Manufacturer Description Page
A large part of this class revolves around taking previously obtained information of former students and adding to it. The 2007 class started this list of manufacturers they contacted, some with success, and some without. Our aim this year is to flesh out what these companies offer, activate links to their information, and provide more information we can use in the future to find the sensors we need on a given project.
Assignment: Your assignment is to make personal contact (phone or email) with at least 1 sensor/electronics/materials manufacturer, requesting materials or demonstration unit(s) regarding a particular sensor you think might be interesting. Here's an example letter you can use as a starting point. Please edit as appropriate, and describe any potential uses you might have for the technology in question. Be polite, courteous and thank everyone for their time. Be sure to copy me on the note.
There are a multitude of sensor technologies that, without a polite contact, we’d never get to use. Sourcing of a part or technology from the manufacturer or distributor is a huge part of sensor specification and selection. This often includes requesting or negotiating documentation, free samples, demonstration units (often needing to be returned to the manufacturer) or product demos by company sponsors and salesmen.
Benevolence to students can benefit sensor electronics companies in a good number of ways. The most important of these is that students move into industry and will have a tendency to use more of a given company's products if they recall a positive interaction during their studies (there are studies within various engineering fields that have categorically proven this relationship). Also, students often publish/publicize their research that results from use of sensor technologies, dropping names along the way, providing residual publicity for the manufacturers. Finally, there are often waste testing materials, that otherwise need to be disposed of, that representatives and engineers are happy to donate.
You'll be surprised at how often you'll get a positive response, as any intelligent applications engineer is going to be personally interested in what you’re up to, and how they might help. In return, it's incumbent upon you not to abuse the favor by requesting too many samples, forgetting to thank your source, or failing to report any results.
Once you’ve contact a given manufacturer, please indicate that you’ve done so on the Wiki to avoid repeat inquiries being sent. Do not repeatedly inquire to the same email address, if you don’t get a response, they’re likely not interested in your inquiry. As long as you add notes on your experience with a company, you’ve completed the assignment.
If there are good noted here already, move on to another manufactuerer. Don't repeatedly inquire to the same email address, even if you don't get a reply. If you don't get a response, they're likely not interested. Simply post "No response" and the date here. Do not post anyone's full email addresses here; use links to their contact page instead. If you're given permission to use a representative's name, then list it, but ask first. Feel free to include any notes you have from your communications with the company below.
There are bunch of sites linked. LVDTS, Banner Engineering Sensors, Photoelectric sensors, Capacitive and Utrasonic sensors, forcing sensors. Omega Dissoved Oxygen Sensors, etc. seungran?
micro-epsilon.de (German) :: http://www.me-us.com/ (English)
techneusa.com jamie - "manufacture of temperature control and essential equipment for the life sciences, research, clinical and general laboratories. " lia
chem-flowtronics.com jamie - "For over fifty years CHEM Flowtronics has been designing and manufacturing specialty pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical process piping components, mixers and process systems." - lia
magnetic switches very helpful agents, customize switches to the buyers' needs.
thermal analysis, dilatometers that measure expansion that comes from temperature variation. thermal analysis machines that determine simultaneous changes in mass and caloric reactions windows software that can be used for data acquisition, evaluation and temperature control. they also manufacture dataloggers that measure temperature, temperature/humidity, current, voltage, etc. They are used in the following industries: transportation, environmental, pharmaceutical, scientific and educational. they make chart recorders for the same purposes as above, in both paperless and line strip modes.
they sell membrane switches, touch screens, silicon rubber keypads, controllers and El Lighting. They claim to be interface designers. they make different touch screens for diverse applications. their capacitive ones are advertised as ideal for public access since they resist wet and dirty environments. touch view plus is an interesting product, it has several layers, a graphic overlay, embossed keys, a shield, a dynamic pad, and a circuit layer. they also make keypads that integrate to printed circuit boards. They claim this respond better than plastic keypads and they seal much better too.
-- 02/07/12 Wrote them an email for samples, they did not reply. - Lia
they make thin film to cover circuits by coating them with film. they also manufacture circuits themselves. other services are available to coat lasers and windows with different metals or other substances
balluff.com - One of Baluff's representatives at responded about possibly coming in and speaking to the class. jamie
meas-spec.com - Scott Brown at Measurement Specialties has sent the class a few samples and documents! jamie
howlandpump.com jamie - Manufacturer and distributor for plumbing/ heating supplies - lia
farnellinone.com - An electronic parts company based in England that has distribution centers throughout the globe Roy
hokuyo-aut.jp/index.htm - I did three with the same letter to see who would reply. All laser sensors. justin
seabird.com bp432 - All are Seismographs and Tsunami Pressure Sensors manufacturers
cypress.com Daniel - image and optical sensors
tactex.com chris - Canadian touch sensor company
scitec.uk.com chris - English company that makes optical and resonant modulator sensors
asm-sensor.com So Young - position sensors
tigerex.com.tw Youjeong? - PC game- force feedback joystick game pad, storage, motion sensor game pads, accessories. (2) iMac& G3- joystick, game pad, iMouse. (3) TV game- nintendo, game boy, playstation, SEGA dreamcast 128. (4) USB ( universal serial bus) device.
ceramtec.com sarah - Maker of Piezoelectric sensors
qprox.com sarah - Maker of touch/near-proximity sensors
vaisala.com So Young - Wind speed and direction sensors
electrotap.com rucyl - Software and hardware for innovative music, media, and art, I inquired about their temperature sensor.
apogeeinstruments.com rucyl - infrared temperature sensor
temperatures.com youn ji? - Radiation thermometor, non-contact temperature sensors that measure temperature from the amount of thermal electromagnetic radiation received from a spot on the object of measurement
mindfield.de younghyun - Open EEG project kit
rentron.com stefanie? - Diverse microcontroller such as PicBasic, Pic, 8051, Basic, and Stamp. Remote control, motor, sensor, RX/TX module, antenna, and program software are also in the site.seungran?
taosinc.com jadie - light/color sensors
AvagoTech.com raphael - optoelectrics, motion sensing and rf
Solico.com raphael - lighting ans switch state control
Hamlin.com raphael - position and movement sensors
pcb.com evrim -piezoelectric sensors (pressure, force, accelerometers)
electrotap.com maria - Gyroscope