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Helium microscope for imaging delicate structures gains funding

A new type of microscope for non-destructive imaging of delicate structures is to be developed by the University of Liverpool QUASAR group, based in the Cockcroft Institute, with spin-out company D-Beam. The Quantum Gas Jet-based Helium Atom Microscope (qHAM) has gained funding from Innovate UK as part of the national strategy to commercialise quantum technologies; it builds on ground-breaking work by the team on beam diagnostics.

Professor Carsten Welsch, Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool

Professor Carsten Welsch, Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool and a senior academic at the Cockcroft Institute, explains that scanning helium microscopy (SHeM) offers many benefits over the use of x-rays or charged electrons, which can destroy fabrics, biological samples and organic films, and present difficulties when using magnetic fields.

He says: “Neutral helium beams provide a chemical, electrical and magnetically inert surface probe that delivers no charge to the sample. This creates the opportunity to image fragile structures without damaging them.”

SHeM takes helium gas, pumps it to high pressure and allows it to expand through a tiny hole into a vacuum. The helium atoms are back scattered from the sample, giving a higher resolution than optical microscopy, and the range of scattering pathways creates contrast within the image.

Professor Welsch continues: “Although scanning helium microscopy has been available for a number of years, neither a focussed beam of sufficient energy or detectors that are capable of capturing the scattering mechanisms behind the image contrast have yet been developed.

“A key challenge is maximising the intensity of the imaging beam to overcome noise, while minimising its width, which provides the resolution. This is achieved by creating a supersonic expansion of gas in a vacuum that accelerates the helium atoms to high velocities.”

“The QUASAR Group in collaboration with our partners at CERN and GSI has already developed a super-sonic gas jet beam monitoring technology for the High Luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider, and we will be building on this knowledge to develop the quantum microscope.”

Quantum Technologies is one of the areas of strategic importance identified by the Innovate UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. qHAM is based on two quantum phenomena: wave matter duality (quantum objects can act as waves or particles simultaneously) and wave-matter interference (the diffraction pattern can be used to identify the location of the particle).

In this project, fundamental research by the QUASAR Group will be commercialised by D-Beam, a company co-founded by Professor Welsch to fast-track the benefits of scientific breakthroughs to industry.

He explains that the synthetic biology and the organic and polymer electronics industries will be among those to benefit from the technology.

He says: “The aim is to create a compact, low-cost table-top microscope with superior imaging qualities that will enable critical proof-of-concept studies, unlocking the potential of this exciting new approach to imaging.”

Sensors and instrumentation industry growth expert Molly Bakewell Chamberlin joins New York State Mentoring Program

The Buffalo, New York, USA-based Embassy Global, LLC, a 100% woman-owned New York State small business and a worldwide strategic technical marketing, PR, business development and management consulting firm for the business-to-business high-tech manufacturing, engineering, science and related communities, today announced that its company founder and president, Molly Bakewell Chamberlin, has agreed to serve as an active, ongoing Program Ambassador for the New York State Mentoring Program (NYSMP).

Molly Bakewell Chamberlin

Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin is known within the instrumentation community for her more than 20 years of dedicated service, including as a strategic growth expert for multiple leading industry manufacturers. She has also been a regular, active, and ongoing content contributor to Instrumentation for more than a decade.

The NYSMP is the first statewide and school-based one-to-one mentoring program in the United States which fully facilitates all mentee and mentor recruitment, screening (including reference checks and NYS criminal history fingerprinting), training, mentor and mentee orientations, matching, monitoring and support of participating mentors, partners, schools, and organisations.

During the 2020-2021 academic year alone, the NYSMP successfully matched 1,901 mentors with 1,901 mentees within 127 individually established mentoring programs across New York State. Since 1986, more than 200 individual school districts across New York State have successfully adopted the NYSMP as a seamless and supportive extension of their ongoing district-wide Student Support Services Teams (SST). Participating mentors under the NYSMP provide strong, enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with youth mentees, while serving as positive role models whose influence can help to change student lives for the better.

In her new pro bono capacity for the NYSMP, Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin is assisting the program’s Upstate Director, Ms. Melinda Rath Sanderson, in the active recruitment, establishment, and support of additional Western New York school mentoring program participants, both within the City of Buffalo and in areas immediately south, and at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition, she will be recruiting new NYSMP mentors and partners from within the local business community, while helping to further build positive grassroots visibility of the work of the NYSMP within Western New York and beyond. Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin will also serve as an ongoing, continued resource and NYSMP advocate among area schools, partners, and volunteer mentors.

Named in 2019 as one of the “Top 50 People in Sensors Technology” by Sensors Online, Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin founded the all-virtual Embassy Global in 2008 as a means of helping small-to-medium sized high-tech manufacturers to achieve accelerated sales growth within highly niche markets. The firm applies its own methods, strategies, and recognized industry subject matter expertise to help clients achieve accelerated, measurable growth. Since its founding, Embassy Global has helped more than 250 manufacturers worldwide. It is one of the first known 100% woman-led strategic technical marketing, PR and business development firms of its kind serving the Electronic Components, Sensors and Instrumentation, Industrial Automation, Motion Control, and related industries.

In addition to the work that the firm performs for its clients, Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin and Embassy Global have actively supported K-12 education programs, both domestically and internationally. Particular focus has remained the encouragement of students to consider pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics (STEAM), and foreign languages, along with continued emphasis on the importance of greater diversity and inclusion within those fields.

The unique work of Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin and Embassy Global has been recently featured in the business leadership book, “7-Figure Minds: How to Grow and Lead a 7-Figure Business” by Alinka Rutkowska. It was further recognized this month by the Electronics Industry Awards in the United Kingdom, with nominations for Most Outstanding PR Firm, Academic Supporter, and Industry Personality of the Year. In addition, Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin was recently chosen, from among a select group of U.S. small business leaders, to serve as a delegate to both the Leadership and Technology Councils of the National Small Business Association (NSBA), one of the nation’s oldest grassroots small business advocacy organizations.

Notes Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin, “Over the course of my academic and professional careers, I have been so thankful to have had some really great mentors. I look forward to bringing that same type of support and encouragement to more Western New York students in need of positive role models. It is such an honor to be of service to Melinda Rath Sanderson, the NYSMP Upstate Office, and the Western New York community, as an ambassador for this amazing program.”

Further notes Ms. Rath Sanderson, “The New York State Mentoring Program is honored and proud to have Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin agree to join our team of committed volunteers who are inspired and motivated by our mission and vision. We guide, encourage, and support both youth and adult mentors to help make a difference in the lives of children. The Program provides both adult and student programs that are school and community based, as well as Court and College and University programs. We look forward, with Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin’s help, to further growing the positive visibility and influence of the Program across New York State.”

For more information about the NYSMP, or about becoming a participating school or partner, please visit www.ny.gov/mentoring. For more information about Embassy Global and its worldwide all-virtual service offerings, please visit www.embassyglobalpr.com.

Sherborne Sensors announces the launch of a Cloud service for WTS Wireless Inclinometer Line

The WTS Wireless Tilt System is a flexible, all-weather radio telemetry system designed to provide high accuracy remote angle measurement data. The WTS gives surveyors, geotechnical specialists, and structural engineers the ability to record and log data remotely without the cost and inefficiency of traditional wired methods.

The heart of the system is the WTS Wireless Inclinometer; a high-accuracy robust instrument utilising advanced MEMS sensor technology to ensure maximum reliability. A variety of complementary base stations and either PC or hand-held data acquisition modules are offered to allow a complete measurement system to be configured to suit any application. A variety of fixed base stations and hand-held readers are available to enable the user to tailor the system to their optimal requirements.

Highway agencies, bridge and civil structure owners spend large revenues assessing structural health by visual or other types of consuming inspection methods of bolted and welded joints, together with other vital structural elements. Obtaining multiple readings to monitoring the entire structure can be costly and labour intensive. Using the WTS Wireless Tilt System, a single structure is fitted with low power WTS Inclinometers at strategic points, thus helping to determine where weak points may be and when maintenance is required.

Additionally, the WTS Wireless Tilt System may be used in the verification of design calculations when new structures are manufactured providing valuable data to refine computer models of structural behaviour.

The new Sherborne SensorSpace solution brings the data into the cloud. Whether your data is needed every day or every few seconds, Sherborne’s SensorSpace is optimized to receive, compute, and return millions of data points across the globe. And, with up to 3 years rolling data retention as standard, Sherborne’s SensorSpace gives a place to store and mine data for added insights and analytic overlays like anomaly detection and predictive maintenance.

To find out more, contact the Sherborne team on +44 (0) 1256 630 300 or visit https://www.sherbornesensors.com/.

New automotive test bench from MB Dynamics supports brake hydraulic pressure and electric parking brake systems R&D

MB Dynamics, Inc., field-proven industry experts in the design, manufacture and supply of vibration test systems and equipment, including automotive buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR) test systems, steering and suspension component test systems; modal exciters and amplifiers; single- and multi-DUT automated accelerometer calibration systems; dynamic controllers; transducer calibration systems; and test engineering consulting services, today announced the global market introduction of the Model BHP/EPB, a test bench for automotive brake hydraulic pressure (BHP) & electric parking brake (EPB) systems R&D.

The Model BHP/EPB test bench accurately measures and controls the hydraulic pressure and EPB power levels applied to brake calipers and drums during automotive squeak and rattle, or BSR testing, under a variety of pressure conditions. It does so, in accordance with GMW16316, “Objective Brake Component Squeak & Rattle Test” procedures.  The test bench also supports automotive brake caliper development and qualification testing, during which articles are subjected to various automated brake fluid pressures & EPB controls. It further allows for mileage accumulation, performance cycling, and other forms of brake durability testing, with full manual control of brake caliper parameters, as required for troubleshooting, warranty, and other R&D requirements.

The MB Dynamics Model BHP/EPB automotive test bench software commands the system to either perform data acquisition and control of applied brake pressures; or, to apply and/or release the EPB. Varied hydraulic brake and EPB caliper pressure levels may be applied according to timing diagrams, with automated cycling of different pressures, ramp rates, ON/DWELL times, OFF times, and total test times. Displayed test bench data may be saved at any time and exported to either an Excel or a Windows-based PC clipboard.

These and other unique features allow the Model BHP/EPB to support automotive industry assessments of brake caliper and rotor assembly noise, useful service life, and other critical brake performance metrics. For more information, contact MB Dynamics at +1-216-292-5850, sales@mbdynamics.com, or visit www.mbdynamics.com.

About MB Dynamics, Inc:

Founded in 1939, the Cleveland, Ohio-based MB Dynamics has long distinguished itself as a total solutions provider for vibration test requirements. The company applies its vast wealth of experience in vibration testing and instrumentation to offer a truly one-of-a-kind innovative approach to customer problem-solving in automotive, aerospace, industrial, laboratory R&D, civil engineering, modal and structural testing, general test and measurement, academia, and other sectors. All solutions offered by MB Dynamics are further accompanied by the necessary hardware and software to ensure seamless integration, along with the value-added benefits of full engineering support, offered by one of the industry’s most experienced engineering teams. This local expertise is made available to MB Dynamics customers in more than a dozen countries.

Author:
Molly Bakewell Chamberlin
President / Industry Subject Matter Expert
Embassy Global, LLC
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TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory launches real-time subsea meter calibration tool

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) today launches NEL-SURE, a real-time software tool for the verification of subsea multiphase flow meters (MPFM), that will help operators to optimise reservoir management and revenues.

As the oil & gas industry exploits deeper fields, routine calibration is unviable due to the excessive cost of removing subsea MPFMs for laboratory-based validation. While MPFMs are calibrated before installation, laboratory-based flow regimes differ greatly to actual subsea conditions. Consequently, over time significant measurement errors result in fiscal loss, for both operators and taxation authorities. 

NEL-SURE provides in-situ, continuous calibration of MPFMs and uses a traffic light system to alert operators to a meter’s health. The software can also accommodate a virtual meter to provide a secondary measurement for verification of the MPFM’s output. This will help to improve process and control decision making, increase productivity and safety, and reduce environmental impacts through the early identification of potential system failures.

Marc Laing, Head of Software & Modelling at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, said: “While industry relies on MPFMs as inaccessible reservoirs are exploited, the lack of validation possibilities has impacted the accurate allocation and taxation of hydrocarbon assets. The challenge is to take the calibration process from the laboratory and move it to the ‘in situ’ location. This will ensure that flow meter verification accounts for the different effects of pressure, temperature and fluids at each individual well, allowing operators to have ongoing confidence in the measurements.

“NEL-SURE meets this challenge by reducing financial exposure and delivering operators increased confidence in the deployment and use of MPFMs. These intelligent meter health checks will save industry millions of pounds per year from unnecessary calibrations, maintenance and shutdowns,” concluded Laing.

NEL-SURE was developed at NEL’s Advanced Multiphase Facility, which has a test range (operating pressures, temperatures, flowrates and metrology) beyond the capability of any other laboratory in the world. As the UK’s National Measurement Institute for flow and density measurement, NEL has captured flow meter data over the last 30 years which has been used to develop NEL-SURE to be a completely impartial MPFM validation solution that is agnostic of any meter manufacturer.

Tips for choosing a 3D vision system

With four times as many as colour receptors as humans, the Mantis shrimp has the most impressive eyes in nature.  Manufacturers have long relied on human vision for complex picking and assembly processes, but 3D vision systems are beginning to replicate the capability of human vision in robotics. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director of Shibaura Machine, formerly Toshiba Machine, partner, TM Robotics, gives three rules to live by when choosing a 3D vision system for manufacturing.

Rule one: Abandon CAD

Advanced 3D vision systems are a stark contrast to the vision software of manufacturing’s past. Many existing systems still require professional CAD programming to ensure the robot can recognise shapes. However, even after programming, this software can have difficulties recognising multiple items at once.

A common application for vision systems is removing and sorting items from a bin. While CAD-based systems can identify items in a bin, the challenge is recognising the position of each item when presented in a random order — let alone determining the best method for the robot pick them in.

Advanced vision systems eliminate this problem by using passive imaging to enable the robot to automatically identify items, regardless of their shape or order.

Shibaura Machine’s vision system, TSVision3D, for example, uses two high-speed cameras to continuously capture 3D images. Using intelligent software, the system can process these images and identify the exact position of an item. This determines the most logical order to pick them up and does so with sub millimetre accuracy, with the same ease as a human worker.

Rule two: Mimic human perception

Deploying a robot for bin-picking isn’t advantageous if the robot cannot identify the edges of the bin. Considering the speed and strength of most 6-axis robots, hitting the box sides could easily halt production or damage the product.

Some manufacturers believe that motion stereo systems can effectively imitate a human’s perception of an item. Motion stereo systems use one camera, usually mounted on a robotic arm, to enable the system to move and take two or more photographs of an object. However, these systems require absolute precision as even the slightest movement can cause disparities in data and skew the measurement.

For manufacturers hoping to automate their box-picking processes, they should identify whether the system has a collision avoidance function. Advanced systems, including TSVision3D, enable the system to be programmed according to the size of the bin, ensuring the robot can dive into the box without a hitch.

Rule three: Simplify installation  

Automation for jobs like bin-picking are designed to free manual operators from repetitive and menial tasks and speed up operations. However, some traditional vision systems involved multiple hurdles to implement, including longwinded installation methods and high levels of technical know-how.

Using 3D vision systems for bin-picking, cycle times can be as fast as 0.7 seconds. But, these productivity gains are useless if implementation of the software has high costs for time and staff resources.

When choosing a system, manufacturers must strike a balance between potential productivity gains and the resources required for installation. Today, manufacturers should opt for software that anyone, even with minimal training, can understand.

Eyes are a testament to evolution’s creativity. While they all have the same basic duty, the more advanced the vision system, the more information it can acquire. When choosing a vision system for manufacturing applications, manufacturers should consider how the system will improve their process, how it will manage complex requirements and how easy it is to understand and implement it.

TE Connectivity encourages diversity in tech with $3.5M African Heritage Scholarship Program

In an effort to further diversify its workforce and bring new opportunities in the technology industry to top-performing minority students, TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has committed $3.5 million toward a new scholarship and internship program for students who identify as Black or African-American.

TE Connectivity has committed $3.5 million to help promote diversity in STEM.

Rising sophomores are eligible to apply for the program, which would begin with a paid internship the summer after their sophomore year at one of several TE sites throughout the United States. Students who successfully complete the internship would receive a scholarship of up to $22,500, based on need and educational costs, and be invited back for a second internship the following summer. The scholarship would then be eligible for renewal for their senior year. TE expects a new cohort of students will join the African Heritage Scholarship Program each year for the next five years.

“We are excited to invest in the TE Connectivity African Heritage Scholarship to help attract diverse talent to our company’s pipeline of potential future employees and the STEM industry as a whole,” said CEO Terrence Curtin. “We believe that a more inclusive and diverse workforce fosters innovation and I look forward to the new ideas this group of interns will bring to TE for years to come.”

For the first summer of the program in 2022, internships are available in engineering, product management, supply chain, operations and sales at TE sites in six different states. TE’s internship program is designed to fill the company’s leadership development programs and early career roles. In addition to real world job experience with a global impact, TE’s interns experience a wide range of professional development workshops covering financial literacy, corporate communications and personal branding. Other programming includes global networking events, community involvement opportunities and executive exposure.

Students entering their sophomore year in the 2021-2022 academic year may learn more about the TE Connectivity African Heritage Scholarship at te.com/scholarships.

Case Study: iSMART Research Group and Woollam IR-Vase II

Quantum Design UK and Ireland (QDUKI), in collaboration with the Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) and Nottingham Trent University are proud to present this case study from the iSMART (innovation in Surfaces, Materials and Related Technologies) research group, led by Dr. Nikolaos Kalfagiannis and co-workers from Université de Poitiers, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Nottingham.

The iSMART group have focused their research around the optical and electronic properties of materials and thin films for nano-photonic and electronic applications, specifically metal-oxides. QDUKI supplied the J A Woollam Infrared Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer (IR VASE-II) capable of providing the optical constants of materials in the extended spectral range from 1.6 – 40 microns. Indeed, QDUKI and MTIF have entered into a partnership to provide access to potential users to view, and measure trial samples on, the J. A. Woollam IR VASE II Spectroscopic Ellipsometer on an ad hoc contract basis.

Case Study

In the iSMART (innovation in Surfaces, MAterials and Related Technologies) research group (embedded within the Medical Technologies Innovation Facility – MTIF, based in Nottingham, UK) we focus our research interest around the optical and electronic properties of materials and thin films for nano-photonic and electronic applications. One such example of a family of materials related to both applications, mentioned above, are the metal-oxides. Metal oxides have emerged as promising material candidates in various electronic and optoelectronic applications offering unique advantages such as high mobility, wide bandgap (transparent in the visible range), and the ability to be controllably doped. Importantly, in iSMART we have developed routes to different scalable deposition techniques for such materials (from wet chemistry methods to vacuum deposition techniques).

The J A Woollam Infrared Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer Mark II at MTIF

Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) is a highly sophisticated and non-destructive metrology tool for determining the optical constants of materials. iSMART is equipped with a J. A. Woollam Infrared Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer (IR VASE II), capable of providing the optical constants of materials in the extended spectral range from 1.6 – 40 microns.

Only two ellipsometers of this type currently exist in the whole of the UK, with one such system being located at MTIF which is available for contract development work and academic partnership for all UK industry and any Research institutes. The IR VASE II was supplied by Quantum Design UK and Ireland Ltd. who are the official representatives of J. A. Woollam inc. Quantum Design UK and Ireland Ltd. and MTIF have entered into a partnership to provide access to potential users to view, and measure trial samples on, the J. A. Woollam IR VASE II Spectroscopic Ellipsometer on an ad hoc contract basis.

High Vacuum Deposition Chamber in MTIF

Our partnership with The University of Nottingham (contact person: Dr. Christopher Mellor) allows for this spectral range to be extended further, using a J.A. Woollam M-2000DI spectroscopic ellipsometer, to include the near infrared, visible and ultraviolet wavelengths (1.69 – 0.193 microns). This combined capability, offers one of the widest spectral ranges available world-wide (0.19 – 40 microns). By extracting the exact optical constants, we also enable the determination of material properties such as charge transport (mobility, doping concentration, resistivity), lattice vibration (phonon absorption) and band structure (via interband transitions and band gaps).

These fundamental properties of semiconducting materials are key parameters for opto-electronic applications. In a recent work, Dr. Nikolaos Kalfagiannis and co-workers from Université de Poitiers, Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Nottingham, employ SE in the extended spectral range (0.2 – 40 microns) and develop the methodology for the accurate determination of the free carrier transport properties of transparent conductive oxides and discriminate between the different scattering mechanisms(grain boundary scattering, inter-grain scattering and ionised impurity scattering) in an effort to clarify the conduction mechanisms of such materials and define their range of application.

As part of the partnership, QDUKI and MTIF are co-hosting a Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Workshop in September, where Dr. Kalfagiannis will give several talks. This free of charge workshop is aimed at both experienced ellipsometry users as well as people new to ellipsometry.

Are you seeking to better understand the optical and electronic properties of materials or thin films for nanophotonic or electronic applications? Find out more

AVT Reliability partnership with Teledyne FLIR will enhance thermal imaging offer

AVT Reliability has announced a partnership with world-leading thermal imaging camera manufacturer Teledyne FLIR.

The partnership with the Oregon, USA, headquartered company, will enable AVT Reliability to offer industrial clients state-of-the-art cameras and software for the condition monitoring of assets, further enhancing its UK and Ireland thermal imaging offer.

Lee McFarlane, Group Technical Director at AVT Reliability, which is part of the AES Engineering Reliability Group, said: “The quality of a thermal imaging camera is crucial to the safe collection of detailed and accurate data to inform a proactive maintenance plan.

“Teledyne FLIR is world-renowned for the innovation of its design and the quality of its thermal imaging equipment, which we have utilised for decades in our service business.

“It was a natural fit for both parties that AVT Reliability UK and Ireland become a channel partner in the condition monitoring sector. We’re confident that their range of advanced products will bring enormous benefits to our clients across the UK and Ireland.”

Handheld thermal imaging cameras can be used as part of a condition based maintenance programme on electrical, static and rotating equipment.

Lee McFarlane added: “The range of cameras available is extensive, depending on their application and budget. Additionally, AVT Reliability’s certified consultants can offer practical and technical guidance to clients, to ensure they apply the technology for optimum benefit.”

Contrinex’s Smart Sensors keep shafts turning with low-cost bearing condition monitoring

Contrinex Smart Sensors, available from PLUS Automation, offer a low-cost single sensor solution for condition-based monitoring of critical rotating machinery. They are able to monitor multiple parameters in real-time, including unexpected levels of vibration, increased bearing temperature or irregular radial deflections of a shaft. These highly versatile sensors provide a flexible, cost-effective solution that maximises data availability without adding complexity to the system.

Customer application

Engineers constantly seek solutions to minimise machine downtime without risking costly or perhaps dangerous breakdowns. It is a dilemma faced by engineers and designers worldwide, especially in sectors like heavy industry, mining, marine engineering, oil and gas, green energy and rail operations where rotating machinery is common-place and the machinery is often remotely located or inaccessible.

Bearing failure is a significant risk in equipment with rotating elements and it is generally sign-posted in its early stages by increased levels of vibration and a rise in bearing temperature.

Typically, this risk is managed by frequent inspection and maintenance of bearings, but condition-based monitoring (CBM) has become the preferred approach for cost-effective maintenance operations. CBM uses sensor technology to extract real-time data from machinery, developing a performance profile that identifies potential failures before they bring operations to a ‘grinding halt’.

Designers have to balance the desire to collect as much data as possible, on vibration, deflection, temperature and operating hours, which might all help predict an imminent breakdown, while keeping cost and complexity to a minimum.

Specifying multiple sensors meets the data-collection needs, but is a costly approach, often requiring significant compromise in mechanical design.

Customer solution

Contrinex Multi-Mode Smart Sensors fulfil the application’s requirements without compromise, using their multi-function technology. A single Smart Sensor can monitor multiple parameters including deflection, vibration, temperature, linear position, angular displacement and cycle count. Each of these measurements may be reported as process data or event data, while cumulative operating parameters are recorded in the sensor’s on-board storage.

The user-defined operating modes enable a single sensor to provide a range of functions. On the rotating machinery, it is mounted in either a bearing housing or adjacent to a shaft, to monitor for unexpected levels of vibration, increased bearing temperature or irregular radial deflections of the shaft. The sensor’s IO-Link functionality provides plug-and-play replacement of damaged sensors, without any loss of functionality and without any need for configuration.

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Dual-channel operation is another valuable feature of the Smart Sensor range. Should a critical event occur, the sensor delivers a high-speed notification directly to the control system, bypassing the IO-Link communications channel and initiating a shut-down sequence immediately. This avoids further, costly damage and minimizes subsequent process downtime.

Smart Sensors are exceptionally reliable, making them ideal for installation in remote locations where day-to-day access can be impossible. In wind turbines, rail cars, drag-lines, marine powerplants, paper mills, drilling platforms, construction equipment, heavy-duty pumps and a host of similar installations, these highly versatile sensors tick all the boxes.

Contrinex inductive Smart Sensors are designed with the needs of OEMs and System Integrators in mind to provide an unobtrusive fit-and-forget solution. For flexible, cost-effective CBM solutions that maximize data availability without adding complexity, Contrinex Multi-Mode Smart Sensors deliver complete peace of mind

The sensor’s high corrosion resistance has contributed to excellent reliability providing the customer with a cost-effective solution for a simple, fit-and-forget system.