We provide the robust technical communications to connect goods, machines and higher-level systems. In all cases, this is achieved with intelligent, or "smart" sensors, which are modeled using the generic smart-sensor model.
On November 11, 2014, the Philae lander uncoupled from the Rosetta space probe and landed after a 10-year voyage through space on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Hahn-Schickard micro valves of type MegaMic are on board as parts of a gas-phase chromatograph looking for the buildung blocks of life. The mission is considered one of the greatest achievements of European space exploration.
Mobility + movement
With microsystem technology we are able to implement particularly small inertial sensors. They detect acceleration and rotation in several directions, making it possible to enter, analyze and regulate complex motion sequences. Inertial sensors improve the localization of movable objects in an open space.
Pesticide detection in food
Complex, coarse-textured or extremely viscous sample solutions, as they occur in diagnostics or food analysis, still pose a challenge for analysis systems with fine microchannels. These clog easily, either with particles or gas bubbles. Our new analysis platform, AutoDip, however, allows the fully automatic analysis of solid or inhomogeneous samples such as fruit or vegetables with minimal sample preparation.
Rapid diagnosis of life-threatening blood poisoning in newborns
Neonatal sepsis can cause a life-threatening condition in newborns within hours. Using standard analyses, the triggering pathogens can usually only be identified after a few days, which often does not allow patient-specific antibiotic therapy. The ASCMicroPlat project has therefore developed a lab-on-a-chip system for rapid diagnosis, which allows specific, and therefore more effective, antibiotic therapy.
Sustainability, energy and the environment
We develop intelligent water meters that read themselves, or precision pressure sensors for the regulation of air conditioning systems. Our sensors often do not need their own power supply, because they harvest energy from their surroundings. Hahn-Schickard solutions are resource-friendly and environmentally sustainable and improve the energy balance of systems.
Parkinson's disease therapy
The sensor system developed by us and our partners analyses and classifies motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease patients. It can be used in everyday life without support from medically-trained personnel and offers promising prospects for an individualized medical therapy.
Capacitive pressure sensors for white goods
Our chemically-resistant pressure sensor was developed as a customer order for measuring aggressive fluid levels in white goods and is cost-effectively integrated with the existing sensor environment.
Mobile sensor technologies for the Internet of things
In cooperation with the University of Freiburg, Hahn-Schickard is developing innovative circuit designs and thereby reducing energy consumption of mobile sensor systems to a level that was hardly imaginable a few years ago. The less power the sensors consum the longer the batteries of mobile devices last and the easier it is for the sensors to cover their energy consumption through energy harvesting from their local environment. The next level in factory automation systems, surveillance of critical infrastructure, individualized medical applications, or driverless mobility concepts are all impossible without networked mobile sensors.
Sensor systems for roller presses in paper production
With a width of up to 13 meters and a diameter of 1.5 meters, rollers in paper production facilities are huge. Precise alignment of the rollers to each other is extremely important to the quality of the production process. In cooperation with Voith GmbH, Hahn-Schickard has developed an innovative sensor system that is based on a capacitive measuring principle and that measures the pressure distribution for roller presses during paper production.
Self-adaptive energy harvesters for energy self-sufficient status monitoring of marine gear units
Kinetic energy harvesters collect vibration energy from their surroundings. Hahn-Schickard has now developed kinetic energy harvesters that adapt to the prevailing operating conditions and whose performance is demonstrated with self-powered and wireless status monitoring of marine gear units. The intelligent energy harvester records speed-related changes in the vibration of the gear unit and adapts itself to the new vibrational state. This increases the reliability of energy harvesting even during changing conditions.
Electrical circuit paths on injection-molded ceramic substrates
By means of laser activation and subsequent external currentless metalization, electrical circuit paths can be applied fully-additive to injection-molded ceramic substrates with 3D geometry. The procedure offers a way to provide a three-dimensional ceramic body with 3D circuit layouts. This results in many options for the production of robust housings as 3D circuit carriers, heat-dissipating chip or sensor holders, which can be applied, for example, in the automotive industry, medical technology, or lighting.
Printing of antennas on thermoset housings
Modern digital printing processes allow you to add further functionality to the highly-integrated components on the surface easily and cost effectively. Printed antennas for data communication between networked sensor systems is one particularly useful application.