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Pakistan ‘high-flyer’ makes his mark in sensor technology

High-flying engineering student Ali Iqbal spent more than four years working for Pakistan’s largest aeronautical firm before relocating to the UK’s University of Huddersfield for postgraduate study. He made a major success of the move, with exceptionally high marks in his Engineering and Control Systems MSc.  This has earned him a …

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River conservation is ‘blind’ without high-resolution monitoring

Scientists from the University of Portsmouth have been investigating nutrient concentrations in the Upper River Itchen, in Hampshire, UK, on behalf of Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) to better understand where phosphorus is coming from and how it is impacting river ecology. The work has been ongoing for over three …

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The importance of choosing the right filter to suit your measurement application

When selecting sensors for displacement, position, distance and profile measurement tasks, engineers should consider the various types of sensor filtering before making a purchasing decision, says Chris Jones of Micro-Epsilon. The quality and reliability of an output signal from a sensor is often affected by external or environmental factors (e.g. …

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Trio for bio

HORIBA UK has joined Scotland’s Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), adding its expertise in the measurement and control of high value product (HVP) processing. The company joins IBioIC as an Associate Member and will be making available technological expertise from its portfolio of core measurement and control technologies. For instance, in measurement, HORIBA …

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AMA Innovation Award 2019: Submit projects now

The Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) invites researchers and developers to compete for the renowned AMA Innovation Award for 2019. The AMA is looking for research and development results in sensor and measuring technology. The submission deadline is 31 January 2019. Individuals or developer teams may submit innovative research …

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Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances

The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need to navigate the world, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. The finding, published today in the journal Current Biology, enhances our understanding of active sensing behaviours …

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Versatile monitoring for rotor bearings

How can typical rolling bearing damage in wind turbines, particularly in wind turbine rotor bearing supports, be identified early and even prevented altogether? Schaeffler has a solution to this complex challenge: a combination of sensors that are capable of monitoring the critical influencing variables for this type of damage. Real …

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B&R shapes the future of OPC UA over TSN

OPC UA over TSN will be the unified communication standard of the Industrial IoT. Standardisation and ongoing development of OPC UA at the field level will take place under the umbrella of the OPC Foundation. This represents a long awaited answer to the market’s demand for vendor-agnostic, interface-free industrial communication. …

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Drones, sensors and blockchain for water quality control in the Volga river to promote trustworthy data and transparency

In Russia, approximately 70 per cent of drinking water comes from surface, while the rest comes from groundwater. Twenty-five per cent of the world’s fresh water is located in Russian territories. Unfortunately, water pollution is a major issue in this country, with more than 10 million Russians currently lacking access …

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IIoT technologies integration creates growth opportunities in the industrial cybersecurity industry

High penetration of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology in critical infrastructure and the manufacturing sector has resulted in a growing number of potential cyber-attack surfaces.  According to a recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, cyber-attacks within the energy and utilities industries alone cost an average of $13.2 million per …

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