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This monthly e-newsletter, written by the editors of Sensors & Transducers Magazine (ISSN 1726-5479), delivers the product and research news, end-use application news, information on upcoming events for MEMS and sensors professionals, and updates you on happenings in the sensor science, industry and markets. The Newsletter reports the latest developments in sensor industry as it happens from leading research centers, universities and manufacturers. Who should read this Newsletter ? All who are interested in the newest information and trends in sensors, transducers, MEMS and sensor instrumentation, including DAQ.


IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.11-12, December 2012

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1.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) and journal, Vol.147, Issue 12, December 2012

2.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

3.   New Sensors Related Published Books

4.   Sensor Technology e-Newsletter 2012/2013

5.   US Sensor Industry Forecasts for 2016 & 2021

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7.   Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions


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Bullet Sensors & Transducers Journal and Magazine (e-Digest),
Vol. 147, No. 11, December 2012


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 Bullet Sensors Web Portal Up-Date Briefs



  • New issue of Sensors & Transducers e-Digest, Vol.147, Issue 12, 2012 is in the DIGEST section with business and products news

  • Sensors and Intelligent Systems, Sensors & Transducers, Vol.17, Special Issue, December 2012. Selected papers from the 4th International Conference on Intelligent & Advanced Systems (ICIAS' 2012), 12-14 June 2012, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

  • 10 Top Sensors Products of 2012 - selected, award winner sensor products by Sensors & Transducers magazine

  • MEMS Pressure Sensors: Fabrication and Process Optimization - a new book published by IFSA Publishing will greatly benefit undergraduate and postgraduate students of MEMS and NEMS course, process engineers and technologists in the microelectronics industry including MEMS-based sensors manufacturers

  • Aerospace Sensors - recently published by Momentum Press book offers invaluable guidance to both practicing aerospace engineers as well as engineering students in aerospace, mechanical electronics, and systems engineering


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MEMS Pressure Sensors: Fabrication and Process Optimization

by Parvej Ahmad Alvi


Aerospace Sensors

by Alexander Nebylov


 MEMS Pressure Sensors: Fabrication and Process Optimization

Publisher: International Frequency Sensor Association (IFSA) Publishing

Hardcover: 176 pages

Pubdate: 12 December 2012

ISBN: 978-84-616-2207-8


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 Aerospace Sensors

Publisher: Momentum Press, LLC

Hardcower: 576 pages

Pubdate: 5 October 2012

ISBN: 1606500597


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For more sensors books please visit our IFSA Publishing web page and Online Bookstore






Bullet Sensor Technology e-Newsletter 2012/2013

Inside this issue...

  • New TorqSense Rotary Torque Sensors
  • Smart Load Sensor
  • TorqSense Gives Pumps A Testing Time At Watson Marlow
  • Services


New TorqSense Rotary Torque Sensors


New for 2012, TorqSense Digital torque transducers with integral digital electronics offer cost effective, non-contact digital rotary torque measurement, using Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology, suitable for torque monitoring, testing or controlling drive mechanisms.

TorqSense transducers and their technology are particularly appropriate for OEM applications. The new range RWT410/420 series replace the well-received TorqSense RWT310/320. The electronics have been upgraded to produce lower power consumption of 3 watts, frequency response up to 10kHz and resolution of .02 of FSD, with faster digital data throughput and increased transducer overload to 300%, these represent significant performance gains. Other ranges of TorqSense RWT transducers available include RWT430/440 and the new RWT450/460 Pulley torque sensors. All models feature the enhanced electronics.

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Smart Load Sensor

The new wireless LoadSense load cell provides all the information needed to optimise efficiency and increase profitability of a wide range of industrial operations


The new development allows weighing processes to be fully integrated with handling operations. All live data is captured in real time and can be transferred to a database, stored, totalised and analysed. The load sensor can be integrated with a crane hook, fork lift or other handling device. It has an on-board single-chip computer for recording, analysing and archiving readings, and wireless communications (operating on a harmonized global 2.4 GHz waveband) that can transfer data in real time to a host computer. Internal batteries make LoadSense's operation completely autonomous. As such it can be deployed with minimal disruption to operations, and will automatically begin transmitting data. No special training is required to install or operate the unit. Multi channel operation is standard.

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TorqSense Gives Pumps A Testing Time At Watson Marlow


Having for many years used one of Sensor Technology's novel TorqSense non-contact torque sensors as an aid to product development, Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, the world's leading specialist in peristaltic pumping, has now chosen another of these versatile and dependable sensors for production-line testing of its most critical products.


The TorqSense sensor was selected for this demanding application because of its ease of use and because of the reliability and accuracy that has been consistently demonstrated by the similar unit in use in the development department.

Widely accepted as the world's fastest growing pump type, peristaltic pumps such as those manufactured by Watson-Marlow have no valves, seals or glands to wear, leak or replace. The fluid contacts only the bore of the hose or tube, thus eliminating the risk of the pump contaminating the fluid, or the fluid contaminating the pump.

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Sensor Technology offers a range of services including:

  • Calibration: Sensor Technology has its own calibration facility capable of calibrating torque transducers up to 13,000Nm with weights calibrated against primary National Standards. We recommend that your equipment is returned on a yearly basis to ensure accuracy and maintain the lifetime warranty

  • Service/Repair: Sensor Technology can also service and repair any of its equipment. All equipment received will be assessed. Should the equipment be found to be faulty, we will notify you of the issue(s) and produce a repair quotation. Repair work will not be carried out without your authorization to do so

  • Our Unique Rental Service is ideal for short-term projects or longer-term rentals. Please see our website for more information

  • Engineering Support: We have a wide range of experience, gained over many years, therefore our engineering support is able to provide excellent technical support on all our products, variations to our standard products, OEM applications and assistance to our customers in solving their engineering problems. Please contact Sensor Technology directly should you require this service

If you would like more information on Sensor Technology, Ltd. products telephone +44 (0)1869 238400 or visit our website


Alternatively, if you have an application please complete an online questionnaire


Sensor Technology would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !

Mark Ingham
Sensor Technology Ltd.
Apollo Park, Ironstone Lane,
Wroxton, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 6AY
Tel: +44 (0)1869 238400, fax: +44 (0)1869 238401
E-mail: info@sensors.co.uk
Web: www.sensors.co.uk



CENICS' 2013



Bullet US Sensor Industry Forecasts for 2016 & 2021



US sales of sensors are forecast to climb at a 6.1 percent annual rate through 2016 to $14.9 billion, showing significant improvement over market performance between 2006 and 2011. Demand will be fueled by rebounds in motor vehicle and machinery production, government mandates requiring all new light vehicles to be equipped with electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring systems, and growth in process manufacturers’ shipments. Further development of and new applications for technologies like microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), optoelectronics, and photoelectronics will also help bolster sensor sales. However, the maturity of many sensor markets and improved fabrication techniques that have led to increased sensing abilities at lower costs will temper value gains. In addition, the manufacture of many sensor-laden products, such as consumer electronic devices, has moved overseas, which will further limit market advances.



Chemical property sensors among fastest growing


Process variable sensors will remain the largest product category in dollar terms in 2016, while chemical property sensors and proximity and positioning sensors will post the fastest growth. Chemical sensor sales will be boosted by technological advances that have resulted in smaller, more precise sensors at lower costs, allowing them to be used for additional applications in existing markets, as well as in a number of new markets. The rebound in motor vehicle production, and an expected increase in aftermarket demand for engine oxygen sensors, will provide growth opportunities for chemical sensors used in vehicle emission systems. Proximity and positioning sensor demand will be spurred by output gains for motor vehicles, where these devices are important components in active safety systems like electronic stability control. The renewed strength in shipments of machinery, another important market for proximity and positioning sensors, will also support sales gains.



Motor vehicles to reclaim position as largest market


In 2011, industrial applications overtook motor vehicles to become the largest major sensor market due to still low levels of motor vehicle production compared to earlier peaks. However, thanks to a continuing rebound in motor vehicle output and new, sensor-heavy systems -- including cylinder deactivation, direct fuel injection, electronic stability control, roll-over protection, tire pressure monitoring, and variable-valve timing systems -- motor vehicles will once again become the leading sensor market, accounting for over half of all dollar gains between 2011 and 2016.



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