In “classical” industrial automation (factory automation) standardized sensors control the manufacturing processes. The automation of laboratory tasks (lab automation) demands additional requirementsRead more
Lab equipment assists diagnostic activities. It often consists of high tech systems which use a variety of components. Manufacturers of equipment often qualify standard sensors (“catalogue goods”) or modifications of standard sensors as component purchasing within a defined supplier management.Read more
Increasing complexity of products often means increasing complexity of manufacturing processes, with a simultaneous increase in the degree of automation. This leads to a growing field of application for sensors, which, however, are not always perfectly suited for every application. This often means: customized sensor solutions are needed.
In this article you will learn what customer and application specific sensors are all about, who needs them and how to get them.
In lab automation optimized mechatronic solutions play a major role. The requirements to be met are high precision and reliability with very limited installation space.Read more
Handling microfluidics and evaluating samples based on light is a precise science. And that precision comes from the light source, not the actual detection methodRead more
Miniaturization is a highly relevant trend in medical and lab technology. Increasing automation, constant object size reduction and increasing accuracy requirements lead to a higher integration degree. Driving applications are lab-on-a-chip, portable units or even invasive components like micropumps or catheters with sensor functionsRead more
In applications where optical sensors reach their limits in size, the Micromote system has been developed, providing an alternative to fiber opticsRead more
Manufacturing of semiconductor components is a highly automated process. This article discusses the importance of wafer mapping as part of automated material handling.Read more
It is not a surprise that optimizing yield is one of the most important objectives in a sawmill (or lumber mill) as it is in any other industry. The big difference is that there is hardly any control over the quality of the logs that enter the sawill.Read more
Optoelectrical sensors are widely used in industrial automation. Clean, dust-free and dry environment is usually essential for proper operation of photoeyes. In many applications in dirty and harsh environment, optical sensors are still the best choice. For instance in steel mills we find extreme heat in steel and metal production.Read more