Novel sensor development
The applications for sensing technologies are multiplying. On the one hand there is the need to develop highly sophisticated, highly sensitive sensors that can detect at very low levels. These are usual, for example, in the medical arena. On the other hand there is the need to produce high volume sensors at low cost to work in highly customised applications and which require low power. These might be common, for example, in the industrial sector.
Sagentia has been developing sensors for over 25 years and it is a core competency for us and one in which we have market-leading capability. We have knowledge and experience in a broad range of sensing technologies defined below.
- Optical sensing – for example, we have developed fluorescence detection systems, endoscopes, single photon imagers and optical tracking systems.
- Electromagnetic – we have developed magnetic, inductive and RF sensor systems for non contact position measurement, article tagging, materials detection and inspection.
- Ultrasound and acoustics – we have used our acoustic expertise for non-destructive testing, medical diagnostics, condition monitoring, level sensing and haptics.
- Thermal – infrared sensing, diode array and conventional technologies tightly integrated into products such as fast PCR cyclers, laser profilers and implanted medical devices.
- Flow – coriolis , electromagnetic, ultrasonic, thermal, pressure applied to large diameter fiscal metering down to very low flow medical applications for both liquids and gases
- Haptics & Tactile sensing – accelerometer, strain gauges, motor feedback
As important as the sensing technology itself is the need to interpret and communicate the resulting data. We have extensive experience in many aspects of wireless connectivity and can design sensors to transfer data to meet the needs of different spectrum bandwidths. We also have a strong algorithm and software teams who can develop the means to interpret and act on the raw data provided by the sensors and by the fusion of sensors.