Sensors

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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 ...



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 ...



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 ...


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 ...



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



Can engineers take the weight of big data?

With such hype behind the Internet of Things is all this information going to be useful or will it become a hindrance to the engineer and a distraction in finding real innovation? Is Big Data in ...



Embedding sensors for clever composites

In applications like wind turbines, tidal blades, aeroplane wings, ship propellers and hulls, it would be beneficial to have a self-sustaining, fully embedded monitoring system in order to ensure the ...






Ship builders sight automated inspection

A non-contact laser profile displacement sensor is playing a pivotal role in the development of an automatic inspection system to assess the surface and weld quality of ships structures.


Handheld, affordable 3D scanners make the leap

As the 3D printing revolution has gathered pace, so too has the requirement for 3D scanners. The ability to scan an object quickly and easily and then reproduce it on a 3D printer is not merely the ...