Electronic solutions for industry and automation
Innovative electronics and sensor technology for industry made in Germany - our core competence is the combination of development and production of electronic circuits and sensors. As a one-stop store for complex microsystems, we are our customers` reliable partner.
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A for Aerospace to Z for zero limits, electronics is essential for industrial, automated processes
Experience and development success are as much a part of our portfolio as a wide range of technologies and production capacities. Our Application Consults provide targeted and comprehensive advice to develop advanced products for measurement solutions for industrial applications: Electronics and sensors for machines, plants and devices for automation, process control, machine and plant safety, and many more.
Machinery and equipment
Process control, plant control and more
Monitoring and control of machines, plants and processes are central components of industrial production in all industries: Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Energy, Water/Wastewater, Oil, Gas, Plastics, Paper, Food and Beverage. Industrial preparation, processing and manufacturing processes are highly automated. Reliable and highly accurate measurements of temperature, position, pressure, level, flow ,... in harsh, humid and dusty environments, as well as aggressive, corrosive, explosive and other liquids and gases are the fields of application of reliable, precise and cost-efficient electronics.
Metal production and processing
Keeping an eye on high temperatures and process gases during the machining and processing of metallic materials
In the production, processing, transport and storage of metallic materials, sensors ensure efficiency, safety and trouble-free processing. High temperatures, temperature fluctuations and mechanical loads must not affect the functionality of the electronics. Non-contact measurement methods such as remote temperature measurement or laser scanning make it possible to record data and parameters even in hard-to-access and dangerous or sensitive parts and plant locations. We develop the electronics for this.
Controlling complex processes and monitoring volatile or aggressive media
Chemical processes in industry are highly complex and not inconsiderable. Whether in the production of pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, the production and processing of plastics, chemicals, fertilizers or other products, the various physical parameters must be constantly monitored and controlled to ensure safe and efficient production processes. Important norms and high standards apply to the electronics used.
Semiconductor lithography in ultra high vacuum
When developing sensors and electronic modules for use in ultra-high vacuum, particularly high demands are placed on the materials. Ceramic LTCC modules offer almost the only reliable solution for electronics with reliable performance for this special application. The demand for microchips, chips structured in the nanometer range on wafer level, is growing unabated worldwide. Structures of up to 4 µm and less can only be applied by means of high-presence guided exposure.
Measurement and control of distance, displacement and position
Distance sensors in machines and systems monitor machine movements and traverse paths or check measured variables such as geometry, presence, texture and surface. Based on various physical effects such as ultrasonic, magnetic, capacitive, inductive and optical, distance sensors detect the measured quantities and output a corresponding signal proportional to the detected distance. This is one of the fundamentals of automation by and with machines and equipment for industrial manufacturing and processing processes. Depending on the industry, special requirements and conditions apply to electronic components in sensors for use in industry. Manufacturing equipment is often exposed to heat, strong mechanical stress, radiation or vacuum.
Successful application examples of electronics for position sensors in industrial plants
EUV Semiconductor lithography
Semiconductor lithography equipment used to manufacture computer chips exposes semiconductor -micro chips. Due to the miniaturization of computer chips for ever higher performance, extremely small structures (below 7 µm) are deposited on a silicon wafer. This is now done with very short-wave UV light - EUV, i.e. extreme ultraviolet light - which can only be deflected by particularly smooth special mirrors. Ordinary lenses would not be able to focus the UV light properly. The alignment of the mirrors must function with high precision in the nanometer range and places correspondingly high demands on the precision of the position sensors.
As a rule, capacitive sensors are used here, which achieve highly accurate results in a very small measuring range and which cannot be influenced by the strong magnetic fields sometimes used in lithography - inductive sensors cannot be used in these cases. These environmental conditions pose special challenges for the sensor modules. Wafer production takes place in an ultra-high vacuum, which electronics and circuits must be able to withstand in terms of low pressure. These must not outgas and thus introduce harmful substances into the system. The materials used must therefore be selected in accordance with the vacuum requirements. Ceramic circuits based on LTCC offer a reliable solution for the realization of sensor modules and components.
Measurement and monitoring of temperature
Temperature is one of the primary indicators of process stability and safety. The temperature of materials, media and environment during manufacturing processes is often up to 100 % causally responsible for the quality of materials and end products, catalyst and condition as well as for the success of chemical processes and of course relevant for the safety of people and equipment. For monitoring and control of the temperature there are numerous measuring methods. Pyrometers, sensors, infrared thermometers for non-contact temperature measurement are particularly precise and are used for measurements in very high or very low temperature ranges, or in shrill environments or hard-to-reach places.
Advantages of infrared temperature measurement
- Cost and time savings due to fast and non-contact temperature measurement
- No process interruption
- Immediate correction possibility for process reliability
- Real-time process monitoring for quality assurance
Applications for IR temperature sensors include early fire detection, metal, glass, ceramic manufacturing, thermal inspection, furnace monitoring and more. MTS IR Thermopile detectors from Micro-Hybrid are suitable for these and other industrial measurement applications.
We develop with you or for you the right solution for your project and are happy to advise you on all technical questions regarding electronics and infrared components for industrial applications.
Competence for sensor solutions in industrial applications
According to our customers' requirements, we develop and produce customized solutions for sensors and measurement modules. We can modify standard products, develop individual sensors from scratch or design integrated electronic systems with multiple components. Our electronic systems and sensors for measuring pressure, flow, level, position meet the highest quality standards. Infrared components and sensors for gas analysis of CO2, CO or other gases offer highest performance and stability.
Development, production and all areas of the value chain are regularly certified.