Tell us a little bit about TT Electronics and why you are attending Sensors Expo & Conference 2018.
TT Electronics is engaged in designing and manufacturing sensors that are for harsh environments, with reliable repeatibility.
We have a number of business units within TT Electronics. One of them is the variable sensing business unit, and they deal with motion control using different technologies; such as variable resistance and magnetic technology.
Another business area is the optoelectronic business unit, which essentially suppresses motion detection, but utilizes light as a means of detection.
The final one is the pressure sensing technology unit, which is our Roxspur brand, and that one detects fluid gasses, pressure, and flow.
We feel Sensors Expo & Conference is the one of the biggest platforms in North America to showcase our products, promote our brand and meet new customers.
Is there a particular product that you are highlighting this year?
We always like to highlight a couple of brand-new products. The first one is the OPB 9000. The sensor is capable of essentially adjusting itself to the environment. As the environment changes, the sensor adjusts itself to that environment, and at the end it provides a very consistent output regardless of what you throw at it! So, rather than fixing the hardware to suit a particular environment, the sensor essentially adjusts itself via software to its surroundings and whatever application it is dealing with.
Other products that we are highlighting include the hollow shaft miniature position sensors.Those are designed to be small, surface mountable, and able to detect the mechanical motion of a shaft or of a motor. They are specifically geared to automation and applications that require a small footprint (such as 3-D printers), which also require precision and consistency. Usually they are used in harsh environments with long and large temperature ranges.
What makes these products unique?
What makes these products unique is their size - they are really small. They are roughly about 2.2 mm in height, so they fit into their intricate applications.
They also have consistency across the operating temperatures.
Finally, you can hand or pressure-wash them. They can go through wave soldering profiles and survive.
What application areas do you feel your products fit with?
The newest products that we have, they are geared to automation, robotics and the Internet of Things. They are small in size and can survive harsh environments.
Where do you think sensors are heading in the future and how will your products meet these future needs?
Sensors need to react by themselves. They now need to be semi-autonomous, provide an output to the microcontroller or to the FBGA, and fit into very intricate applications. They need to get smaller, as well as being able to survive harsh environments as you put them out there around the systems.
We feel like miniaturization and adding intelligence to the sensors is the key. In addition to that, we feel like sensors that need to consume less and less energy are also very important.
Nowadays, many of the systems are mobile. People are taking the systems out with them as opposed to being in a centralized location. For example, in medical applications, the machines are now mobile. Home Care is growing 300% year over year. Why? Because now those machines are traveling with you as opposed to you getting treated at a particular place.
Those are the things that are going to keep moving forward and forward, not only industrially, but also in the medical industry. You see those machines are getting smaller and smaller. They need to work with a given set of energy, a.k.a. battery or solar energy, and lastly the need to work semi-autonomously.
What are you hoping to achieve at Sensors Expo & Conference 2018?
The number one thing is, first of all, as we look around and talk to our customers and competitors. Ee want to see, if we are putting the right chips on the table, and if we are heading in the right direction. Are our assumptions correct?
As we network with our customers, we want to understand if our products have a fit in their current applications and their future applications.
In addition to that, we want to get feedback around where we should be invested in the future. As a product manager, I need to make sure that I'm investing the right amount of money, the right amount of resources in the need and the long-term future for our company.