Programme & Timings

Engineering Symposium

  • Train gauge loadcells - The basics of use...

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    Whether you are measuring load, weight or force you will be using a loadcell. It may be a foil or silicon strain gauge, aluminium, steel or exotic material, sealed or not, to name but a few design features. But do not forget the fundamentals – otherwise, the data will be worthless! Join John Tyrrell of TTS Systems Ltd as he discusses loadcells and the importance of their application within the industry.

  • Accelerometers, the truth and more...

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    An understanding of how a sensor works is critical to its correct selection and use. Jim Flanagan of Centrateq Ltd will give a fundamental overview of how a piezoelectric accelerometer operates and the key factors to ensure the correct use and data accuracy, remembering that a vibration environment is damaging and dynamic.

  • Automation in environmental testing

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    Several challenges are hitting the test lab. For one, many test labs have a hard time to attract new people, test technicians and test engineers. Even, when new people can be hired, it takes 1 to 5 years before they can work completely independently and autonomously.

    At the same time the test requirements are getting more and more complicated. A good example is the group of the test for the automotive batteries.

    One way to handle the challenges is to automate the lab. This happens already at the logistic level. Companies install database solutions to handle the whole process from the first customer contact up to the planning of the test, reporting and invoicing after the test has been finished.

    The underlying level is the automation of the test itself: to synchronise the vibration test with climatic test, to control the DUT, to monitor the DUT and to synchronise other measurement systems during the test.

    Join Ben Haest of Quality Electronics Design S.A to address the challenges facing the test lab and find out how automation could e the solution – based on the GUS Standard Interface.

Innovation In Action

  • Data acquisition and measurement uncertainty with KiDAQ and KiXact

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    KiDAQ is an innovative, modular data acquisition system from Kistler Instruments with which you can create your test set-up, perform measurements and achieve accurate test results, quickly and easily. Kistler’s expertise covers the entire measuring chain, from the sensor, to signal conditioning and on to the software. The KiDAQ data acquisition system can be expanded at any time with different measurement modules.

    A key advantage of the new KiDAQ data acquisition system is our KiXact technology which automatically calculates the measurement uncertainty. Kistler’s vast application expertise ensures that reliable results are now possible with this technology. KiXact eliminates the need for manual calculation and helps to significantly reduce the uncertainty components in your measurement chain.

  • Introducing Devtank’s HILTOP (Hardware In-the-loop Test Operating Platform)

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    Following several successful pilot roll-outs, Devtank is pleased to announce the launch of a new open source modular test product called HILTOP (Hardware In-the-loop Test Operating Platform). The platform contains an integral motherboard/controller adopting a flexible split architecture with 64bit ARM processor and parallel FPGA hardware acceleration if required.

    This comprehensive flexible platform allows test, measurement and control solutions to be realised using numerous built in multi-channel interfaces such as USB2.0, LVDS, CAN-FD and RS485. It can be easily expanded to add new interfaces and capability using the Open-VTI backplane and Eurocard expansion format.

    Automated testing gives faster and more accurate measurements through optimised hardware and software integration to provide both electrical and functional test coverage of the device under test (DUT).

  • Vibration tests using a shaker with portable acquisition equipment, PCB Piezotronics

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    The shaker is used to input vibration to a product or structure. Data from accelerometers and force sensors can be collected and analysed post-test. Marco Peres will demonstrate how PCB’s latest USB signal conditioner can be used to collect data on a smart phone or tablet for an easy to use, portable test solution.

Enterprise Hub

  • Sensor City – Inside a Global Innovation Hub

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    Daniel Watson provides an introduction to Sensor City. Topics covered in his seminar will include:

    - Sensor City’s in-house laboratory facilities and technical expertise
    - Case study examples of sensor and IoT lab projects
    - Future plans and technology developments
    - Collaborative opportunities

  • Innovation for a safer future; the Defence and Security Accelerator

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    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity.

    Andrew Peaty will describe how innovators can work with DASA and what they are looking for in applications for funding. He will also present the current competitions being run by DASA and give an overview of the likely future calls.

  • An introduction to apprenticeship and technician qualifications

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    Dan Canty, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (the IET), will be providing an introduction to apprenticeship and technician qualifications. He will give details of where to access information and support about the qualifications. Canty will also be outlining how the IET supports engineering apprentices, providers and employers.

  • Discover how quantum theory is driving the development of more accurate, faster and portable technologies

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    Julian Moore, University of Birmingham’s Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM), will be explaining how quantum theory is driving the development of more accurate, faster and portable technologies.

    CIAMM offers pre-funded assistance to help SMEs solve quality-related challenges through advanced inspection and measurement, enabling them to realise their new product aspirations. It delivers support by providing access to specialist expertise, world-class facilities and a wide network of collaborative partners.

  • Five reasons why your organisation should digitise its supply chain management

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    Supply chain management can be one of the most complex business challenges – dealing with multiple suppliers, contracts and approval processes, all of which are potentially vital to your success. This session will take a look at why organisations are looking to move their supply chain management beyond basic compliance to digitised best practice that offers greater efficiency, improved supplier performance and tangible returns on investment.

Engineering Symposium

  • Power challenges for the wireless sensor

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    Join Dr James Flint, senior lecturer in Wireless Systems Engineering, for a presentation and associated case study on the challenges of powering wireless sensors and how energy harvesting can be used.

    Topics covered will include:
    – What is a wireless sensor?
    – The radio spectrum and power transmission.
    – Data processing and transmission strategy
    – Energy generation and storage
    – Case study: SlopeAlarms Lite

  • Excitation methods for experimental modal analysis: shakers and hammers

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    Marco Peres Msc will deliver a presentation on excitation techniques for experimental modal analysis that typically use hammers and (one or more) electrodynamic shakers for controlled force input, showcasing application examples and discussing the force and acceleration transducers used during testing.

Innovation In Action

  • Empowering Industry 4.0 by adding connectivity to sensors with the new Metron4

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    Connecting assets to the cloud is now essential to remain competitive. In this session, Powelectrics’ Jennifer Mortiboy will introduce Powelectrics’ Metron4 IoT telemetry device!

    With innovative hardware, four analogue inputs, expansion cards for pulse counting, options for RS232, RS485 and CANBUS, Metron4 makes remote monitoring simple. Compatible with thousands of sensors, Metron4 gets sensor data reliably and affordably into the cloud via4G (2G backup).
    The device has a compact IP67 enclosure, with solar, battery and external power options and operational temperatures -25 to +65°C. Metron4 is ideal in a vast range of global environments and applications.
    In conjunction with Powelectrics’ MetronView cloud, this Industry 4.0 device helps customers improve margin, achieve competitive advantage and develop new revenue streams.
    Monitor. Control. Maintain. Alert.

  • Nprime’s bespoke sensor solutions

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    Nprime was recently contracted by a mining company to create a bespoke sensor solution to better understand and validate tool pick loads as the tooth impacts with the rock face on a hard rock mining tool. This measurement included shear loads across the tooth and also the impact load as it interacts with the rock face. The challenges of this project were the limited space, speed of acquisition system, powering the system. In this presentation, Nprime will explain the obstacles that were encountered and the various approaches that were trailed before a final successful solution was created. This measurement solution is widely used in the mining industry to better understand the loads involved at the rock face of mining tools.

  • AquaConnex - Multi Sensor Monitoring Systems

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    Evolution II - Designed and manufactured in the UK by AquaConnex is being showcased at the Sensor & instrumentation Live Expo 2019. The presentation will take the form of a brief description reviewing the basic elements of the system, the manner in which its intelligent sensor interfaces control data and alarm limits, future system developments and data handling Following the initial introduction, a description of the Evolution II (Aqua) system will be given, a multi sensor system monitoring water quality in real time. This variant being Ideal for the aquaculture industry, including fish breeders / keepers. The system is currently capable of monitoring pH, ORP, Conductivity, DO, Water Temperature, Air Temperature, Water Flow, Water Depth & Electrical power. The presentation will end with a Q&A session relating to Evolution II (Aqua) - Water Quality and Evolution II (Metrics) - Bespoke monitoring systems for process control and many other related industries.

Enterprise Hub

  • ‘Making It Happen’ – A view from UK manufacturing and the challenges and choices that lie ahead

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    Charlotte Horobin will provide an overview of Make UK’s research into how the sector is faring in these challenging times and will explore some of the key hurdles that need to be capitalised on, turning them into opportunities such as skills, productivity and export.

  • Enhancing the impact of research through business engagement

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    The vision of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is to make the UK recognised as the place where the most creative researchers can deliver world-leading engineering and physical sciences research by working within the UK academic research ecosystem and the R&D base within business. EPSRC supports novel underpinning research in sensors and instrumentation that advances a number of application areas, including aerospace, healthcare, energy, robotics, manufacturing, and infrastructure. Andy Lawrence will highlight the breadth of the research portfolio and highlight any future opportunities that could help to support both new emerging markets and established industries within EPSRC’s strategy for business engagement.

  • Sensors in the IIoT and the Smart Factory

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    Joe Lomako, TÜV SÜD, will provide an overview of how sensor technology has, and continues to, change industry, in particular the connected factory. Lomako’s seminar will cover the benefits, but also the challenges including cybersecurity.

  • Industry 4.0 – What, Why, How?

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    Scott Pepper, GAMBICA, will be focusing on trying to make sense of the hype around industry 4.0 and what it means for SMEs. Plus Pepper will take a quick look at where to turn to for support in employing industry 4.0 technologies.