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Smart sensors with improved capability

Smart sensors with improved capability

There is a need for smart sensors

Industrial plants generally host a variety of sensors such as vibration, optical and thermal, and data systems (i.e. SCADA). However, the conventionally-used measurement methods are still mostly manual, intrusive, infrequent, labor-intensive, and time-consuming.

Nowadays, there are still many industrial processes with challenging operation requirements like high-temperature process industries, precision manufacturing, and the production of large and extended parts.

There is a need for advanced and smart sensors that operate in harsh environments or provide high penetration capabilities and high precision for flexible and reliable processes.

Nabil Belbachir

DARWIN Research Director DARWIN - Grimstad


+47 401 08 137

The research group works on sensors with improved capability such as:

  1. High-penetration for subsurface analysis
  2. High-precision to accurately guide and control autonomous operations
  3. Compact and low cost to allow easy and dense integration

In the past decade, a few breakthrough technologies were introduced, namely the solid-state LiDAR (light detection and ranging) (SSL), radar-based monitoring systems, X-ray imaging, haptic sensors, and hyperspectral imaging that are opening up for amazing capabilities in monitoring and control systems and will revolutionize the smart sensors’ applications.

Furthermore, there is a tremendous improvement in standard sensor technologies in size, precision, detection range, and noise level. Examples include the ultrasound, acoustic emission, and vibrations sensors that bring additional capabilities for integrated process monitoring and control in the different use cases.

The research group is working on integrating a few of the recently developed sensors listed above together with existing sensors for demonstrating reliable measurements and intelligent analysis in a few industrial scenarios.

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