sensor and measurement science international 2021

and Measurement Science International (SMSI) 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held digitally, in parallel with the SENSOR+TEST 2021 trade fair from 3 o 6 May 2021. The official SMSI 2021 program is now available online. SMSI 2021 networks national and international representatives from research, science and industry. Current research results from the fields of sensor technology, measurement technology and metrology will be presented. Topics include: Innovative hydrogen sensors for fuel cell vehicles, novel approaches to modeling thermal-electrical behavior of pyroelectric infrared sensors, the development of non-invasive pressure sensors, and the evaluation of ceramic high-temperature sensor housings. In addition to many technical presentations, SMSI 2021 invites all


participants to attend international plenary lectures. Among them, for example, NIST on a Chip: Disseminating the SI through Quantum Sensors. Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt reports on the revised SI for Innovation, Science and the Second Quantum Revolution, and the University of California on Invariance of Measured Quantities across the Science.

tektronix and sj electronics kit out coventry university lab

enjoy a newly-built state-of the art Electrical and Electronic Engineering laboratory upon their return to campus, featuring 53 fully-equipped workstations provided by Tektronix and SJ Electronics. The companies have provided 53 seated workstations,


across three laboratories, which will enable first and second year students to perform an extensive range of practical electronics and physics experiments. Each workstation includes Tektronix TekScope PC Analysis software, a TBS2074B oscilloscope, an AFG1022 Arbitrary/ Function Generator, and a Keithley 2110 digital multimeter. Nik Tsanov, Coventry University, said: “The exciting range of

software and equipment Tektronix, Keithley and SJ Electronics have provided us with represents our commitment to developing truly excellent teaching and learning spaces for our students and staff to take advantage of. “I have no doubt that collaborating with Tektronix to kit out

our facilities with such high-quality equipment will help us take the faculty’s offering to a whole new level.” 6

oventry University students will be able to

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industrial manufacturers who have made investments in connectivity technologies (“high maturity”) are better positioned to drive innovation and gain a competitive advantage compared to firms that have been slower to implement connectivity (“low maturity”) across the factory floor. The study, based on a survey of more than 300 manufacturing, operations,


and connectivity executives across the globe, found that 85 per cent of high maturity firms are currently using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies across much of the factory floor, compared to 17 per cent of low maturity organisations. Over half of low maturity organisations report that their legacy equipment is unable to communicate with other assets. “This past year was a true catalyst for digital transformation and many

businesses needed to navigate and adopt connectivity strategies that helped them to become more agile and lay the groundwork for future innovation,” said Martin Cotter, SVP Industrial, Consumer & Multi-Markets at Analog Devices. “We see significant opportunity in the adoption of connectivity solutions, including 5G, to help organisations get data more quickly, enabling end applications.” Findings from the research include:

Connected firms believe that improving network reliability (including adding 5G networks) will create significant opportunity: 68 per cent of high maturity firms say this will enable them to make better use of existing cloud infrastructure and 66 per cent believe their industrial data and IP will be more secure. Conversely, only 21 per cent of low maturity firms believe that improving network reliability will help improve security. However, all respondents agree that improving network reliability will improve efficiency by freeing up employees who are constantly resolving downtime issues.

Low maturity firms struggle with security risk: 54 per cent say that their lack of sophisticated cybersecurity strategy puts their business, customer, and employee safety at risk.

The human element continues to pose challenges: Almost half of low maturity firms say they lack the expertise to understand which connectivity technologies to invest in, indicating a skills gap. Even high maturity firms report that it is not easy for them to access the insights they need to make labour planning and safety decisions.

Real-time monitoring of equipment and productivity demonstrates an acute awareness of the high cost of unscheduled downtime: High (five per cent) and medium (17 per cent) maturity firms reported much lower occurrence of unscheduled downtime of their industrial technology or equipment each week than low maturity companies (53 per cent). These interruptions lead to higher cost of holding inventory and labour per unit, loss of production and customer confidence and decreased work capacity.

This research shows us that while many firms are benefiting from the promise of industrial connectivity, others have significant legacy and talent-related hurdles to overcome. Both a shortage of in-house expertise and interoperability of systems and data are two major hindrances to manufacturing modernisation. April 2021 Instrumentation Monthly

real-time data from connected factory is key to driving innovation

nalog Devices has announced a newly commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Analog Devices, that shows that

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