Whether you are designing a new piece of equipment for an assembly line or the latest life-saving medical gadget, there are a variety of sensors to choose from that will improve your product. Sensors have become critical in almost every modern-day industry.
Temperature gauges, accelerators, load sensors, etc., can all be incorporated into a design concept. At DE Design Works, our team of experienced engineers is ready to help integrate the latest sensing technology into your product.
Why Have Sensors?
Sensors are used for a variety of functions, many of which can greatly improve your product. First of all, sensors can be integrated to perform a service that increases performance and functionality. For example, the infrared sensor on your garage door prevents it from closing if something is in the way. This improves safety and prevents property damage.
Sensors can also be used to collect data in order to learn about a product’s performance or its surrounding environment. These functions allow manufacturers to better understand their product’s efficiency, and what factors may affect it, while it is in use.
Once the sensors have collected the desired information, it can be uploaded to a cloud or an app to be utilized for a variety of functions. Users can receive a plethora of valuable information that tells them how their product needs to be serviced. For example, how many hours the product has been operational.
*Additionally, support or calibration updates based on those hours can be automatically sent to ensure the machine is properly maintained.*
Keeping Products & Industries Working Efficiently
When developing a sensor package for a machine, there are many factors to consider.
First and foremost, the correct data needs to be transferred to a preferred device, like a smartphone or tablet, via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mesh, or Ethernet. Once the destination and form of connection is determined, the sensor data is at the user’s fingertips.
DE Design will help you create a dashboard, -build a custom software suite-, and develop the UI in a way that is easy to understand and use. We can even set up a sensor that will alert the operator when something is wrong with the equipment.
Also, there is typically a temperature limit on *the design of products.* Let’s say that you have a piece of equipment that cannot operate above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. We can add a temperature sensor that can determine if you’re exceeding safe limits, so you can respond in time to prevent damage.
A great real-world application of multifaceted sensor systems can be found in the agricultural industry. From automated pH sensors that take soil readings to equipment that monitors moisture and sunlight, sensor technology is helping farmers maximize crop yields by gathering more data than has ever been possible. If something goes wrong, like a pH imbalance in the soil, farmers can respond immediately to minimize their losses.
By incorporating various sensors into your product design, you can ensure that your product provides useful information to both the user and the support team.