Sensors, Test & Measurement

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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 ...


Still king of the skies

It’s an icon of British engineering prowess and ingenuity, and still turns heads 80 years on. Justin Cunningham finds out why they really don’t make them like they used too.


Autonomy in the UK

With the headlines being grabbed by US companies, Google and Tesla, in autonomous vehicle research and development Tom Austin-Morgan checks on the state of the UK’s driverless vehicle projects.


Smart moves for industry

What makes Industry 4.0 meaningful is to see it in action. Tim Fryer went to visit a factory in Germany that was using it selectively and successfully.



Science behind the gold rush

Great Britain had a phenomenally successful Olympic Games in 2012, winning 65 medals (29 golds). It was our most successful Games since London first hosted the event in 1908. But although the home ...


Surfers under pressure

The burgeoning wearable technology market is fast becoming inundated with fitness bands, smart watches, and intelligent headphones. These devices can collect all kinds of information about you from ...



Car design in the bright lights

Everyday engineering design solutions are emerging from the sci-fi environment of the synchrotron – a facility that takes x-ray based measurements to a new, brighter level.


Top ten level sensing technologies

Level sensing is one of the most common functions for process control but it also uses a wide range of different technologies to achieve the same goal; it is therefore important to select the correct ...


Making the case for lightening quick reflexes

Electric cars are getting very fast. But any driver travelling at 280mph will want to know that the car is doing exactly what it is told, to and that means having highly accurate and dependable ...


How do you design-in reliability?

While there is an expectation that a product will be reliable over its (long) life, the market still demands value for money. Design engineers, claims Jean-Louis Evans, must therefore use test ...



Riding the future

A UK company has launched one of the more controversial products of recent times in a hope to bring best practice to an emerging market. Justin Cunningham finds out more about the engineering effort ...


Accelerating train design

It may not be fastest vehicle on rails but Train Zero is speeding up Bombardier’s development of the next generation of rolling stock, as it readies itself for the opening of Crossrail. Tim Fryer ...


Understanding the thermal issue

Temperature is a key measurement parameter in controlling the quality of glass or glass products. Conventional thermal imagers with spectral wavelengths of 8-14µm do not measure accurately the ...


Hot picks!

If you are designing plant, process or product that requires knowledge of temperature, there may be more than one solution.




Taken for a ride

The sensors and systems getting integrated in to cars are getting smarter, and the reality of autonomous cars is getting closer. Justin Cunningham looks at some of the technologies acting as a ...


Sensors star in industry's generation game

Whether IoT or Industry 4.0, there are a few technological hurdles to jump before it becomes reality. But there are enabling technologies – notably EtherCAT and intelligent sensors – that are already ...



WMG invests in low carbon mobility research

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick has invested in an LDS V8 combo shaker, to support its government-funded research into low carbon mobility.


Sensor intelligence comes of age

Developments in intelligent sensor technology and its ability to integrate with an automation network are resulting in innovative new functions that have a positive impact on a system or machine's ...


Raising the BAR

If you have the best sailor in the Olympic history, sailing the best boat available, then the long wait for a British victory in the America's Cup will be over. Easier said than done of course