Sensors

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The benefits of using inductive sensors

The recent surge in the number of capacitive sensors has been largely driven by the use of touch sensors for touch screens. Capacitive displacement sensors work by measuring the change in capacitance ...


Sensing technology ensures safety

The sight of Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) travelling unaided around a factory is one that takes some getting used to. However much you remind yourself that these devices are safe, it nonetheless ...



Satellite to study the sun like never before

The Sun has always fascinated mankind, so it is perhaps hardly surprising that the European Space Agency (ESA) in conjunction with NASA is to launch a scientific satellite to study it like never ...


Satellites benefit from gaming sensors

Engineers from the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) have employed components from a Microsoft XBOX 360 in the development of a new satellite that could change the ...



Monitoring technology takes the strain

The monitoring of energy flow plays a critical part in stress analysis in a range of different markets and processes. By measuring often tiny temperature changes in a material under strain, it ...





EPS shows potential

An electric potential sensor originally designed for the world of quantum physics is finding increasing use in industry. Justin Cunningham reports.


Grease monitoring lengthens bearing life

Bearing life is often dependent on the condition of its lubricating grease. Paul Fanning looks at a sensor that allows it to be monitored during operation.