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Exhibition preview: Sensors & Instrumentation 2013

Published: 16 August 2013 - Rachael Morling

This September, Birmingham’s NEC will play host to Sensors & Instrumentation, an exhibition and conference programme, as well as the co-located Micro|Nano|Mems; and Machine Building shows. But what companies can you expect to see there?

When the doors to Hall 3 open at 9:30am on Wednesday 25th September, visitors to Sensors & Instrumentation at the NEC will be able to see a whole host of instrumentation solutions, some of which will be launched to the UK for the first time.

The two-day show is the ideal platform for those looking to source and specify products and to learn about the latest technologies. Not only will visitors get the chance to see a wide variety of solutions all in one place, but they will be able to witness product demonstrations, learn about and try new products, and discuss application queries with engineers. There is also a comprehensive seminar programme taking place throughout the event, with speakers from companies including Bronkhorst and National Instruments (see the website for more details).

If that’s not enough, this year’s event will be co-locating with two other exhibitions: Micro|Nano|Mems; and the brand new Machine Building show, enabling visitors to get even more from their day at the NEC.

So what can you expect to see at Sensors & Instrumentation 2013?

Making the most of your visit

Not only will Micro-Epsilon be presenting its full range of products, but its stand will stage ‘live’ working demonstrations, where sensors will be set up to capture measurements from real-world applications. Visitors will also be invited to take part in a ‘Sensor Challenge’ to test their knowledge of the various non-contact measuring techniques.

Other highlights will include the new scanCONTROL 2600/2900, the latest innovation in the company’s range of 2D/3D laser profile scanners. This is even more compact and lightweight than its predecessors. The company will also be showing the eddyNCDT 3100 displacement sensor, which features groundbreaking Embedded Coil Technology (ECT).

In addition, Micro-Epsilon will showcase its latest thermoIMAGER TIM 450 inline infrared thermal imager; and the thermoMETER CSmicro.?This is a miniature sensor with a diameter of just 14mm, and the electronics unit is now fully integrated in the cable.

Another exhibitor is Micro-Hybrid Electronic, a provider of standard and customer specific infrared sensor components, systems and modules. Products on show will include evaluation tools, NDIR gas measurement technology for harsh environments, and a new technology for hermetically sealed packaging. Micro-Hybrid is part of the Micro-Epsilon Group.

On the Bronkhorst UK stand, senior R&D Engineers will be available to discuss not only current application needs but also any future needs that might be required across industry, research and academia.

The company has taken the first steps in developing an ‘on-chip’ fuel gas energy content measurement system. This incorporates an integrated micro Wobbe index meter, consisting of two gas inlets, a mixer, a combustion chamber, heaters, temperature sensors and an exhaust outlet, together with an ultra-sensitive micro Coriolis mass flow meter, suitable for accurate mass flow and density measurement of the gases.

In addition, following its introduction at last year’s event, it has dedicated space for a ‘Learning Zone’, where  equipment will be available for a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning about various measurement techniques, software tools and the tricks-of-the-trade for PID control, valve/pump steering and thermal mass flow in-situ calibration checking.

Keller will be displaying its new LD series, said to be the smallest fully functional digital combination transmitter for pressure and temperature. The use of Keller’s Chip-in-Oil technology means extremely short signal paths with exceptionally high impact and vibration resistance are realised. The Series 4 LD is the smallest of four versions; with larger models measuring 15mm, 17mm and 19mm also available for relative pressure measurements. These also have an additional temperature range.

National Instruments will be demonstrating new products including LabVIEW 2013. Each new version accelerates the productivity of engineers and scientists building any measurement or control application. Building a system ‘right’ ensures quality and reliability, minimizes maintenance costs, enables team-based development, and guarantees the accuracy and performance of the system. With this in mind, new features and resources have been added which help users write better quality code and build systems using good architectures and development practices.

It will also be possible to find out about cRIO-9068, a new software-designed controller for the CompactRIO platform, and the new NI Data Dashboard which enables engineers to control their application from their smart phone or tablet using built in switches, buttons and numeric inputs.

Visitors to the stand of industrial cable manufacturer, Habia Cable Group, will be able to view its new and innovative product range, launched in response to increased demands for greater flexibility, performance and safety in measurement and temperature sensing applications.

Smaller in size and lighter in weight, Habiasense cables are designed for measurement and sensing requirements in applications ranging from vibration and pressure to radiation, flow and gas in highly sensitive environments. There are four different cable types in the family – HT1, HT2, ZH1 and ZH2 – and many sub-variations to choose from.

Also available are the Habiatherm family. Although these have existed for some time, the technology has recently been upgraded to meet a wider range of temperature sensing specifications. These cables are designed for many applications, such as air-flow systems or liquids such as slurry mixes or molten steel. The Habiatherm family also incorporates a wide variety of extension and compensation cables.

Also on show this year

Standex-Meder Electronics will once again exhibit at Sensors & Instrumentation, which it states is an ‘important trade fair for components, systems and applications’.

On show will be highlights of the recently expanded product range – via the combination of MEDER electronic and Standex Electronics – the new KT and UMS Reed Relays Series, the MK27 Reed Sensor in an aluminium housing, and Planar Transformers, which provide high-performance power from a compact, low-profile package.

The company will also exhibit its complete portfolio of reed switch-based solutions, as well as a comprehensive range of magnetics, including transformers and inductors, and current sense transformers.

Altheris and will be sharing a booth at the event. will not only be showing its standard range of sensors, but will be displaying recently launched products including semi-finished modular products and a range of low profile sensors. Engineering staff will be on hand to discuss applications with visitors.

Altheris is a supplier of industrial and marine joystick and footpedal controllers in potentiometric and Hall Effect technologies, together with industrial rotary and linear potentiometers. Joysticks with ATEX approved potentiometers and switches are also available for hazardous areas. More information will be available at the show.

Kemo, meanwhile, will be exhibiting a range of signal filters, including the versatile BenchMaster 21M highpass/lowpass filter in a small compact portable package. This has a versatile input, including gain, signal level indication, and an IEPE input; and offers a range of frequencies covering 0.1Hz to 98kHz. A range of filter responses are available to cover most applications.

For more than 50 years Micro-Measurements, a product line of Vishay Precision Group, has been at the forefront of strain gauge technology. As a result, it will be displaying the latest addition to its StrainSmart data systems, System 8000, an innovative 8-channel multi-input system with 1000 samples/second/channel performance, optional built-in self-calibration, Ethernet interface, plus the unrivalled ease-of-use and data integrity provided through its StrainSmart software. The company will also be showing its new range of high-resistance strain gauges.

Michell Instruments will be using the show to launch the compact and cost-effective XZR200 oxygen analyser, which is capable of measuring percentage oxygen to better than 1% of span (or 0.5% O2) with ranges of 0-25% and 0-100% available. It will also be displaying its MDM300 high-speed portable hygrometer, as well as the full range of dew-point transmitters, RH probes and calibration systems will also be represented.

Also exhibiting this year is InfraTec. The company develops and manufactures pyroelectric infrared detectors which are used for high-precision gas analysis as well as for fire and flame detection. These are in a modular construction consisting of approximately 50 standard types. Also available are detectors with reduced microphonic technology and integrated operational amplifier, as well as a new detector family with tuneable filter on MOEMS process.

The infrared measurement technology business unit not only sells infrared cameras but also delivers turn-key automation solutions. The thermal cameras of the latest generation have megapixel resolution – VarioCAM high definition and the self-developed high-end thermal ImageIR 9300 – providing excellent geometric resolution, extremely high frame rates and extensive assortment of equipment and accessories.

Completing the product range are software solutions for data acquisition and evaluation completes the range of high quality products. Binder UK will be showing circular connectors, with products including M5, M8 and M12 sensor connectors widely used in the sensor, instrumentation and automation markets. New M12 products will also be on display including high current versions rated at 12A, over-moulded connectors with welding spark resistant PUR cables and duo-connecting cords with shielded cable. Also on display will be the new 770 Series NCC connector range with a design that protects the contacts to IP67 when not connected, without the need of a protective cap.  This is ideal for portable or hand-held measuring equipment, control devices. etc.

Fylde Electronic Laboratories, an independent instrumentation company which specialises in the design and manufacture of modular signal conditioning equipment, will also be taking part. The company is heavily involved in measurements on propulsion and power generation gas turbines, particularly in the acquisition of blade strain and blade tip clearance data. Its general purpose instruments include strain gauge amplifiers for both static and high speed dynamic work; load, pressure and force measurement sensors, etc. It also offers bespoke design and manufacture and is qualified to ISO9001.

Other companies exhibiting include:?Huba Control; Instruments Direct; Dewetron & Dewesoft; EMC Hire; Target Valve; Kemo; Hydrotechnik; Martec; National Physical Laboratory; Fischer Connectors; PCB Piezotronics; FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, etc.

Additional show information

The companies and products above are just a glimpse of what you can expect to see at the exhibition this year. Visit the website to find out more, for detailed information on the seminar programme, and to register to attend. Sensors & Instrumentation is also on Facebook.

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