Sensors, Test & Measurement

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PCs for hazardous areas

In hazardous environments, a single spark from a faulty wire can be deadly. So, what do companies need to consider when choosing a PC for such an area?



The UK’s first autonomous grocery delivery trials

Earlier this year, the GATEway Project (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment), led by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) trialled autonomous pods to shuttle people around the Greenwich ...


Sensor selection: standard vs custom

With no shortage of sensor suppliers and Internet search engines that provide fast and easy comparison of performance, price and availability, why would any engineer choose anything other than a ...







Understanding spider sense

During March, a team of researchers based at Bristol and Oxford University launched a project to investigate the computational capabilities of spider webs and develop a new sensor technology to ...


Exploring and mapping the ocean depths with drones

It’s been said, we know more about deep space than the deep ocean. True or not, a $7 million XPrize has been set up to challenge innovators, engineers and designers from around the world to advance ...





Designing for the digital world

Head in sand time is over - Industry 4.0 is happening and is here to stay. In this article, the first in a series, Tim Fryer spoke to some of the leading automation companies about what Industry 4.0 ...



Automated actors storm the theatre

The vehicles being tested by the Royal Navy during its recent Unmanned Warrior event may look impressive, intimidating, even bizarre, but what connects them is more notable. Tom Austin-Morgan met ...


Are robots going soft?

Using robotics systems has helped many patients relearn muscular movements or rebuild strength. But using the 'soft' materials could improve outcomes further. Tim Fryer looked into the ongoing ...



Built for battle - Robot Wars' revamped House Robots

The return of Robot Wars to our screens this summer had completely re-engineered house robots, which were needed to keep up with the competition. Justin Cunningham finds out how the technology has ...


Cut contact with mirror measurements

In the heat treatment industry, depending on the application, there is a choice to be made between sensors that make contact with the material being tested and non-contact sensors. Which should you ...