Sensing Innovation at Sensors & Instrumentation Live – the Engineering Symposium

Instrumentation and sensors are incredibly important because of the data they produce. This data can be used to improve processes, increase efficiency and repeatability, and enhance the competitiveness of your business. But in order to make the most of your data it is important to gain a good understanding of the equipment you are using.

This year, Sensors & Instrumentation Live, taking place in Hall 2 at the NEC, Birmingham on 25 and 26 September 2019, is teaming up with DJB Instruments to deliver CPD-accredited training that will help you to develop your understanding of sensors and instruments to improve the quality of your data. Free to attend, the training is driven by sensor innovation and the very latest in engineering.

DJB has brought together a team of speakers from leading technology and engineering companies from around the world to present a two day programme of technical seminars.

The full programme for the Sensors & Instrumentation Live Engineering Symposium follows. Each presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session with the presenter.

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Session 1 – 10:00 – 11:00

“Strain Gauge Load Cells – the basics of use……”

Whether you are measuring load, weight or force you will be using a load cell. Now it may be a foil or silicon strain gauge, aluminum, steel or exotic material, sealed or not, to name but a few design features. But do not forget the fundamentals – otherwise the data will be worthless!

John Tyrrell, Managing Director, TTS Systems Ltd

Session 2 – 11:15 – 12:15

“Accelerometers, The Truth and more…..”

An understanding of how a sensor works is critical to its correct selection and use. This seminar will provide a fundamental overview of how a piezoelectric accelerometer operates and the key factors to ensure correct use and data accuracy. Remember a vibration environment is damaging and dynamic!!.

Jim Flanagan, Managing Director – Centrateq Ltd

Session 3 – 13:45 – 15:00

“Automation in Environmental Testing”

Several challenges are hitting the test lab. For one, many test labs have a hard time to attract new people, test technicians and test engineers. Even, when new people can be hired, it takes one to five years before they can work completely independently and autonomously. At the same time the test requirements are getting more and more complicated. A good example is the group of tests for automotive batteries.

One way to handle the challenges is to automate the lab. This happens already at the logistic level. Companies install database solutions to handle the whole process from the first customer contact up to the planning of the test, reporting and invoicing after the test has been finished.

The underlying level is the automation of the test itself: to synchronise the vibration test with climatic test, to control the DUT, to monitor the DUT and to synchronise other measurement systems during the test. This presentation will discuss the solution, based on the GUS Standard Interface.

Ben Haest, Managing Director, Quality Electronics Design S.A

Thursday 26th September 2019

Session 1 – 10:00 – 11:00

“Power challenges for wireless sensors”

This presentation and associated case study will look at the challenges of powering wireless sensors and how energy harvesting can be used. Topics covered will include:

– What is a wireless sensor?

– The radio spectrum and power transmission.

– Data processing and transmission strategy

– Energy generation and storage

– Case study: SlopeAlarms Lite


Senior Lecturer in Wireless Systems Engineering, Loughborough University and Head of the Communications Research Division

Session 2 – 11:15 – 12:15

“Excitation Methods for Experimental Modal Analysis: Shakers and Hammers”

Excitation techniques for experimental modal analysis typically involves the use of impact hammers and (one or more) electrodynamic shakers for controlled force input. Common application examples are discussed including practical aspects of such excitation methods and equipment. In addition, an overview of the sensor and instrumentation equipment used during modal testing is provided going beyond shakers and hammer and also addressing the force and acceleration transducers used during testing.

Marco Peres, Product Manager

The Modal Shop

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