Sensors/Data Acquisition

To Watch the Warehouse, Researchers Turn to Drones

Despite the growing use of wireless radio frequency ID (RFID) tags, lost inventory still costs warehouses billions of dollars every year. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an aerial way of supplementing the RFID technology: small, safe drones.

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Pen Device Identifies Cancer in Seconds

Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have invented the MasSpec Pen that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds — more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. The instrument gives surgeons precise diagnostic information about what tissue to cut or preserve, helping improve treatment and reduce the chances of cancer recurrence.

Posted in: News, Detectors
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Product of the Month: September 2017

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Middletown, CT, announced the OEM-2306 non-contact linear displacement measuring instrument using eddy current technology. The board is factory-configured for each specific setup, enabling its integration into OEM equipment. It serves as a replacement for LVDTs, air gauges, dial indicators, and micrometers. Features include resolution of 0.01%FS, frequency response of 50 KHz (-3 dB point), nonlinearity <1%FS typical, thermal sensitivity standard 0.1%FS/°F, and output options of 0-10 VDC (standard) and 0-5 VDC, ±5 VDC. Many aspects of the physical configuration and calibration of the instrument can be specified and customized to the needs of each OEM application, including extending the sensor cable, extended range calibration, temperature compensation calibration, and sensor customization.

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Increased road awareness is a critical component for driver safety and the future of self-driving cars. Our newest Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) products enable high-performing camera systems with robust, compact, and flexible communication links. This new ADAS design guide shows how Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) SerDes devices will help you design safer, smarter cars of the future.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Cameras, Sensors
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Evolution to Revolution: The Future of Connected & Electrified Powertrains in Vehicles

The fast-paced, customer-driven automotive industry has taken on the challenges of rapidly changing power demands for electric, hydrogen, hybrid, and gas-powered vehicles. Add tightening regulations, global competition, and demands for safer vehicles, and the course is set for placing the powertrain front and center in technological development. At TE Connectivity (TE), powertrain factors into every aspect of our rich engineering history. And our new trend paper shows it is ingrained in the products and capabilities we offer, from our broad portfolio of powertrain components and sensors, to our commitment to developing technologies that relay power through every vehicle, no matter its energy source.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Sensors
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Self-Powered Wireless Sensors in the Industrial Internet of Things

Sensors have a key role in industrial production. For example, they can be used for quality and process monitoring or condition-based maintenance. The range of applications is large and is evolving even further, largely due to the increasing use of self-powered wireless sensors for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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DIGITALIZATION: The New Critical Success Factor

The terms Industry 4.0, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and the Digital Factory are being pitched around like a rugby ball, and almost always with a decided lack of clear definition. Let’s set the record straight.

Posted in: Articles, Electronics & Computers, Sensors
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Perspiration Power: Biofuel Cell Reacts to Sweat

Engineers from the University of California – San Diego have developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from an often-unpleasant source: sweat. The flexible UCSD-developed devices are capable of powering wearables and electronics such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios.

Posted in: Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Sensors
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Secure 3D Printing: 'Three-Layer' System Protects Parts from Hackers

A 3D printer is essentially a small embedded computer — and can be exploited like one.

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Rutgers University have developed a “three-layer” way of certifying that an additively manufactured part has not been compromised.

Posted in: News, News, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Detectors, Sensors
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Sprayable Sensing Network Monitors Structural Health

Sprayed sensors were developed that can be networked to render real-time information on the health status of a structure, detecting hidden flaws. The sprayed nanocomposite sensors and an ultrasound actuator are used to actively detect the health condition of the structure to which they are fixed.

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