What types of sensors are used in robots? Part 2 of 2

In addition to the sensors identified in Part 1 of this blog, there are several others required for different types of robots. Chemical, light and color sensors enable the robot to evaluate, adjust and detect problems with its environment. For humanoid robots that can walk, run or even dance (like Dobi, made by Chinese company […]

What types of sensors are used in robots?

Fully functional human robots, such as those being developed by Boston Dynamics, need numerous sensors to simulate a variety of human and beyond human capabilities. For the human part, the sensors provide the ability to see, hear, touch and move. In general, industrial robots employ sensors for a variety of activities. Some sensors provide environmental […]

Balluff integrates two companies into the group

Balluff is extending its digitalization know-how with the acquisition of two companies: the Stuttgart software company iss innovative software services GmbH (iss) and the machine vision pioneer Matrix Vision GmbH (MV) from Oppenweiler, near Stuttgart are now part of the sensor and automation specialist. The relevant contracts were signed in July and August after nearly […]

Micro ICP pressure sensor

PCB’s new micro ICP Pressure Sensor, Model 132B38, is suited for wind tunnel applications that require very small test sensors and very high frequency response. This improved design features a centered sensing element which improves accuracy of time of arrival, targeting, sniper/projectile detection systems, and aerodynamic testing in high speed wind tunnels. Model 132B38 measures […]

LRL-27 Series long stroke heavy duty LVIT inductive linear position sensors

Alliance Sensors Group, a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LRL-27 Series of long-stroke LVIT position sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation systems and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial applications such as solar cell positioners, wind turbine prop […]

How does time of flight sensing measure distance?

At Sensor Expo 2017, John from ST Microelectronics explains the FlightSense principle for his company’s time of flight (ToF) sensor to show how it can be used to measure distance from an object. The ToF chips emits a tiny beam of laser light from its emitter (a Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) that hits a […]

PCB Piezotronics launches University Laboratory Programs

PCB Piezotronics Inc. announces the launch of its University Laboratory Programs. These Programs provide significant cost savings for acoustics, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics curricula that incorporate hands-on student labs. Each program bundles sensors and accessories, laboratory experiments, classroom lecture, and technical poster for use in academic classrooms and laboratories. With a history of […]

Balluff launches magnetic field C and T slot sensors with multiple switchpoints

Balluff BMF magnetic field sensors for cylinders, grippers and valves have evolved to offer a solution for many types of applications. The newest technology in the Balluff BMF family is the all new remote teach sensor, featuring advanced settings through IO-Link. The BMF remote teach magnetic field sensors for C and T slots offer eight […]

Hi-rez pressure-based sensor reconstructs fingerprints at 1,000 dpi

Leti today announced that the European R&D project known as PiezoMAT has developed a pressure-based fingerprint sensor that enables resolution more than twice as high as currently required by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The project’s proof of concept demonstrates that a matrix of interconnected piezoelectric zinc-oxide (ZnO) nanowires grown on silicon can […]

Catalog details pyroelectric detectors, PbS and PbSe detectors, InGaAs photodiodes, sensor arrays

LASER COMPONENTS has issued a new catalog covering its extensive portfolio of infrared components on more than 130 pages. Many of the products are manufactured at the company’s own sites in Arizona and Florida – including pyroelectric detectors, PbS and PbSe detectors, and most of all the highly successful (x)InGaAs photodiodes and sensor arrays. Other […]

How can you detect seismic waves?

At Sensor Expo 2017, Jacob Hicks, the assistant product manager for Omron Electronic Components’ Sensors unit shows the capabilities of the D7S, a vibration sensor that can detect seismic waves, and Itron’s Riva development board for wireless communications. Partnering with Itron, Omron’s D7S sits on top of Itron’s Riva board. The D7S contains an ASIC, […]

Thermal imaging sensor aids in characterizing critical production equipment

Fluke Corp. has expanded the capabilities of its Condition Monitoring system to include thermal monitoring with the addition of the new Fluke® 3550 FC Thermal Imaging Sensor. Maintenance managers can now collect a more comprehensive variety of key-indicator data — thermal imaging, voltage, current, temperature, and power — on critical equipment to build a real-time […]

How can you use a three-axis position sensor?

At Sensor Expo 2017, Nick Czarnecki, regional marketing manager from Melexis, demonstrates concepts for position sensing using the company’s MLX90393 Triaxis position sensor in human machine interface (HMI) applications that include rotation, push detection and controlling 3D motion with a joystick. The demo shows how a non-contacting rotating knob can set the absolute axis position […]

Newark element14 now stocking TE Connectivity Sensors

Newark element14, the Development Distributor, is now stocking a wide range of sensors from TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors. TE sensors are available for same day shipping. Access to a broad range of sensors provides engineers with the choices required to meet the needs of various applications, based on a […]

When will everyone use augmented reality?

In his keynote address at Sensors Expo 2017, Ori Inbar, co-founder and CEO of AugmentedReality.org predicts that at some point in the near future augmented reality (AR) sales will surpass those of smartphones. (Excerpt from “Superpowers to Change the World: How Augmented Reality Helps Advance Humanity.”) When will everyone use augmented reality to experience reality […]

How can magnetic sensing control the flight of a drone?

At Sensor Expo 2017, Ali Alaoui, a field applications engineer from Crocus Technology, explains the use of his company’s Tunneling MagnetoResistance (TMR) sensing technology to control the flight of a drone. Crocus Technology’s patented TMR sensing technique employs a Magnetic Logic Unit (MLU) that enables ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors as well as highly robust secure embedded […]

What’s the future of augmented reality?

In his keynote address at Sensors Expo 2017, Ori Inbar, co-founder and CEO of AugmentedReality.org tells how augmented reality (AR) is poised for considerable growth. (Excerpt from “Superpowers to Change the World: How Augmented Reality Helps Advance Humanity.”) In 2009, Inbar told a conference audience that in ten years everyone will use AR to experience […]

Laser Technology releases continuous level laser measurement sensor

Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) has released its next generation laser sensor, the TruSense S300.  As a continuation of the S200 series product line, the S300 is an S-family sensor created specifically to measure fluids and liquids. Optimized to measure highly reflective target surfaces, the new S300 represents a breakthrough in laser sensor technology.  With features […]

Sensors in the driving seat

Advances in sensor technology help make autonomous vehicles safe and reliable. RALF BORNEFELD | Infineon Technologies Many drivers on today’s roads are already supported by advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for functions such as parking assist, cruise control and automated lighting. Now, more intelligent and connected environmental sensors are making autonomous vehicles the next logical step […]

LA-25-A LVDT linear position sensor designed for extreme environments

H.G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group is proud to release its LA-25-A series LVDT linear position sensors, designed to handle extreme industrial environments. Available in ranges from 3 inches (75 mm) to 15 inches (375 mm), the LA-25-A is ideal for roller gap positioning, process valve displacement, head box and actuator position feedback with the durability […]

Current Sense Chip Resistor Kits Offer a Range Of Sizes And Values

Stackpole’s current sense kits are a compact folder containing a variety of 1% tolerance resistance values in a choice of 1206, 2010, or 2512 chip sizes. Stackpole offers values from various series to provide a broad range of values. Higher resistance values are thick film technology, where the lower resistance values will be foil on

New LA-25-A LVDT linear position sensor by Alliance Sensors Group Linear Position Sensor Designed for Extreme Environments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group is proud to release its LA-25-A series LVDT linear position sensors, designed to handle extreme industrial environments. Available in ranges from 3 inches (75 mm) to 15 inches (375 mm), the LA-25-A is ideal for roller gap positioning, process valve displacement, head box and actuator position feedback with […]

How can sensors determine machine health?

At Sensor Expo 2017, a ROHM Semiconductor expert discusses how several sensors including pressure, temperature, flow and level sensors connected through sensor node can help monitor a machine’s health or control a process. In the demo, each sensor node collects the data and uses wireless sub-gigahertz radio called Wi-SUN and transfers the data to a […]

IR sensing workshop to cover IR detectors, sources and filters, instrument subsystem designs, spectroscopy and sensing

LASER COMPONENTS USA, specialized provider of laser and photoelectronic components in the US and Canada, announces that it will sponsor the 4th International WORKshop on Infrared Technologies for a broad audience of leading IR experts. The event will take place at Arizona State University on November 8 – 9, 2017 in Tempe, AZ, USA. Based […]

New Media Isolated Amplified Pressure Sensors

All Sensors Corporation of Morgan Hill, California has announced a brand new offering of media isolated pressure sensors; the amplified CPA 502 Series. These new pressure sensors offer design engineers excellent performance for various aggressive media applications. The CPA 502 Series features a ceramic pressure sensor with piezoresistive technology and flush diaphragm design. Product highlights […]