Sensors and Transducers

Sensors ensure labels are aligned on boxes of bagged sweets

During high-volume production of confectionery, sealed cartons of bagged candy travel by conveyor to a labelling station. Contrinex’s RGB light-based photoelectric contrast sensor checks the label’s alignment and confirms the presence of print registration markings. If a label is blank, illegible or wrongly positioned, the carton is diverted to a …

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Nanosensor can alert a smartphone when plants are stressed

MIT engineers have developed a way to closely track how plants respond to stresses such as injury, infection, and light damage, using sensors made of carbon nanotubes. These sensors can be embedded in plant leaves, where they report on hydrogen peroxide signaling waves. Plants use hydrogen peroxide to communicate within …

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FLIR launches Smart Thermal Sensor solution for industrial monitoring and elevated skin temperature screening

FLIR Systems has launched the FLIR A400/A700 Thermal Smart Sensor and Thermal Image Streaming fixed camera solutions for monitoring equipment, production lines, critical infrastructure, and screening for elevated skin temperatures. These highly configurable smart camera systems provide accurate, non-contact temperature monitoring across a wide range of disciplines: manufacturing process control, …

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TE Connectivity and TE Connectivity Foundation support global fight against COVID-19

TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity and sensors, and the TE Connectivity Foundation, a private charitable foundation funded entirely by TE, have donated more than $1 million to organisations supporting the fight against COVID-19. The TE Foundation approved a $1 million emergency grant to Global Impact, a philanthropic partner across the private, nonprofit and …

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Powelectrics introduce EGE IGEX20Pa-type proximity switches for temperatures down to -60°C

Powelectrics offer 30 years’ sensor experience and supply sensors from over 100 reputable manufacturers. For that whole period, Powelectrics have been UK distributor for EGE high quality flow controllers, infrared, opto and ultrasonic sensors, capacitive proximity switches, light barriers and inductive proximity switches. Always at the forefront to technology, EGE …

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Sensors keep Britain’s seaports running

Contrinex’s rugged Inductive sensors keep Britain’s seaports running smoothly around the clock by providing 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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