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By Daniel O'Neil, Christopher Townsend, and Chadwick Hodgkins, Guest Contributors

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Wireless Torque Monitoring for Unmanned Rotorcraft Flight Test
Torque monitoring in drive train systems has historically been used as an effective means to predict system degradation, as well as maintenance intervals for existing mechanical systems. By routing requisite strain gauge bridge rosette wiring through a mechanical slip ring, and utilizing conductive brushes to transfer signal from one side of the slip ring to another, it is possible to convey electrical signals and power from a fixed frame to a rotating frame and hence, achieve a relatively complex measurement system for shaft torque monitoring. More>>

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By Roger H. Grace, Guest Contributor

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MEMS Commercialization Report Card Research Project, Part Two
Part one, which appeared in the September 5, 2014 issue of the weekly Sensors Newsletter, provided the rationale, background, and methodology of the MEMS Commercialization Report Card Research Project. In part two, we will address the first two of the 14 MEMS Commercialization Report Card topics: Design for Manufacturing and Test and MEMS Marketing. More>>

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September 30, 2014 | News

For too long, replacing key components during the mid-lifecycle design refresh has been considered too costly and burdensome. But as the rate of technological change continues to increase, so does the need to add capabilities before the next generation of product. more>>


September 30, 2014 | Product

The TG16-1.0 thermoelectric module is capable of producing twice the power of the company’s first component, the TG8, while maintaining a minimal footprint. more>>


September 30, 2014 | Product

HMS Industrial Networks expands its cloud-based Netbiter Remote Management offering to include three different services. more>>


September 30, 2014 | Product

Ensuring secure connections for all energy-transmitting applications, the SKG 35 and HSKG 70 high-power stud terminals connect cables with small rated cross sections of 35 or 70 mm². more>>


September 30, 2014 | Product

In an updated version, the GEMCO 955 eBrik II linear displacement transducer (LDT) sports a redesigned connector end cap, an expanded stroke range up to 1,875 mm, and improved shock and vibration performance. more>>


September 30, 2014 | Product

The 281 PRI/Chek Valve combines the function of a pressure relief valve in parallel with a check valve into a single insert that’s easy to install. more>>


September 30, 2014 | Product

Available for the company’s HDO8000 high-definition oscilloscopes, three-phase Motor Drive Power Analyzer software enables the instruments to easily and quickly validate and debug a complete drive system. more>>


September 30, 2014 | News

The Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance has published its Smart Objects Guideline - Starter Pack 1.0. The Smart Objects Starter Pack (SOSP) 1.0 provides a basis for interoperability across devices connected to the IoT through an open common object model. more>>


September 30, 2014 | News

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use. more>>


September 30, 2014 | News

Picosun Oy, manufacturer of high quality Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) equipment, reports the successful low temperature deposition of graphene, enabled by its PICOPLASMA remote plasma source system. more>>

September 26, 2014 | Article | By Chadwick Hodgkins, Chrisopher Townsend, Daniel O'Neil

Effective and accurate torque monitoring has been, and will continue to be, an ongoing challenge in the industrial, agricultural, and aerospace arenas. Torque measurements are useful as an indicator of mechanical system health and desirable for test and production run assets. Recent adoption of... more>>

September 26, 2014 | Article | By Roger H. Grace

Episode one, which appeared in the September 5, 2014 issue of the Sensors Newsletter provided the rationale, background and methodology of the MEMS Commercialization Report Card Research Project. In this part, we will address the first two of the 14 MEMS Commercialization Report Card topics:... more>>

September 19, 2014 | Article | By Denise McKenzie

Reflecting the emergent Internet of Things (IoT), billions of sensors collect and transmit data every second from devices connected to people and things both consumer and industrial throughout the world. Much of this IoT data has, or will have, location tags. Location-based data is a critical... more>>

September 12, 2014 | Article | By Raghid Shreih

This article discusses sensor technologies that would allow municipal governments to monitor traffic flow in real time, directing assistance where it is needed, and gain important data for future city planning projects. Dr. Christian Claudel’s Distributed Sensing Systems Laboratory at KAUST has... more>>

September 5, 2014 | Article | By Roger H. Grace

This article is the first of a nine episode series that provides the results of the recently completed 2013 MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card Market Research Study. more>>

September 5, 2014 | Article | By Bill Campbell

This article describes a solid state micro-optical sensor that is suitable for both traditional and single use bioreactors and provides users with a new process parameter to add to their armory for process control and monitoring. more>>

August 29, 2014 | Article | By Kevin Callahan, Kevin Clinger

This article discusses the user research Alerton conducted for the Microset 4 wall sensor and how the findings influenced the product’s design, introduced in spring 2014. more>>

August 22, 2014 | Article | By Roland Einspieler

Electric motors employ various methods of position sensing. Optical encoders, for instance, have long been favored by motor control system designers for their accuracy, and their standard ABI outputs are easily handled by today’s microcontrollers. But contactless magnetic position sensors are... more>>

August 15, 2014 | Article | By Piet De Moor

The last decade revealed exciting advances in image sensor technologies. Integration, speed and low-power advantages offered by the introduction of CMOS technologies, coupled with highly customized photo-sensor fabrication processes, resulted in CMOS based imagers that are superior to CCDs. more>>

August 15, 2014 | Article | By David Sandys

Understanding the broader technology trends that are occurring throughout the world provides context to the rise of sales for certain electronic components. Here’s a deeper look at five electronics trends that are driving the need for components in the coming years. more>>


September 29, 2014 | Blog

There’s no doubt that wearable electronics is a booming market at the moment. Everything from truly functional health and athletic aids to novelty items draw much interest and coin. One example of a novel idea that may catch your fancy is what is being called the “first wearable beacon”, the... more>>


September 29, 2014 | Blog | By Charlene Soucy

Sensors blog post: The Unexpected Benefits of Speaking at Conferences more>>


September 16, 2014 | Blog

Audio Precision of Beaverton, OR has been setting the standards for audio testing with high-quality instruments since 1984. And the flagship of the company’s offerings is its APx555 audio analyzer. more>>


September 11, 2014 | Blog

A research team at Florida State University has uncovered a molecule that looks like a butterfly that could find employment in the creation of novel sensors. more>>


September 8, 2014 | Blog

Australian company Panorama Synergy Limited claims its LumiMEMS Reader is “the most precise measuring system on the planet.” more>>


September 3, 2014 | Blog

The “2013 MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card: Barriers to the Successful Commercialization of MEMS” is a comprehensive analysis and report on the state of MEMS technology by Roger Grace. more>>


August 12, 2014 | Blog

OVAL hopes to develop, manufacture, and market the world’s first affordable industrial-strength sensor. more>>


August 4, 2014 | Blog

What will the role of sensor makers be in the Internet of Things beyond just supplying sensors? more>>


July 21, 2014 | Blog

Wearable electronics is a rapidly growing market offering designers and OEMs countless opportunities for innovation. Two of the most prominent markets, and probably the most profitable at this point time, are physical fitness and healthcare/medical devices. more>>

July 14, 2014 | Blog | By Charlene Soucy

After the Show: Important Post-Show Tips for Exhibitors more>>

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