When sensors (photoelectric, inductive, pressure, temperature etc) were in their infancy, they were difficult to configure, and users were relatively inexperienced.
Jonathan Catchpole, system architect for TE Connectivity, talks about the seven most important sensors for smart home and intelligent buildings and how the AmbiMate sensor module combines them to help developers get their products to market faster.
Gluing the soles is a key part of the shoe manufacturing process. However, performing this manually is inefficient and produces inconsistent results. A Chinese high-tech robotics company turned to 3D laser inspection experts SmartRay to help them deliver a flexible, automated solution for their clients.
A manufacturer of automotive-suspension coil springs uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to identify parts and monitor process status in an automated paint shop.
Distributing water on a large scale is a particular challenge in high-rise buildings, and with a trend for designers to build up in urban areas, rather than out, it is an issue that has become a new focus for design engineers.
The discussion around implementing IIoT and Industry 4.0, from smart devices up to artificial intelligence in the factory is picking up speed, especially as a result of increased computing power and the availability of growing amounts of data, and further accelerated by the increased use of sensors with IoT features.
Micro-Epsilon has supplied a CFO200 non-contact colour recognition sensor to The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at The University of Huddersfield. In conjunction with an encoder, the sensor is being used to monitor the rotational speed of a bogie wheelset in a train wheel simulation test rig (HAROLD).
Tablets, smartphones, video game consoles, camcorders, and cameras have revolutionised the world of sensors. This includes MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes. Their ability to measure movement has led to improved performance and increased the functionality in many of the devices in which they are used.
High performance drones that can stay aloft for extended periods need super-reliable controls or risk being lost mid-flight. A test rig for developing the next generation of long-mission drones uses a wireless torque sensor that allows rapid set up and rapid testing.