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Vol. 102, No. 3, March 2009





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1. Smart Sensor Systems: Book Review

    IFSA, pp.I-II

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


2. Design of a Smart and High Precision Industrial Temperature Measurement and Monitoring System
    Using K-type Thermocouple and SPI-compatible Temperature Sensor

    Utpal Sarma, Digbijoy Chakraborty, P. K. Boruah, pp.1-9

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


3. IEEE 1451.0-2007 Compatible Smart Sensor Readout with Error Compensation Using FPGA

    J. Kamala and B. Umamaheswari, pp.10-21

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


4. Predicting the Deflections of Micromachined Electrostatic Actuators Using Artificial Neural Network (ANN)

    Hing Wah Lee, Mohd. Ismahadi Syono and Ishak Hj. Abd. Azid, pp.22-32

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


5. Conception and Development of a Portable Electronic Nose System for Classification of Raw Milk
    Using Principal Component Analysis Approach

    Hing Wah Lee, Mohd. Ismahadi Syono and Ishak Hj. Abd. Azid, pp.33-44

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


6. Viscosity Measurement Using Microcontroller to Study the Thermal Degradation of Edible Oil

    Neelameagam Periyasamy, Rubalya Valantina Sathianathan and Murugananthan Krishnamoorthy, pp.45-50

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


7. Problems of Terminology in the Field of Measuring Instruments with Elements of Artificial Intelligence

    Roald Taymanov, Ksenia Sapozhnikova, pp.51-61

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


8. Microcontroller Based Closed Loop PMDC Motor Position Control System

    Subrata Chattopadhyay, Utpal Chakraborty, Arindam Bhakta and Sagarika Pal, pp. 62-70

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


9. Discrete Time Sliding Mode Control Using Fast Output Sampling Feedback for Piezoelectric Actuated Structures

    L. R. Karl Marx, M. Umapathy, A. Girija, D. Ezhilarasi, pp.71-83

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


10.A Particle Swarm Optimization of Natural Ventilation Parameters in a Greenhouse with Continuous Roof Vents

     Abdelhafid Hasni, Belkacem Draoui, Thierry Boulard, Rachid Taibi and Brahim Dennai, pp.84-93

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


11.Experimental and Computational Study of Two-phase (AirPalm Oil) Flow through Pipe and Control Valve in Series

     Arivazhagan M., Pugalenthi, Krishna Karthik K., Rani Hemamalini, Sundaram S., pp.94-104

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12.The Effect on Pressure Drop across Control Valve for Two Phase Flow (Air-Water)

     Arivazhagan M, Krishna Karthik K, Sundaram S., pp.105-114

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13.RBIC-Lite a Family of Signal Conditioning ICs of ZMD

     Krauss Gudrun, Krauss Mathias, pp.115-120

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]





Special Issue on Robotic and Sensors Environments, Vol. 5, March 2009


Selected papers from the 6th IEEE International Workshop on Robotic and Sensors Environments (ROSE 2008),

17-18 October 2008, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Edited by Dr. Pierre Payeur and Dr. Emil Petriu





Universal Sensor Mounting System


Thorpe Products produces a Universal Sensor Mounting System which provides a support system to accommodate a secure and widely adjustable fixing for a range of round sensors diameters (Proximity/Capacity/Photoelectric): 4; 5; 8; 12; 14; 18; and 30mm. Made from nylon 66 and zinc plated fixings this universal round sensor support system is supplied as a complete kit of parts, including fixing screws, to suit all above sizes ...


Neil Bason

Managing Director

Thorpe Products Ltd.

Tel.: +44 1480 411546 direct

Fax: +44 (0)7515 341737

E-mail: neil@thorpe-products.com


Universal Sensor Mounting System


Load Cell Sensors, Now a Better-Than-Ever Value


Depew, New York, USA March 9, 2009 PCB Piezotronics, Inc., has aggressively lowered the price of their high-quality low profile and rod end style load cell sensors and at the same time improved their stock program designed to provide customers immediate delivery, thus creating the best overall value for customers. Market- and performance-proven, PCB Series 1200 Low Profile, Series 1400 Fatigue-Rated Low Profile, and Series 1300 Rod End Load Cells are rugged sensors utilized in the automotive, aerospace, industrial, and commercial product industries. PCB Series 1400 Fatigue-Rated Low Profile Load Cells are manufactured using premium heat-treated, fatigue-resistant steels and are ideal for system or component durability testing, performance evaluations, or structural testing. PCB Series 1200 and 1300 general purpose load cells are suitable for a wide range of tension and compression measurement applications including component testing, quality control and material testing. Whether the application requires the enhanced durability of the Series 1400 or the versatility of the Series 1200 and 1300, a load cell from PCB is the best option ...


Jennifer Beal

Marketing Coordinator

PCB Piezotronics, Inc.

3425 Walden Avenue

Depew, NY 14043-2495, USA

Toll-free: 800-828-8840

Tel.: 716-684-0001

Fax: 716-684-0987

E-mail: prospects@pcb.com

Load Cells sensors



Hall-Effect Magnetic Position Sensors Provides Sensitivity in a Miniature Package


MINNEAPOLIS, March 9, 2009 - Honeywell has introduced its SS361RT and SS461R Bipolar Latch, Hall-Effect Magnetic Position Sensors, giving customers the opportunity to help reduce manufacturing costs. The SS361RT and SS461R sensors' enhanced sensitivity enables the use of less expensive magnets in some applications. The SS361RT sensor's very small footprint takes up less space on the printed circuit board, typically allowing for a reduction in costs. Additionally, the SS361RT sensor is supplied on tape and reel, allowing for automated, high-volume, lower-cost pick-and-place assembly ...


Robyn Seykora

Honeywell Sensing and Control

1985 Douglas Drive Golden Valley,

MN 55432 USA

Tel.: (763) 954-5378

E-mail: robyn.seykora@honeywell.com


Hall-Effect Magnetic Position Sensors



 New Frequency Tailored ICP Piezoelectric Pressure Sensors


Depew, New York, USA, March 9, 2009 PCB Aerospace & Defense a division of PCB Piezotronics, Inc., announces a new frequency tailored ICP and charge output piezoelectric pressure sensors, Series 113B and 102B. The new quartz dynamic pressure sensors have an extremely fast 1 micro-second response time, with resonant frequencies above 500 kHz.  Frequency tailoring, a combination of mass balancing and microelectronics, provides a fast response to shock waves without the high ringing amplitudes experienced with general purpose piezoelectric sensors or resistive silicon semiconductor sensing technologies ...


Jennifer Beal

Marketing Coordinator

PCB Piezotronics, Inc.

3425 Walden Avenue

Depew, NY 14043-2495, USA

Tel.: 716-684-0001, fax: 716-684-0987

E-mail: prospects@pcb.com

Pressure sensors



Non-wearing Angle Sensors: From Contactless to Non-contact


Towcester, UK - As the exclusive UK distributor for Contelec, Variohm Eurosensor presents the following technical note on optical encoders and magnetic rotary sensors. A common feature of contactless sensors for angle measurement is that the rotating shaft is mounted on bearings in the sensor body and, consequently, is subject to a certain degree of wear. Non-contact rotary sensors eliminate this weakness completely. Although the contactless rotary sensors are based on a non-contact measurement method, they are not the same as non-contact sensors. On contactless sensors, there is no direct contact between the magnets located on the rotating axis and the actual measurement system, for which reason this can be referred to as a contactless, non-wearing measurement method. This is in contrast to potentiometers, the wipers of which are in physical contact with the conductive coating (e.g. conductive plastic) and, at best, can be termed low-wear...


Variohm Eurosensor Limited

Williams' Barn Tiffield Road

Towcester, Northants

NN12 6HP, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1327 351004

E-mail: graham@variohm.com

Angle sensor



Non-contact Displacement Sensor Combines Multiple High-gain Output with Easy Calibration and Synchronization


MIDDLETOWN, CT Kamans KD-2306 is a non-contact linear displacement measuring instrument based on proven balanced bridge eddy current technology. The KD-2306 is easy to use, makes high precision static and dynamic measurements, and supports ambient, moderate temperature, and cryogenic rated sensors. Applications range from lab work to production and process automation. The DIN rail mount packaging makes the system ideal for integration into OEM equipment and industrial control applications. The KD-2306 can sense both ferrous and non-ferrous metal targets. The RoHS-compliant, CE-marked system includes the electronics, sensor and interconnecting cable. Standard sensing ranges are from 0.02 to 2.4, with 0.01%FS resolution or better, and non-linearity as little as 0.25 %FS. Over 30 sensors models are available including single and dual coil, shielded and unshielded designs ...


Dan Spohn

Kaman Aerospace Corp.

Kaman Precision Products / Measuring

Tel.: 719/635-6957

Fax: 719/634-8093

E-mail: dan.spohn@kaman.com


KD-2306 displacement measuring instrument



Multi-function Power Monitor


Sensing and instrumentation specialist Vydas International Marketing are pleased to announce the latest addition to their range of multifunction power monitors for the measurement of system electrical parameters in energy management markets. The NEMO 96 HD provides a very cost effective solution which will satisfy many customer energy metering requirements. Instruments are microprocessor based, programmable, networkable and features include plug in output modules for complete application flexibility. The Nemo 96 HD manufactured by IME, is housed in a flush mounting enclosure of DIN size 96 x 96mm, and will measure and display single and three phase voltage, current, power (kw, kVA, kVar), frequency, power factor and energy (kWh, kVarh), maximum demand (kW), peak demand and much more ...


Cliff Wyatt


Swan House Passfield Business Centre

Lynchborough Road Passfield Hants,

GU30 7SB, UK

Tel.: 44 (0)1428 751822

E-mail: cliff@vydas.co.uk

Multi-function Power Monitor



Low-Frequency Accelerometer Calibration Workstation


CINCINNATI, OH  - THE MODAL SHOP, INC. announces the release of a new, patent pending technology that greatly improves low frequency accelerometer calibration. The technique is capable of performing high quality measurements with very low uncertainties while maintaining good throughput and low cost. The methodology uses an optical encoder pick-up as the dynamic measurement reference instead of a traditional piggyback reference accelerometer. Since the optical encoder measures displacement, limitations due to shaker stroke length are nearly eliminated, with the practical limitation for a quality calibration measurement at ultra-low frequency being the resolution of the sensor-under-test itself ...


Richard W. Bono

Tel.: (800) 860-4867

Fax (513) 458-2172

E-mail: info@modalshop.com



New Orifice Flowmeter Can Cut Installation Costs by 50 %


March 16, 2009 - ABB Instrumentation has cut the cost of installing orifice-plate flowmeters by up to half with the launch of its OriMaster compact orifice DP flowmeter. The latest in ABBs new FlowMaster range, the OriMaster is a one-piece flowmeter that comes fully factory configured and pressure tested, solving many of the problems associated with sizing, selection, installation and operation of conventional orifice plate installations. Suitable for clean liquids, gases and steam applications in line sizes from 1 to 8 inches (DN25 to DN200) and at pressures up to 1450 psi (100 bar), the OriMaster combines all the major components needed for an orifice plate installation in one assembly. This eliminates the need for users to source and install a separate manifold, transmitter and impulse piping, typically cutting the cost of installation and commissioning by up to 50% ...


Rob Mapleston

ABB Instrumentation

Tel: 1-215-674-6580 or 1-800-829-6001

E-mail: robert.mapleston@us.abb.com






CANopen Additional Functions


Nuremberg, 2009-03-10. CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 302 specification series of CANopen additional functions. This set of specifications comprises descriptions of CANopen manager including Flying NMT (network management) master, SDO (service data object) manager, configuration manager, bus-line redundancy, and CANopen-to-CANopen gateways. The CiA 302 series version 4.1 substitutes the CiA 302 version 3.3 published 2003. Part 1 contains some general definitions. Part 2 defines in detail the NMT boot-up procedure and the flying NMT master concept. Flying NMT masters are required in mission- or safety-critical network applications, where single failure should not lead to a complete network shutdown. In case that the NMT master device fails, another NMT master capable device takes over. If the original NMT master device recovers from the failure situation, the actual redundant NMT master device gives the NMT master functions back to the original one. Part 3 of CiA 302 specifies the program download and configuration manager. These additional functions are used in decentralized control systems, where one entity the CANopen manager device configures all devices after power-on ...


Holger Zeltwanger

CAN in Automation (CiA) GmbH

Kontumazgarten 3

DE-90429 Nuremberg

Tel.: +49-911-928819-0, fax: +49-911-928819-79

E-mail: headquarters@can-cia.org




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and Information Processing

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MEMS & NEMS: Devices
and Systems

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Modern Sensing

Vol.90, April 2008

Microsystems: Technology
and Applications
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Robotic and Sensors

Vol.5, March 2009





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