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We understand that the sensor industry may be considered uncharted territory for quite a few of you. In fact, we are constantly learning more and more about the industry as we dive into new challenges each day. But over the past two decades, we have attained a great deal of knowledge, much of which we share with you in various locations throughout the website. So here is a diagram that skips you having to shift through all our pages and brings all our knowledge straight to you.
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For years you have heard that we are innovators. But what does innovation entail? And how do we at FUTEK enable it?
We believe that innovation involves a continual and proactive effort to seek, communicate, and share ideas. In 2011, we embraced this philosophy more than ever as we sought to answer one question: what does this industry need not just today, but ten, twenty years from now?
The answer came to us with the recognition that in a progressive business everything evolves, and in successful cases we get more from less. Over the past year, FUTEK accelerated this process and set a precedent for the future of test and measurement.
FUTEK recognized that traditional data collection methods require too many components to retrieve data, many of which introduced margins of error that became problematic for engineers and operators. So we innovated and introduced a single module data collection solution – FUTEK’s USB Data Collection Technology.
It took us four years to research, design, prototype, and manufacture our USB Technology, but it was time well spent. The simple plug and play solution has been a huge success and led us to our latest endeavor: a Universal USB Solution for nearly all strain gauge sensor applications.
At the heart of the process that made this innovation possible lies our dedication to company wide communication. At FUTEK, we refuse to allow ideas slip away unnoticed. Thus, we begin everyday with a 6:59 AM gathering to discuss all ideas relevant to the company. Our department heads continue these conversations with their teams, confident that communication will give light to questions and breed ideas.
Through these dailies, we have learned that shared knowledge is integral to innovation. So this year, we made it a top priority to share our insight with the greater community. For example, if you ever wondered how FUTEK’s custom designs came to be, you can hop onto our website and watch a full-disclosure webinar led by our Director of Engineering.
But that wasn’t FUTEK’s only “shared” effort. In 2011, we dedicated an entire section of our website to everything we know about sensors and sensor related instruments. We call it “FUTEK Solutions.” Within these pages, you will find invaluable information ranging from the basics of sensor operations to extensive case studies conducted alongside scientists at MIT and NASA.
And to ensure that future generations of engineers are well equipped with all the tools of our trade, FUTEK annually partners with universities, students, and professors. This year, we joined forces with Ohio State University as a sponsor in their annual Formula One SAE race. The students designed, constructed and raced a Formula One grade racecar, which was fully tested using FUTEK sensors.
So as we approach 2012, we can’t close the door to 2011 without congratulating our team for their enthusiasm and persistence. It’s due to your conversations, your marriage of intellect and grit, and your exchange of imagination that FUTEK had one of its most memorable years. Our hats off to you team! You are the innovators.
FUTEK would like to bring in the New Year by saying thank you for all of your support! Happy Holidays everyone!
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In-Line Endurance testing is a frequently sought after requirement for load cells in the test and measurement industry. It is for that reason that FUTEK designed and developed a full series of load cell models dedicated to In-Line applications. We call them our LCM Series.
In-Line Load Cells: LCM Series
Closed Loop Feedback
The diagram below is a good example of closed loop feed back operation. It shows how donut / thru hole load cells and pancake load cells can be used in insertion / press applications for precision assembly during the manufacturing process. The donut / thru hole at the top monitors the required load while the pancake load cell at the bottom checks and verifies the actual load being applied in order to control alignment for smooth insertion.
Products used for this application:
Donut Load Cell
Signal Conditioned Digital Display