Sensors and Transducers

Sensors keep Britain’s seaports running

Contrinex’s rugged Inductive sensors keep Britain’s seaport  running smoothly around the clock by providing exceptional reliability switching on container-handling cranes. Britain’s busy seaports rely upon Container-handling cranes and hence Contrinex’s rugged inductive sensors to operate around the clock. The sensors which are fitted on each hoist carriage, verify its position with …

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Wastewater test could provide early warning of COVID-19

Researchers at Cranfield University are working on a new test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater of communities infected with the virus. The wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) approach could provide an effective and rapid way to predict the potential spread of novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) by picking up on biomarkers in …

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Scientists tap unused energy source to power smart sensor networks

The electricity that lights our homes and powers our appliances also creates small magnetic fields that are present all around us. Scientists have developed a new mechanism capable of harvesting this wasted magnetic field energy and converting it into enough electricity to power next-generation sensor networks for smart buildings and …

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A surefire adrenalin kick – Baumer POG 10 HeavyDuty encoders set the heart racing

In Europe’s biggest roller coaster, the Helix at the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg, POG 10 HeavyDuty incremental encoders from Baumer monitor the speed of the carrriage’s drive as it approaches the start ramp. The HeavyDuty technology guarantees high reliability and precision under extreme environmental conditions – serving up both …

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How do you power billions of sensors?

Interconnected healthcare and many other future applications will require internet connectivity between billions of sensors. The devices that will enable these applications must be small, flexible, reliable, and environmentally sustainable. Researchers must develop new tools beyond batteries to power these devices, because continually replacing batteries is difficult and expensive. In …

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Laser triangulation sensors measure lateral position of rail bogie wheels relative to the track in groundbreaking ActiWheel project

Laser triangulation sensors from Micro-Epsilon are being used to measure the lateral position of rail bogie wheels relative to the rail head in a groundbreaking rail traction technology project by Derby-based company, SET Limited. ActiWheel is an innovative traction system that uses artificial intelligence to guide trains along the tracks, …

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Wearable strain sensor using light transmittance helps measure physical signals better

KAIST researchers have developed a novel wearable strain sensor based on the modulation of optical transmittance of a carbon nanotube (CNT)-embedded elastomer. The sensor is capable of sensitive, stable, and continuous measurement of physical signals. This technology, featured in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, shows great potential for the detection …

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MCP Consulting selects Senseye to transform maintenance practices for manufacturing clients

Senseye, the industrial software company, today announced a new alliance with MCP Consulting Group, an asset management consultancy that advises many of the world’s largest manufacturing organisations. MCP has selected Senseye PdM, Senseye’s specialised predictive maintenance software, as a core component of its new Smart Asset Maintenance venture, which combines best-of-breed technologies …

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IO-Link RFID provides simple conveyor control

A manufacturer of automated conveyor systems uses RFID technology to monitor the location of items and to route them to their chosen destinations. As a basket, fitted with an RFID transponder tag, travels through the warehouse, IO-Link-enabled high-frequency read-write modules (RWMs) monitor its position and read pre-set data stored in …

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