Sensors and Transducers

Sensor manufacturing technology for a competitive advantage

Richard Barber, engineering manager, Amada Miyachi UK, explains how micro welding equipment can increase quality and yield with process control. Whether manufacturing sensors for use in high-value, low-volume handmade devices or for highly cost-sensitive mass-produced items, manufacturers are experiencing more pressure to deliver higher quality than in the past. Performance …

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Sensors ensure fast and safe automotive brake cable production

During production of automotive parking-brake cable in a Portuguese factory, strands of steel wire are twisted together, forming a single cable with a nominal diameter of 3mm (0.1in). The process operates continuously, and twisted cable passes between successive work-stations in an unbroken length. Between operations, the cable is largely unsupported, …

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ams launches ultra-sensitive NIR image sensor

ams has introduced the CMOS Global Shutter Sensor (CGSS) Near Infrared (NIR) image sensor CGSS130, complementing ams’ recently announced 3D system. The CGSS130 enables 3D optical sensing applications such as face recognition, payment authentication and more to operate at much lower power than alternative implementations. This means that battery-powered devices …

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Marriage made simple: laser profile sensors enable precise alignment and positioning of vehicle instrument panels

Fully or semi-automatic assembly of instrument panels in the automotive production process require the gripper tool to precisely position the panel in accordance with the vehicle chassis. With each chassis potentially having a different variant or position, knowing where the tool is in relation to the chassis allows for smooth …

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Researchers create nanoscale sensors to better see how high pressure affects materials

Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures. As the researchers reported in the journal Science, that matters because, “Pressure alters the physical, chemical and electronic properties of matter.” Understanding those changes could lead to new materials …

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HWM delivers bespoke pressure and leak noise monitoring solution to world’s largest manufacturer of Methylene Diiphenyl Diisocyanate

When Wanhua Chemical required both pressure and leak noise monitoring for their water network, they turned to HWM for a bespoke solution. Approaching HWM with a unique set of requirements, Wanhua Chemical needed accurate monitoring of both the pressure within their water network and leak noise to identify leaking pipes. To …

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Israeli startup TriEye collaborates with Porsche to help drivers “see” better in low visibility conditions

Israeli startup TriEye, whose Short-Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) sensing technology enhances visibility in adverse weather and night-time conditions, has announced a collaboration with the German sports car manufacturer Porsche, to further improve visibility and performance of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV). As ADAS systems are expected to operate under …

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Safety to the power of three: Bosch completes sensor portfolio for automated driving

Good things come in threes – and automated driving is no exception. Before safe automated driving can become a reality, a third sensor principle is needed in addition to camera and radar. Consequently, Bosch is making long-range lidar sensors production-ready – the first lidar (light detection and ranging) system that …

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Innovative ams chip for X-ray detection heralds new era of lower-cost CT medical imaging

ams is helping to make computed tomography (CT) scanners substantially more affordable. Through ams expertise in sensor design and packaging, the AS5950 integrated sensor chip for X-ray detection will enable an improved CT detector for more detailed images at lower system costs. The AS5950 is a CMOS device that combines …

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