Intelligent sensors for our digital world

The Lufft-CEO Klaus Hirzel wrote in his latest blog entry about medium sized companies, the globalisation and business growth in the field of measurement technology. Enjoy reading…

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Innovation and tradition

Globalization in conjunction with the Internet creates excellent opportunities for the organic growth of small, innovative and dynamic businesses.

Before a quarter century we were a heavyweight with mechanical sensors and output signals like “electricity and voltage” on the market, now cutting-edge technologies in sensor development dominate the global thinking.

Miniaturization, freedom from drift and reliability under extreme conditions are the most important requirements, high accuracy is what our customers expect anyway. And of course intelligent interfaces are necessary for easy integration in industrial processes and complex environmental applications.

In recent years our engineers have developed new sensor technologies for our applications that amaze us again and again:

  • Radar sensor for the measurement of very fine layers of water/dew on highways and airplane runways
  • Peltier elements for accurate measurement of freezing point in winter conditions with the use of de-icing agents
  • Radar method for detecting precipitation events by varying the speed of each individual raindrop is measured
  • Ultrasonic transit time measurements for wind direction and speed measurement with no moving (wear) parts
  • Spectroscopic (non-contact) measurement of conditions and temperatures on roadways
  • Microwave technology for the detection of moisture conditions in materials (e.g. in walls).

And yet we still lack something to completion. So far we had no laser sensors available for our applications in environmental measurement technology in our construction kit.

This strategic gap, we were able to close by the fact that we make the appropriate environmental instruments of Jenoptik to Lufft products and out of it a consistent family portfolio. Our lasers “shooting” upwards (cloud height), downwards (snow depth) and certainly soon also in other directions.

Please read our press release for more details.

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