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All in one sensor technology

Liquid sensors are used for a variety of reasons. From measuring flow rates to volume content. Sensors are used to analyse particulate matter, volume pressure and a wide range of different volume types, from chemicals to corrosives. Sensors range in measuring pollutant gasses to liquid contaminants. This results in the use of multiple sensors that is not process efficient.
All in one sensor technology
Most sensors have two parts. The first is the hardware that is the sensor itself, and the second is software that analyses and interprets the sensor's data. In many systems however, multiple sensors for various tasks are needed in order to obtain a comprehensive analysis. For example, one sensor would measure the liquid pressure, another the flow rate and a third would measure the particulate matter.

This requirement for multiple sensors increases a systems' overall cost. The various sensors required also means that there are additional considerations regarding maintenance and upkeep. To reduce the high costs associated with sensor technology, a new multifunctional sensor has been developed. This multifunctional sensor is for liquids, and is a single piece of hardware with multiple software solutions.

By simply changing the software packages, the sensor can be adapted to a multitude of various tasks. From reading the temperature inside food refrigeration to measuring the jet fuel levels and temperatures of aerospace vessels, the sensor is as comprehensive as it gets. It can read the volume percentage of contaminants, viscosity degradation and acidity as well as find application in medical applications, construction and aerospace technologies.

The patents for this technology have been applied for, while the developers offer a prototype for demonstration or trials.

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Record Number: 80846 / Last updated on: 2005-09-18
Domain: Industrial Technologies