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1) Role of MEMS in Biomedical Application: A Review,

    by Himani Sharma, P. A. Alvi, S. Dalela and J. Akhtar, pp.1-10

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


2) Novel Pressure Sensor for Aerospace Purposes,

    by T. Beutel, M. Leester-Schädel, P. Wierach, M. Sinapius and S. Büttgenbach, pp.11-19

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


3) Design and Implementation of an Embedded Digital Throwing System Based on MEMS Multiaxial Accelerometer,

    by Zhen Gao and Dan Zhang, pp.20-28

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


4) On the Modeling of a MEMS Based Capacitive Accelerometer for Measurement of Tractor Seat Vibration,

    by M. Alidoost, G. Rezazadeh, M. Hadad-Derafshi, pp.29-42

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


5) Optimization of Contact Force and Pull-in Voltage for Series based MEMS Switch,

    by Abhijeet Kshirsagar, S. P. Duttagupta, S. A. Gangal, pp.43-47

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


6) Fully on-chip High Q Inductors based on Microtechnologies,

    by Kriyang Shah, Nazuhusna Khalid, Jugdutt Singh, Hai P. Le, John Devlin and Zaliman Sauli, pp.48-60

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


7) A Combined Thermo-Electrostatic MEMS-Based Switch with Low Actuation Voltage,

    by Parisa Mahmoudi, Habib Badri Ghavifekr, Esmail Najafiaghdam, pp.61-70

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


8) Output Force Enhancement of Scratch Drive Actuator in Low-Voltage Region by Using Flexible Joint,

    by Shawn Chen, Chiawei Chang and Wensyang Hsu, pp.71-82

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


9) Electroplated Nickel Micromirror Array,

    by Mahmoud Almasri and Albert B. Frazier, pp. 83-91

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


10)Pull-In Phenomenon Investigation in Nonlinear Electromechanical Coupled System by Distributed Model Frequency Analysis Method,

    by Ahmadali Tahmasebi-Moradi, Fatemeh Abdolkarimzadeh and Ghader Rezazadeh, pp. 92-107

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


11)Generic Compact Model of Double-Gate MOSFETs Applicable to Different Operation Modes and Channels,

     by Xingye Zhou, Jian Zhang, Lining Zhang, Chenyue Ma, Xing Zhang, Jin He and Mansun Chan, pp. 108-115

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


12)The Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Nematic Liquid Crystals based Chemical and Biological Sensors with Electroplated Microstructures,

     by Jun Namkung and Robert G. Lindquist, pp.116-123

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


13)Analytic Calculation of Forces and Torques on a Silicon Die under Fluidic Self-alignment,

    by R. C. Woods, pp.124-134

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


14)Silicon Die Self-alignment on a Wafer: Stable and Unstable Modes,

     by Jean Berthier, Kenneth Brakke, François Grossi, Loïc Sanchez, Léa DI Cioccio, pp.135-150

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


15)A Method to Improve the SGADER Process and Fabricate Ultra-thick Proof Mass Inertial Sensors under the Same DRIE Technique,

    by Haifeng Dong, Jianli Li, pp.151-159

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


16)Design of Novel Paper-based Inkjet Printed Rounded Corner Bowtie Antenna for RFID Applications,

    by Yasar Amin, Julius Hållstedt, Hannu Tenhunen, Li-Rong Zheng, pp.160-167

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]





 Novel Sensors for Food Inspections

 by Mohd. Syaifudin Bin Abdul Rahman, Subhas C. Mukhopadhyay and Pak Lam Yu, pp. 1-40

 [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]





Fully Customizable Bearing Load Cells for Tension Control Applications


Sherborne Sensors has introduced the SS6000 series, a range of fully customizable shear strain gauge (gage) load cells, designed to directly integrate with new or existing roll bearing systems, for high-precision force measurements within demanding web tension applications. The design of the SS6000 series incorporates precision transducer quality bonded strain gauges as its primary transduction element, to ensure high-reliability under demanding conditions, as well as to facilitate easy integration with closed loop tension control systems. The transducers are fully compensated for the effects of temperature on zero output and sensitivity, with minimal deflection and high resonant frequency, ensuring rapid response to tension changes.  Sensors are machined from stainless steel, for high resistance to shock, overload and corrosion, and are offered in ranges from ± 2,000 to ± 5,000 kg (4,400 to 11,000 lbf), with 2 mV/V output. The cylindrical end shape of the SS6000 series allows bearings to be mounted direct to the load cell ...


Robin Butler

Sherborne Sensors

Director of Sales & Marketing

Tel.: +44 (0) 870 444 0728

E-mail: sales@sherbornesensors.com

SS6000 series load cell



Miniature Infrared Optoelectronic Sensor with Logic Output


CARROLLTON, TX – For design engineers with the requirement for a compact infrared sensor, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed a small surface mount packaged photo light sensor with a digital output ideal for applications with limited space. Designated the OPL611 Series, the sensors feature data rates to 250 kBaud and consist of a Photologic® chip encapsulated in transparent molded plastic, providing optical coupling as well as mechanical protection ...


Jason Gildea,

Director of IR Components

OPTEK Technology

4222 S. Staples St.,

Corpus Christi, TX 78411, USA

Tel.: 972-323-2200


E-mail: jgildea@optekinc.com

OPL611 Series infrared sensor



Melt Pressure Measuring Chain


Amherst, New York, USA – Kistler Instrument Corporation has announced the North American market introduction of Type 4021A, a melt pressure measuring chain with Ѕ”-20 UNF thread, designed to simultaneously measure short duration pressure peaks and temperatures. The robust design of Kistler Type 4021A incorporates a melt pressure sensor, constructed of a very stable, high-temperature piezoresistive silicon sensing element, with an abrasion-resistant stainless steel diaphragm, and an integral amplifier, which is designed to match the sensor. The sensor is offered in multiple lengths and angular configurations, in pressure measurement ranges of 0 to 29000 psi (0 to 3000 bar) and temperature ranges of 32 to +662 °F (0 to +350 °C), with choice of cable lengths ...


Chris Smyth

Marketing Manager

Kistler Instrument Corporation

Tel.: +716-691-5100

E-mail: chris.smyth@kistler.com

Type 4021A incorporates a melt pressure sensor



Reliable, Cost-Effective Liquid Level Sensors for Monitoring in Automotive, Control, Household, Industrial and RV Applications


CHICKASHA, Okla., USA  Hermetic Switch, Inc., unveiled its new series of liquid level sensors, also known as float sensors or fluid level sensors. The new PRX+1660 series represents a new product line for the company, which enables Hermetic to address the need for reliable, robust, and reasonably priced sensors for liquid level monitoring applications in appliance, automotive, control, household, industrial, municipal, petrochemical, power generation, processing, and recreational markets ...


Nicole Dansereau,

Marketing Manager

Hermetic Switch, Inc.

3100 Norge Rd.

Chickasha, OK 73018 USA

Tel.: 405-224-4046 x105,  fax: 405-224-9423

E-mail: nicole@hermeticswitch.com

Liquid level sensors



Precision Displacement, Vibration and Sorting Measurements with Kaman’s Rugged RoHS-compliant  Proximity Sensors


Kaman’s KD-2446 is a high-precision proximity sensor system that offers lead-free RoHS compliance in a cost-effective compact DIN package that’s easy to install. With a 10 kHz analog output and threshold-adjustable 3.3 kHz switched output, the KD-2446 provides a flexible solution for today's high-speed automated manufacturing and process control applications. Kaman's reputation for high-performance sensors is reflected in the KD-2446 system, performing with 0.008 % FS resolution and 0.56 % FS switch point hysteresis. CE and RoHS compliance makes this new system ideal for OEM applications with worldwide distribution. Applications include displacement, vibration, sorting, and event capture ...


Dan Spohn


Tel.: 719/635-6957

Fax: 719/634-8093

E-mail: Dan.Spohn@kaman.com


KD-2446 proximity sensor system



Rotary Encoders with Increased Temperature Range


Towcester, UK - Reflecting the total confidence in the quality of its wide range of WDG encoders and systems, German manufacturer Wachendorff Automation GmbH has extended its warranty from 3 to 5 years as well as increase the working temperature range of all WDG encoders to those used for military specifications. Wachendorff, represented exclusively in the UK by measurement and sensor specialist Variohm EuroSensor, saw the warranty expansion as a logical extension to the positive feedback and extremely favourable returns statistics from many satisfied users ...


Variohm EuroSensor Limited

Williams' Barn

Tiffield Road

Towcester, Northants

NN12 6HP

Tel.: +44 (0) 1327 351004

E-mail: graham@variohm.com

WDG encoders



Compact New Flow Switch/Monitor Optimized for Process Analyzers and Sampling Systems


San Marcos, CA — With a space-saving design incorporating advanced electronics, the new Model FS10A Flow Switch/Monitor from Fluid Components International (FCI) represents the next-generation, lowest-cost solution for continuously verifying flows within liquid or gas process analyzer sampling systems. The breakthrough FS10A Analyzer Flow Switch is a small, lightweight instrument featuring superior low flow sensitivity, a choice of electronic outputs and a no-moving parts design that ensures maximum  reliability.  Analyzer end-users or system integrators will find the FS10A’s advanced electronics and thermal dispersion flow sensing technology provide a superior overall solution to sampling system flow assurance. It is ideally suited for continuous monitoring of analyzer sample flows to provide the highest integrity process analysis without interruption ...


1755 La Costa Meadows Dr,

San Marcos, CA 92078, USA

Tel.: 800-854-1993

Fax: 760-736-6250

E-mail: fcimarcom@FluidComponents.com

Model FS10A Flow Switch/Monitor



Inclinometer Systems Combine Force Balance Technology with a Convenient Digital Display


Inclinometer systems from Columbia Research Laboratories, Inc. include a temperature compensated force balance inclinometer in conjunction with a power module and convenient digital display. The DIS-7001 and DIS-7012 systems combine the superior force balance technology with a readout module that supplies linearization, eliminating the need for conversion from the inclinometer sine output to degrees. Both systems are available with optional analog output via a BNC connector and a choice of input power and cable configurations. An optional carrying case offers enhanced portability ...


Monica Bailey

Columbia Research Laboratories, Inc.

Tel.: 610-872-3900

Fax: 610-872-3882

E-mail: sales@columbiaresearchlab.com


Inclinometer Systems



PowerMeter Designs for Smart Energy Monitoring


CHANDLER, Ariz. - Microchip Technology Inc., has announced the result of its strategic partnership with Google PowerMeter-the first Reference Implementation of the Google PowerMeter API for embedded developers. Designers now have a quick and easy way to enter the global energy-conservation market, by creating products for the measurement and monitoring of energy usage with Microchip's Google PowerMeter Reference Implementation and its broad portfolio of 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, energy-measurement ICs, Ethernet controllers, and radios for ZigBee and embedded Wi-Fi wireless networking ...


Eric Lawson



E-mail: eric.lawson@microchip.com





Torque Sensors and Load Cells an Overview of their Design and Application


Farmington Hills, MI, USA Kenneth Watkins, Application Engineer from PCB Load & Torque, Inc., has recently released the following technical papers: Torque Sensors – An Overview of their Design and Application reviews the basic technology of the strain gage torque sensors including structure designs, typical applications for reaction and rotary sensors and installation discussions. This paper includes an application questionnaire to help the reader determine the advantages of each type. Load Cells – An Overview of their Design and Application reviews the basic technology of the strain gage load cell including design, model classifications, and performance specifications.  This paper includes typical application examples and a questionnaire to help determine specific requirements ...


Jennifer Beal,

Marketing Coordinator

PCB Load & Torque, Inc.,

Tel.: 716-684-0001

E-mail: prospects@pcb.com





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Multisensor Data
and Information Processing

Vol.1, August 2005

MEMS & NEMS: Devices
and Systems

Vol.2, October 2007

Modern Sensing

Vol.90, April 2008

Microsystems: Technology
and Applications
Vol.3, December 2008
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Robotics and Sensors

Vol.5, March 2009

Modern Sensing
Technologies II

Vol. 6, August 2009

MEMS: from Micro Devices
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Vol. 7, October 2009

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