of invaluable presentations, giving visitors an insight into topics including funding, training, apprenticeships and standards as well as insight into how to make the most of supply chains.

Sensor City’s head of engineering, Daniel Watson, will be giving the talk ‘Sensor City – Inside a Global Innovation Hub’. Watson will introduce Sensor City by discussing its in-house laboratory facilities and technical expertise. He will also provide case study examples of sensors and IoT lab projects that have involved Sensor City. In addition, Watson will outline future plans for Sensor City and outline collaborative opportunities that are available.

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is one of the organisations signed up to speak in the Enterprise Hub. DASA finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity. Andrew Peaty, innovation partner at DASA, will be leading the talk ‘Innovation for a Safer Future; the Defence and Security Accelerator’. Peaty will describe how innovators can work with DASA and what the initiative is looking for in applications for funding. He will also present the current competitions being run by DASA and give an overview of the likely future calls.

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (The IET) will also be sharing their expertise in the Enterprise Hub. Dan Canty, accreditation & awards manager at The IET, is going to give the talk ‘An introduction to apprenticeship and technician qualifications’. As well as providing an introduction to the qualifications, the talk will cover where to access information and support and how the IET supports engineering apprentices, providers and employers.

Another speaker lined up for the Enterprise Hub is Charlotte Horobin, membership director – Midlands & East of England, Make UK. In her talk ‘‘Making It Happen’ – A view from UK manufacturing and the challenges and choices that lie ahead’, Horobin will provide an overview of Make UK’s research of how the sector is faring in these challenging times and will explore some of the key hurdles that need to be capitalised on, turning them into opportunities such as skills, productivity and export.

Julian Moore, business engagement manager at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM), will be explaining how quantum theory is driving the development of more accurate, faster and portable technologies. CIAMM offers pre-funded assistance to help SMEs solve quality-related challenges through advanced inspection and measurement, enabling them to realise their new product aspirations. It delivers support by providing access to specialist expertise, world-class facilities and a wide network of collaborative partners. Find out how CIAMM can help you in the Enterprise Hub.

Other organisations that are signed up to be at the event include the British Measurement & Test Association (BMTA), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), TUV SUD, TTE Technical Institute and GAMBICA.

Regiter for your free ticket

Attendance to any of the seminars in the Enterprise Hub and Engineering Symposium as well as all of the other features is free to visitors. Your ticket will also get you access to the co-located TCT Show so register now by visiting

Portable Compressed Air Quality Analysis Now With Particle Measurement Down to 0.1µm

SUTO iTEC GmbH have recently announced that their S600 portable compressed air purity analyser has been upgraded with a new particle sensor to provide particle measurement fully in line with the requirements of ISO 8573-1.

The S600 was already a highly successful unit but the lower particle limit of 0.3µm was a problem for those that wanted to measure strictly to the ISO 8573 limits. The new sensor design removes these issues and is also available in the new S132 standalone particle counter and S601 wall mounted continuous air purity analyser. In addition to particles, the S600 measures dew point down to -100°C, pressure and oil vapour in order to produce its pdf reports.

Labcal PRO Precision Thermometer

The Labcal PRO from Labfacility is fully characterised for Pt100 sensors and all major thermocouples J,K,N,T,E,R,S and B. Exceptionally stable automatic cold junction compensation with a rejection of 100:1 is incorporated for thermocouple ranges. Alternatively, external or manual referencing can be selected as required.

Displayed values and user information are indicated on a bright clear OLED screen with diffused backlighting. Data can be displayed in °C, °F, K, Ω or mV as required; nine front panel push keys, the only user controls, are used in conjunction with the display screen. It is this arrangement which makes for very simple and ‘friendly’ operation.

The Labcal PRO can accept two Pt100 sensors and/or two thermocouples of similar or different types (J,K,N,T,E,R,S and B). The measured temperature can be displayed directly from one of the inputs or differentially between similar or different inputs. Differential temperature and the two individual channel temperatures are displayed simultaneously.

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Telephone:         01243 871280





Linking Automation and IT

IO-Link master for the automation and IT world

New AL19-series panel-mount master units from leading automation company ifm electronic  act as a gateway between intelligent sensors and the field bus, and at the same time create a link to the IT world.  This means a manufacturer can control production but also monitor the process and machinery with asynchronous diagnostic data.

The IT network is accessed via the IoT Ethernet socket on the unit completely separately from the automation network. Sensor information is transferred to the IT world via the established TCP/IP JSON interface, keeping automation data isolated and free from interruption, because machine uptime is of highest priority.  This means that the other priority, of collating system information for maintaining productivity, can be safely sent to the IT and ERP systems.

Full IO-Link 1.1 functionality, e.g. parameter saving, is an integral part of the AL19 series, which are designed to work with common industrial field bus systems (Profinet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat).

ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products.

New Ultrasonic Sensors Launched from Sensor Centre

UQ1 All New Miniature Cubic Ultrasonic Sensor

This brand new miniature ultrasonic sensor by MD Micro Detectors has a rectangular housing with an M18 front face & M3 side fixings. There are sensing ranges up to 1200mm with adjustment made using the teach-in button. The sensors are available with PNP or NPN switching & all models except those with IO-Link have analogue 0 to 10V or 4 to 20mA output as standard.  The UQ1 can also be used to replace most miniature photoelectric sensors. With IP67 protection & a working temperature range of -20 ° C to + 70 ° C the QU1 is ideal for detection & measurement in harsh & dirty environments.

Typical applications for the UQ1 models would be level detection & the detection of targets regardless of their colour, transparency or brightness (features that would compromise correct functioning of a photocell), from blister pack detection in pharmaceutical systems to detecting packaging in the food industry. This “without limits” technology allows the user to always obtain optimal and precise results.

UT5 M30 Ultrasonic Sensor with 8m Range

With the introduction of the NEW MD Micro Detectors UT5 ultrasonic series we can now offer a direct detection range of 8m. The sensor is available with an M30 Stainless Steel body & benefits from touch to teach setup.
Models are available with NPN or PNP switching as well as analogue 0-10V or 4 to 20mA output as standard. The sensor has the option of synchronisation or multiplex connectivity but we now also offer the option of IO-Link on all our ultrasonic sensors.

Contact Sensor Centre at or call 01844 201607

Smart mechanical flow control from Kobold Instruments

One of the main benefits of Kobold’s REG flow restrictors is that they provide precise mechanical flow control and conditioning, so operate without any electrical power supply.  They also maintain the constant flow rate of fluids with great accuracy (± 0.2 L/min) regardless of fluctuating inlet pressure.  By using an impressively simple but unique principle, combined with precision engineered components the REG delivers quality and reliability ensuring lifelong and maintenance-free use.

How it works

With the REG the constant flow is realized by means of stainless steel spring plates (the so-called control orifice) and a ring or control funnel arranged thereafter. Depending on the differential pressure, the gap between control panel and ring varies. This keeps the flow rate constant.  Depending on the flow rate, one to four control panels are used in different arrangements.

In comparison 

The REG is unlike restrictor products from other manufacturers.  Usually they use a combination of rubber and metal discs, each with a round cavity in the middle. Water pressure compresses the elastic rubber disc, which changes the diameter of the cavity and thus regulates the flow; however, this only works as long as the rubber elasticity is intact!  Due to temperature, chemical influence and aging, the molecular structure of the rubber changes over time and as a result, the elasticity is lost, causing hardening of the rubber and therefore the flow cannot be regulated or guaranteed. This condition becomes problematic and above all expensive if this characteristic is underestimated or not pointed out.

With the REG the maximum flow rate per controlling element is 40 l / min. There are options available with multiple elements in threaded and flanged connections, available in brass and stainless steel with a maximum differential pressure of 10 BAR.  Thread connection sizes are ½ and ¾ male and female.  The available flow rates (Single Element) are: 0,5, 1,2,3,4,6,10,12,14,16,18,20,25,30 and 40 l/min.

With the REG, Kobold maintains a high degree of success in a wide range of industrial applications around the world.

REG – Simple and with 6-fold element

(Diagram: Example of a flow rate of 15 l / min in relation to a fixed orifice)

REGs are ideal for those applications where a constant flow rate is needed despite pressure fluctuations in the system, e.g. by switching on and off of consumers.

Fields of application for the Kobold flow restrictor REG:

Water supply

  • Even water distribution


Pump Protection

  • For protection against overheating during zero flow, water hammer and cavitation.







Remote heating distribution

Optimum flow rates in the heat exchanger circuit.

Industrial applications

  • Constant maintenance of different oil flow rates in a block system for lubrication in wind turbines.
  • Cooling and lubrication of CNC tooling and cutting machines, as well as various machining centers.
  • For cooling and maintaining the temperature of aluminum diecasting molds in car engine production or packaging machines for the food and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Cooling circuit X-ray machines, laser machines, photovoltaic systems.
  • Wire welding machines, coating and vacuum systems, induction hardening machines.
  • Water circuits for heating and cooling systems.
  • Use in printing machines for spray dampening. The REG limits the hot water consumption of the printing press in front of the spraying unit.
  • For protection against manual incorrect settings of the flow in machines and plants.
  • In areas with pressure fluctuations, REG ensure required water supply to machinery and equipment.
  • Dust suppression via constant flow through sprinkler.

Dosing Applications      

  • For optimum mixing of liquids
  • Accurate chemical mixing

Water supply / agriculture / irrigation

  • Desired water distribution to all stables during livestock farming.
  • Optimum flow rates at all delivery points.
  • Irrigation control and irrigation systems.

Fire brigade and fire protection applications

  • Flow rate limitation and even distribution to all strands.
  • Accurate foaming agent dosing.

Emergency shower systems in industry

  • Flow restrictors provide the required amount of water on all emergency showers


  • Flow rate limiters prevent excessive amounts of water.

Water treatment

  • Backwash flow control avoids fluid loss.
  • UV sterilization: Controlled flow rate for bacterial destruction.

The smart option!

The M18 “One for all” series gets smart and connected.

The S5N series is the first important step in the complete renewal of the photoelectric sensor range from Datalogic with the introduction of its new innovative ASIC and state of the art IO-Link smart sensor features.

The range renewal is starting with the bestselling M18 tubular sensor line, made of S5, S15, S50 and S51 series, now to be all integrated in new S5N line.

This first step is the conversion from S50 to S5N, where all the current models will maintain a full backward compatibility to avoid any problem with replacement in the huge installed base.

The S5N sensors, with standard M18 flat tubular housing, keeps on offering the widest range in its segment, with a complete choice of optical functions, axial or radial optics, cable or M12 connector, NPN or PNP with NO/NC outputs.

But that’s not all, the new S5N with its new and unique ASIC technology will make this M18 family the first tubular sensor family with IO-Link V1.1 and smart sensor profile on the market.

UKAS Calibration Services – ISO/IEC 17025

Young Calibration is one of the UK’s leading accredited calibration laboratories and continues to increase its’ UKAS scope of schedule with the latest offering coming from increased customer demands for ongoing contract work. Having successfully transitioned to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 earlier in the year and passed its’ yearly UKAS re-assessment, they now offer customers worldwide oxygen clean or “oil free” pressure calibrations, which are UKAS accredited to 400 bar.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) which provides mutual recognition to overseas accreditation bodies, governments and industries, such as NIST, DakkS, COFRAC, DANAK, BELAC, SAS, SAC, ENAC, Accredia and IPAC. All the company accredited calibrations have worldwide recognition and carry the ILAC-MRA logo.

Oxygen Clean Pressure Calibration services for LOX and GOX systems utilised in the medical, marine, aviation, submarine, offshore and space environments. The ISO Class 6 cleanroom provides a dedicated facility for oxygen clean systems only, with a full sweep of cleaning, inspection, analysis and packing solutions for all customers. Understanding the bespoke requirements for specific application areas the facility offers all the requirements of gauge inspection, cleaning, calibration, analysis, packing and labelling. Having to please its’ range of customer demands, the company offers a range of oxygen clean solvents for cleaning, flushing and extraction, with gravimetric, white light, black light, microscopic particle analysis and FTIR spectroscopy.  Working to several industry specific standards and the highly regarded ASTM G93 the company can tailor its process to suit individual needs with cleanliness levels to Level A where specified. Full system documentation, traceability, certification and timestamped results analysis are available for the complete package. Coupled with the recent addition of UKAS accredited calibrations for oxygen clean, “oil free” gauges and sensors the facility now offers a complete one stop shop for pressure gauges and transducers from MEL, WIKA, King Nutronics, BOC, Budenberg, Stanhope Seta, Ashford, Sensorone and McMaster-Carr.

UKAS Airflow Calibration for all mass flowmeter and volume flow meters, including the popular rotameter (VA), MFC, MFM, laminar, vortex, turbine, thermal, piston and differential sensors. The ISO 17025 UKAS accredited laboratory ranges from 1 cc/min to 4500 m3/hr, enabling the calibration of the smallest leak testers to 12” diameter vortex meters and averaging pitot duct flowmeters. Dedicated flow lines are available for traceable calibrations on inert gases and atmospheric air for balometers and fume hood flow sensors, with further flow rigs setup for the bespoke flow calibration of air samplers and air sampling pumps and flowmeters utilised in the environmental sectors.

UKAS Water Meter Calibration for paddle, wedge, differential, ultrasonic, magnetic, turbine, coriolis and variable area flowmeters covering 40 cc/min to 1000 l/min and for infusion testers, analysers and nano-flowmeters covering a flow range for accredited calibrations of 1 ml/hr to 2400 ml/hr with a CMC uncertainty of 0.1% on pure water. Traceable calibrations to ISO 17025 on single jet, multijet, ultrasonic and mag meters are available up to DN150 line size and 4000 l/min. Signal outputs for voltage, current and frequency can be interfaced into the automated data acquisition with facility for HART meter configuration

UKAS Hydrocarbon Flow Calibration covering 0.5 to 440 l/min on mineral oil with a viscosity range of 5 – 20 cSt for the calibration of turbines, positive displacement, gear, helical and coriolis flowmeters. Further non-accredited flow calibrations can be completed on ISO 4113, IPA, JET-A1, AVGAS and dielectric fluids. A comprehensive range of aviation fuels and oils are available locally for quick turnaround calibrations.

UKAS Anemometer Calibration for ultrasonic, thermal, vane, rotating cup, pitot tube, isokinetic probes, CTA’s and yaw probes covering 0.05 to 80 m/s. The accredited open and closed jet wind tunnels allow for complete air velocity profiling using 2D laser doppler anemometry and the determination and characterisation of anemometer blockage correction. The low velocity range of 0.05 m/s allows for accurate calibration of omni-spherical probes, CTA’s and thermal anemometers. Air velocity calibrations of stack emissions isokinetic sampling probes, L pitot tubes, S Pitot tubes and the generation of pitot tube coefficients, gamma and/or K factors up to an air velocity of 80 m/s.  The internal laboratory procedures cover the requirements for emissions sampling to ISO 10780 and ISO 3966 and the requirements of the Source Testing Association (STA).

UKAS Onsite Calibration covering mainland, offshore and remote outposts throughout the world, calibrations are available for absolute pressure, gauge pressure, frequency, resistance, voltage, current and temperature simulation. All Calibration Engineers are experienced in a range of instruments installed within production lines, manufacturing plants, medical service centres and test houses. Engineers carry “Contractor Approval” certification and are available to travel on short notice, working out of hours to minimise any process disruptions. An extended range of non-accredited calibration services are available covering gas flow calibration, fluid flow calibration, humidity, mass, torque and temperature.

Contact Details

Young Calibration Ltd

5 Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5FF

United Kingdom

Tel:         +44 (0)1273 455572



Danisense invests in current transducer calibration laboratory to offer additional services

Certificate of Calibration assures customers of accuracy of instrument

 Key points:

  • Certificate of Calibration now available for all Danisense current transducers
  • Free DC calibration for 5000A and 10,000A current transducers, with either voltage or current output 
  • Danisense current transducers offer high accuracy, high stability & affordability

Danisense, the leader in high-accuracy current transducers for demanding applications, has set up a DC calibration test laboratory at its Danish headquarters and manufacturing site in Taastrup, further strengthening the company’s reputation for flexibility, quality and accuracy of its products.

For all transducers and in addition to the actual free certificate of conformity, Danisense can offers a 15-point calibration from negative to positive nominal current. A calculation of the linearity error and the absolute error of actual current with and without offset error. By delivering Calibration Certificate, this enables customers to have full confidence in the measurements they make.

The calibration is a free service for high current 5,000A and 10,000A products, units are 100% tested and shipped with a Certificate of Calibration which details the actual current error.

Commented Christian Markvardsen, Project manager/R&D engineer at Danisense: “The investment means that we can assure our customers of the accuracy of our current transducers without relying on shipping parts to a third party. Most customers are happy with the DC calibration that we provide, but we may look to add an AC calibration capability in the future.”

DANISENSE: Precision – Innovation
By combining complex magnetic performance with advanced electronics Danisense provides efficient and precise solutions that match the requirements of worldwide customers in demanding industries. Danisense was founded in 2012 and today is based in Denmark and Japan. The company’s founders and key employees are highly-experienced and possess specialized knowledge about high precision current transducers, enabling Danisense to create solutions that enable its customers to quickly and easy measure AC and DC currents with accuracies down to 1ppm. Its products are of the highest quality and have an extremely flat frequency response and outstanding DC stability.

Introduction to Andon Sockets – what are the advantages and benefits

Andon Electronics make precision sockets used in the testing and board-level assembly of image sensors, optoelectronic and gas sensors, DC-DC converters, batteries, crystal oscillators, fuses, relays, and more.

These innovative and effective components are available exclusively in the UK from Luso Electronics.

Leading OEMs and contract manufacturers solder Andon sockets – not the devices –onto the PCB.

What are the advantages of using Andon Sockets?

  • Reduction in device damage from exposure to high temp solder, ESD, and cleaning solutions
  • Reduction in solder joint cracking and associated intermittency
  • Removal of the labour costs and PC board damage associated with de-soldering a faulty device
  • Stop holding up PCB assembly until the devices arrive, build your pcbs then add the expensive components later as required, improving cashflow.
  • Reduce damage caused by excessive heat and noise.

John O. Tate, Andon President, pioneered many of the innovative, high-reliability interconnects for military, aerospace and commercial applications that have become industry standards.  In 1965, he developed the stamped and formed multi-finger precision socket contact, which remains the preferred method throughout the world for connecting today’s critical components.

Standard and custom sockets are available for a variety of package outlines including PGAs , BGAs , CLCCs ,  PLCCs , TOs , DIPs , SIPs , LEDs , and more.

Sensor sockets

Andon Electronics provide interconnection components that help companies to cost effectively protect, assemble, test and replace their semiconductor devices.

These sockets eliminate risks associated with Electrolytes, High Temperatures and Solvents that could damage your sensors.

Solder Andon sockets on the PCB and plug-in the Sensor after all other assembly and testing. Sockets are available for all brands of sensors, with footprints that are the same as the sensor.

Benefits of using Andon sockets for your sensor application

  • Complete rework and testing without the sensor, reduces risk of damage and loss.
  • Enables easy field replacements and upgrades of sensors.
  • Improves cash flow by volume PCB assembly cost savings; soldering Andon Sockets on to your PCB’s and then buy Sensors as needed.

Opto sockets

Customers will appreciate knowing that production line PCB assembly problems with Optoelectronic devices such as lead soldering and thermal damage are eliminated when an Andon socket is used. No need to worry about “lead free” high temperature soldering.

Reduced handling means reduced ESD problems, no cleaning solution on the device window, no humidity or extreme temperature damage.

Allows you to keep Optoelectronic & Gas Sensor devices properly stored until ready to plug-in to the Andon socket.

Some advantages to using Andon Sockets

  • Eliminate ESD from handling
  • Eliminate damage from high temperature soldering and PCB cleaning solvents
  • Avoid cracking of glass seals
  • Reduction in shock damage to wire bonds

Specialist Image Sensor Sockets

Andon has developed the largest line of Image Sensor Sockets in the industry. We have sockets for Atmel, Dalsa, E2V, Fairchild, Hamamatsu, Kodak, Marconi, Micron, Motorola, National, NEC, Peripheral Imaging, Phillips, Site, Sony, TI, and Toshiba.

Image Sensor sockets provide higher reliability because the sockets can be soldered to the motherboard in large quantities. Later, as required, the sensors can be plugged-in or unplugged and upgraded easily.

Advantages of using sockets with Image Sensors

  • Reduce static discharge (ESD) because of less handling.
  • Eliminate soldering temperature which can affect the colour array.
  • Eliminate need to de-solder CCD.
  • Eliminate cleaning solution, scratches to glass plate, and risk blistering the PCB.
  • Eliminate assembly line temperatures, humidity, and shock.

LCC Image Sensor sockets

These sockets with their unique design avoid cracking of solder joints and ceramic substrate:

LCC Image Sensors are packaged with up to 100 castellations (contacts). The ceramic substrate packaging presents new challenges for RoHS high temperature soldering. Utilisation of Andon’s unique LCC sockets eliminating the cracking of LCC Substrate and Solder Joints. Historically, Image Sensors are soldered directly on the printed circuit board (PCB). LCC Image Sensors require longer soldering times for RoHS high temperature solders. The ceramic substrate “expands” while the solder joint is “fixed” and cracks.

So, utilisation of Andon sockets can simplify the production process, reduce cash flow, decrease costs, improve yields and eliminate causes of device damage with improved handling.

Please contact Luso to discuss your application and assistance with selection of the right socket for your design.

Luso are exhibiting at Sensors & Instrumentation Live this September at the NEC, 29/30 September.  Instrumentation Live