Sensors and Transducers

Vaisala and FMI technology heads to Mars onboard NASA’s Perseverance rover

An international collaboration takes Vaisala and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) to Mars onboard NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. The rover is scheduled for launch on July 30, 2020. Vaisala’s sensor technology combined with FMI’s measurement instrumentation will be used to obtain accurate and reliable pressure and humidity data from …

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SensoPart awarded in Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards Program

SensoPart‘s VISOR Robotic vision sensor has been recognised among the best in machine vision by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies. “With the new features of the VISOR Robotic like the 2D …

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Sensirion plans to establish a new production facility in Debrecen, Hungary

Due to positive business trends and the increasing demand for its existing and new sensors, Sensirion is expanding its production capabilities by establishing a production site in Debrecen, Hungary. The site is being built and financed by a local “build-to-suit” partner. Sensirion has signed a long-term lease agreement. This new …

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Miniature photoelectric distance measurement modules help robots avoid gripper collisions

Collision avoidance is an absolute priority for automation engineers implementing robotic handling systems. At worst, a collision can result in injury to a human co-worker; at best, damage to static infrastructure or other equipment. Either way, the implications are serious for any organisation, an accident is costly and potentially tragic. …

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Untethered by wireless power

In the 1890s, Nikola Tesla wanted to create a way of supplying power without stringing wires. He almost accomplished his goal when an experiment led him to the creation of the Tesla coil. It was the first system that could wirelessly transmit electricity, but his creation was short lived. Following …

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Contrinex’s RFID tracks mobile conveyor position

During surface-mining operations, large mobile reclamation machines are used to recover bulk materials. On each machine, a bucket-wheel excavator collects material and deposits it onto a conveyor. As an area is cleared of material, the machine moves along parallel steel travel rails to the next area, allowing continuous operation without …

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New autonomous vehicles to navigate their way around Middle East’s largest seaport using Xsens georeferencing tech

A ground-breaking deployment of autonomous vehicle technology by DP World, the operator of the Jebel Ali container port in Dubai, is to demonstrate the performance and reliability of technology provided by Xsens, the manufacturer of motion-tracking sensors, supporting DGWorld, a manufacturer of artificial intelligence (AI)-based autonomous and robotic vehicle systems. …

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MTC demonstrates first electronics smart factory

A team of Industry 4.0 specialists at the Manufacturing Technology Centre is developing Europe’s first smart factory demonstrator for the manufacture of electronics assemblies, helping manufacturers go digital, transforming their businesses and meeting the demands of an increasingly challenging market. The MTC’s digital engineering experts are working with key vendors …

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Photoelectric sensors keep robots sweet

During high-speed production of retail bags, a confectionery manufacturer conveys individual bags of sweets to a pick-and-place packing robot for secondary packaging. A highly reliable diffuse-mode photoelectric sensor, mounted beside the conveyor, detects the presence of bags as they approach the packing station and inhibits the pick-and-place sequence if no …

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Graphene sensor from Paragraf enables magnetic breakthrough at CERN

Paragraf has embarked on a working partnership with the Magnetic Measurement section at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to demonstrate how new opportunities for magnetic measurements are opened up through the unique properties of its graphene sensor, particularly its negligible planar Hall effect. CERN operates the largest particle accelerators …

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