Program 15 October


Exploring the World of Sensors & Industrial SMART Electronics

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12:30 – 1:15 PM CET | 6:30 – 7:15 AM ET
Thomas Kleckers, Product Manager Force Transducers, Hottinger Brüel & Kjær

They key to accurate force measurements is precise calibration, and the key to precise calibration is – besides suitable calibration equipment – traceability, which, in turn, refers to the connection of the measured value to the recognized national standard by a continuous chain of comparison measurements with known measurement uncertainty.

Traceability is also required to meet the ISO 9001 or IATF 16949 standards and is thus relevant for audits – whether they stem from internal quality departments or from customers.

So how can we, as HBK, make sure that we supply customers with force measurement technology that not only shows the correct values, but also meets all legal requirements? Watch Thomas Kleckers’ presentation and find out more about calibration. You will discover:

– How is it guaranteed that the newton measured is actually a newton
– How to bring traceability to your application
– How quality audits and traceability are interlinked
– How this is related to the PTB or other national metrological institutes

Author Bio:
Thomas Kleckers holds a degree in Physical Engineering and has worked at HBM for almost three decades – starting off in product development for strain gauges, followed by more than 10 years in his current product management role. Thomas is knowledgeable about both the technical and practical aspects of force measurement.

1:15 – 1:45 PM CET | 7:15 – 7:45 AM ET
Dr. Olivier ADAM, Sorbonne University

Analysis underwater soundscapes.

Do you have a question for the presenter? The presenter will be available to answer questions at the Guest Speaker booth in the Virtual Exhibition Hall for approx. 1 hour after the presentation has ended.

Author bio:
Specialist in engineer sciences (signal processing, acoustics, computer science), Prof Adam does his research on the study of cetacean species since Sept 2001. He develops methods using passive acoustics, signal processing and pattern recognition applied on visual and acoustic observations in order to detect and localize cetaceans. His research also aims to describe behaviors, interactions between individuals and their habitats. Previous projects were dedicated to analyze sperm whale dives using passive acoustics, to detect and localize blue whales in the Austral and Indian Oceans. Since 2007, he led a research project on humpback whales based on different techniques including Argos tags, passive acoustics, underwater and aerial (by drones) visual observations and genetics. All these complementary methods was deployed to answer scientific questions about their privileged habitats, the interactions between mothers and calves, the whole description of their sound generator, and the potential effects of human activities. Prof Adam participated to different film documentaries including “Songs of the Sea” by Antonio Fischetti ( “The Planet of Giants” by Guillaume Vincent. Prof Adam organized different international conferences on cetaceans, including the International Workshop of Detection, Classification, Localization and Density Estimation of marine mammals using passive acoustics ( and the Humpback Whale World Congress ( Prof Adam was the curator of the exhibition “Baleinopolis” helded at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France (, and is regulargly invited on radio shows.

1:45 – 2:30 PM CET | 7:45 – 8:30 AM ET
Markus Haller, Product Manager Torque Transducers, Hottinger Brüel & Kjær

Torque sensors are precision measuring devices that should also provide the corresponding measurement results at all times. Often, however, these properties are lost due to carelessness during the installation of the sensors. How this can be avoided and how the performance of the torque transducers can be used in the best possible way is the focus of the presentation.

Watch Markus presentation and find out more about the correct installation / mounting of torque transducer. You will discover:

– How to achieve the best and most reliable measurement results in the application
– What you should consider during installation
– What you should take into account when selecting the mounting parts / adapter flanges

Author Bio:
After finishing his master thesis at Siemens Power Generation Markus graduate in 1999. He holds a degree in Processing Engineering. Markus brings over 15 years of experience in sensor technology. He gained experience in different positions in sales and key account management for international companies. Since 2008 Markus is responsible as a product manager for torque transducer at HBK.

2:30 – 3:00 PM CET | 8:30 – 9:00 AM ET
Mr. Sebastian Bardy, scientific employee and project manager, Technical University of Darmstadt

The path to converting information into a digital format is not easy for small and medium-sized companies. For that reason, one of five IIoT competency centres for medium-sized businesses funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics, was set up at Darmstadt Technical University (TU). Here, companies can learn about the methods used to achieve digitization.
In this presentation we demonstrate:

– A key element of this networked production is the control of the measurement chain in which the data of all sensors in use comes together and is processed
– The industrial amplifier is one of many devices from different manufacturers that bring digitized production on the university campus to life and is especially well suited to upgrading existing production chains
– The Presentation will highlight the CiP (Industrial productivity center) at the university, with two use case: predictive maintenance and digital shop floor management

Do you have a question for the presenter? The presenter will be available to answer questions at the Guest Speaker booth in the Virtual Exhibition Hall for approx. 1 hour after the presentation has ended.

3:00 – 3:45 PM CET | 9:00 – 9:45 AM ET
Dipl.Ing. Michael Guckes, Product Manager Industrial electronics and Software, Hottinger Brüel & Kjær

The use of smart measuring amplifiers is essential in the course of implementing Industry 4.0 concepts. Intelligence must already be present directly in the component – “edge computing” in order to be able to process data efficiently and in a targeted manner. The possibilities offered by the introduction of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) into productions are extensive. The aim is to gain more control over the process and thus to guarantee the quality of products and increase yields.

In this presentation we demonstrate:

– Optimize processes, reduce costs and expand productivity
– Requirements of modern measurement hardware in times of the IOT
– Differences between PLC- , Software- , and Cloud-applications
– Ensuring interoperability through suitable protocols
– Hardware and software solutions in a LIVE demo

Author Bio:
Michael Guckes is a graduated electrical engineer and business administrator with a focus on industrial amplifiers for production and test-stands. His business-field is general factory- and process automation. With a background in the automotive and process industry and sensor technology, he is now a key driver of HBK Smart Sensors and Solutions initiative and working on several automation and development projects.

3:45 – 4:30 PM CET | 9:45 – 10:30 AM ET
Thomas Langer, Product Manager – Single Point Load Cells and Industrial Smart Sensors & Solutions, Hottinger Brüel & Kjær

Modern industrial packaging systems come with a whole set of challenging requirements when it comes to measuring the weight of packed goods. Next to high precision and protection class there is new set of additional demands: Aseptic filling and dosing systems require hygienic standards and cleanability of the entire measuring chain, new industrial control systems require a fast and seamless integration of state of the art industrial ethernet protocols and a simple and flexible configuration using the browser of choice supported by a web-interface.

In this presentation we demonstrate:

– The latest fully hygienic measuring chain from the load cell to the amplifier
– It’s hardware and software features in a live demo

Author Bio:
Thomas Langer is a mechanical engineer and business administrator with a focus on legal for trade weighing, single point load cells and smart digital weighing solutions. With a background from the automotive industry and sensor technology he is now a key driver of HBM load cells and smart weighing solutions.

4:30 – 5:00 PM CET | 10:30 – 11:00 AM ET
Alessandro M. Laci, Area Sales and Marketing Manager, Tecnomaco

Tecnomaco FC-4 PLUS monobloc for liquid bottling and capping, which measured specific quantities of liquid into each bottle, thus ensuring no wastage.

Do you have a question for the presenter? The presenter will be available to answer questions at the Guest Speaker booth in the Virtual Exhibition Hall for approx. 1 hour after the presentation has ended.

5:00 – 5:45 PM CET | 11:00 – 11:45 AM ET
Bin Liu, Product Manager Acoustic & Vibration Transducers, Hottinger Brüel & Kjær

Reliability is the degree of consistency of a measure. A transducer is reliable when it gives the same repeated results under the same conditions. If a transducer is not reliable, its measurement results will never lead to correct conclusions.

Therefore, the reliability of a transducer is one of the utmost importance to anyone involved in test and measurement. Unfortunately, reliability is not a specification that is listed on a product data sheet. So, how can you ensure the reliability of your transducers and be confident with the accuracy of your measurement results?

The presentation will cover:

– How to ensure reliability based on the transducer design
– How to ensure reliability based on the transducer’s production processes
– What you can you do to reinforce the reliability of your transducers

Author bio:
With a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (CAE), Bin Liu has worked at Brüel & Kjær since 1998, initially as an Industrial Ph.D. student, followed by four years in Acoustic Transducers R&D and another four years in Vibration Transducers R&D. She is currently responsible for all Brüel & Kjær acoustic and vibration transducers.

5:45 – 6:15 PM CET: | 11:45 – 12:15 PM ET
Jude Mansilla, Editor/Founder, HEAD-FI

When it comes to headphone measurements, finding correlation between the measured results and subjective observations is often elusive. There are a number of reasons for this, including challenges achieving a human-like fit (especially with supra-aural and in-ear headphones), but also that the hearing simulators we have been using are based on a 40-year-old standard that does not simulate human hearing over the entire audio band.

In 2017, Brüel & Kjær introduced a new standard for hearing simulation based on 12 years of research and development, intended to provide unprecedented realism. The Brüel & Kjær HF-HATS (High-frequency Head and Torso Simulator) Type 5128 provides an accurate simulation of human hearing by more accurately modeling human geometry and acoustic impedance from the pinna to the eardrum.

This presentation will include examples of how this more accurate hearing simulator will help close the gap between the headphones as we hear them and the headphone measurements we look at.

Do you have a question for the presenter? The presenter will be available to answer questions at the Guest Speaker booth in the Virtual Exhibition Hall for approx. 1 hour after the presentation has ended.

Author bio:
Jude Mansilla founded in 2001 as a hobby website and forum covering premium headphone audio. Since then Head-Fi has grown to become the world’s most visited website dedicated to premium audio, and the launch point for many products in the category. The Head-Fi community, with its millions of unique visitors, has played a significant role in defining and expanding the market for high-end personal audio products globally. Head-Fi also produces CanJam Global, the world’s premier headphone and personal audio expo, with CanJam shows in New York City, Singapore, Shenzhen, SoCal, London, Chicago, and Shanghai. Head-Fi also has a state-of-the-art audio measurement lab at its office in Livonia, Michigan.

6:15 – 7:00 PM CET | 12:15 – 1:00 PM ET
Malte Grieme, Product Manager Strain Gauges, Hottinger Brüel & Kjær

In our daily life, we must trust the reliability of electronic components – such as PCBs – integrated in cars, smartphones, aircraft, and countless other devices. The reliability of complex electronics and overall electrical systems is a result of experienced development and intensive testing.

International associations such as IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) and JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) – 9704 were founded to develop global guidelines describing where, how and by what method strain measurements should be performed on PCBs.

Join Malte Grieme’s presentation and find out how to qualify your PCBs with HBK strain gauges and DAQ products in compliance with IPC/JEDEC 9704 guidelines. You will discover:

– Why strain measurements are performed on PCBs
– How to measure strain on PCBs
– Where to measure strain on PCBs
– How to analyse data

Author Bio:
Malte Grieme is an electrical engineer with a focus on communication technology and sensor networks. Starting off in project engineering for strain gauge installations on monitoring applications and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) measurements, Malte is now responsible for the strain gauge portfolio at HBK.

7:00 – 7:30 PM CET | 1:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Matthew Hoffmeyer, Southwest Research Institute

Compressed air is used for multiple systems in a locomotive and in railcars. The brakes on train cars are actuated by this compressed air system. These air lines can extend for miles down long trains and large leak volumes, which mean additional energy and fuel costs for operators. Presently, leak detection is completed by manual inspection while trains are parked in rail yards, meaning only the largest leaks are detected. With better detection methods, moderate leak sources could be identified and corrected, leading to large energy savings for rail operators. Southwest Research Institute first demonstrated with a microphone that these air leaks have a high frequency acoustic signature that can be measured in a noisy environment. SwRI then used an acoustic camera and was able to identify air leaks in both a stationary and moving locomotive. These leaks generate a broadband noise signature that extends well into the ultrasonic range, above the frequency range of other noise sources generated by a locomotive. This signature allows the leak source to be identified even with large levels of background noise, such as the engine running under high load. Coupled with machine learning algorithms, this tool could be used on wayside monitoring stations to automatically detect air leaks and feed that information back to the rail operator.

Author bio:
Matthew Hoffmeyer has been supporting engine noise and vibration work at Southwest Research Institute since 2018. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent 5 years in Houston working for an oil equipment provider before moving into the Powertrain Analysis Section at SwRI in San Antonio, in 2017. He is responsible for mechanical and fluid analysis of powertrain development programs, including dynamics and vibration analysis.

7:30 – 8:00 PM CET | 1:30 – 2:00 PM ET
Tom Reinhart, Southwest Research Institute

A large inline-6 cylinder engine of 170 liters displacement was recently run through an emissions deterioration factor test at a facility using an open stack exhaust system (no muffler). Normally, a 4-stroke cycle I-6 produces pure tone noise at firing frequency (every 120 degrees of crank rotation, or 3rd order), as well as at harmonics of firing frequency. This engine produced a very uneven sound that was audible for up to a mile from the test site. The character of the sound left observers wondering if there was something wrong with the engine. Acoustic measurements confirmed that there were substantial noise spikes at almost every multiple of half order. Further evaluation revealed that the unusual sound spectrum is a result of the large physical dimensions of the engine. With the engine’s turbocharger located at the front of the engine, the distance from each cylinder to the turbocharger and the time it takes sound to travel the length of the exhaust manifold become important. With some assumptions about exhaust temperature and pressure, the time (in degrees of crank angle) that is required for a blowdown pulse from each cylinder to reach the turbo can be calculated. It takes sound from the blowdown pulse of cylinder 6 about 14 crank degrees longer to reach the turbo, compared to the blowdown pulse from cylinder 1. The results explain why the engine has so much frequency content in its exhaust noise at almost every multiple of half order. This effect is common to all large engines, such as locomotive and marine engines.

Author bio:
Tom Reinhart has been working in the field of engine noise and vibration since the late 1970s. After completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Purdue University, he worked for 20 years at Cummins, leaving as the director of the Noise & Vibration Technology department. After working in the Detroit area for five years, Mr. Reinhart has been at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas since 2005. At SwRI, he is responsible for noise and vibration projects as well as engine development programs and powertrain efficiency improvement programs.

8:00 – 8:30 PM CET | 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Dr. Alexander Hobt – Head of Sales Projects, FORM+TEST Seidner & Co. GmbH

Appropriate testing and measurement technology is indispensable in the course of reliable assessment of component behaviour and its functional properties as well as their lifetime. For this purpose, various requirements have to be made for the testing and measuring technology applied. The basic request is that measuring accuracy is sufficient high. The second request is that measurement must also be (long-term) stable. Third, regarding any disturbance variables, they must be of no effect on the result or to be measured in detail in order to take them into account – or correct the main result.

Author bio:
Study of mechanical engineering at University of Stuttgart, 2015 Ph.D. at MPA Stuttgart in the field of high temperature materials testing, responsible for high temperature testing lab at MPA Stuttgart, since 2017 at Form+Test Sales Projects which is handling equipment for material and component testing.

8:30 – 9:00 PM CET | 2:30 – 3:00 PM ET
Dr. Jesús Otero Yugat – Head of Acoustics | Noise and Vibration, CETEST

Acoustic evaluation of a new railway vehicle is part of its validation before commercial service. This evaluation is strongly dependent of several physical sources such as noise from equipments and auxiliary systems, rolling noise, curve squeal, aerodynamic noise and traction noise.

Author bio:
Jesús Otero Yugat holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, Fluids and Aeronautics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. He is responsible of the projects developed worldwide by CETEST in terms of acoustics, noise and vibration research and testing for different vehicle types, ranging from light rail vehicles to high speed trains.

9:00 – 9:30 PM CET | 3:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Markus Hessinger – Co-founder, core sensing GmbH

Predictive maintenance and process optimization are the key advantages that come with the industrial digitalization as they significantly reduce costs and enhance productivity. However, most of the existing production facilities are not suitable for a retrospective sensor integration to monitor mechanical loads during operation. We present a sensor solution based on HBM strain gauges that is integrated inside existing mechanical components of this industrial facilities, e.g. drive shafts or couplings, to monitor and analyse their mechanical states without changing the topology of the system. Since the sensitive element to measure torque, force and rotational speed is protected inside, the components are very robust against environmental influences. The wireless sensor processes all measured data on chip to analyse the current state of the process and sets an alarm if mechanical thresholds are exceeded. The measured data and component states are sent to a mobile device or industry gateway. There, the current state of the component and downstream processes can be interpreted by a human supervisor or processed by a system control. With our intuitive user guidance in a smartphone app, the force and torque measurement chain is simplified to a wide range of users without specific expertise.

Author bio:
Markus Hessinger received his diploma in automation engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, in 2012. Between 2012 and 2018 he was working as a research associate at the Measurememt and Sensor Technology group at TU Darmstadt with major research interest in sensor integration for robotic systems. Since 2019 he is the co-founder of core sensing GmbH.

9:30 – 10:00 PM CET | 3:30 – 4:00 PM ET
Pasakorn, Sengsri – University of Birmingham

Composite materials for railway applications have recently played an important role in railway industry. Basically, composites offer numerous advantages, for example, flexibility, durability, lightweight, superior strength, and environmental resistance. A new composite material, fibre-reinforced foamed urethane (FFU), has been used for railway composite sleepers and bearers, in order to replace conventional timber ones and gain superior properties from the combination of this composite material. Since dynamic behaviours of composite railway sleepers and bearers in particular areas (railway switches and crossings) are not well-known and have never been completely examined. This study presents the investigation into the vibration characteristics of full-scaled FFU composite beams in healthy and damaged conditions, using impact hammer excitation technique. The results show that the first bending mode in a vertical plane is the first dominant mode of resonance under free-free condition and the dynamic modal parameters reduce when damages appear. These interesting findings could be useful for engineers to propose the requirement of design guidelines for railway composite sleepers and bearers in the near future.

Author bio:
PhD student

10:00 – 10:30 PM CET | 4:00 – 4:30 PM ET
Dr. Nick Hudyma, Boise State University

The Brazilian test, which was developed in 1943, is a relatively simple method to determine the tensile strength of rock. It is an indirect test which has been standardized by both ASTM and ISRM. In the test, a compressive force induces tensile stresses along the centerline of a thin disk-shaped specimen. This test is widely performed because of difficulties associated with direct tensile testing of rock specimens where fixtures must be attached to specimens or specimens must be machined to certain shapes. The simplicity of the test has prompted the development of portable hand operated hydraulic load frames where often the only data which is recorded is the compressive force required to fail the specimen and the time it took to fail the specimen. The validity of the Brazilian test requires fracture to occur through the middle of the specimen and that there should be no visible platen effects present on the specimen. With limited data collected during tests it is easy to question their validity. More importantly, insights into the behavior of the specimen are lost. This presentation highlights the use of the QuantumX data acquisition system coupled with an acoustic emission system to assess precursors to failure during Brazilian testing of rock. One goal of the research is to capture data from the testing to calibrate FDEM models which are used to simulate the fracturing process in brittle materials.

Author bio:
Nick Hudyma (WHO da ma) is a professor of civil engineering at Boise State University. He has a BSc in Geological Engineering from the University of Manitoba and MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His research is focused on the laboratory characterization of brittle materials and the influence of their genesis and external factors on physical and engineering properties. He uses destructive testing, non-destructive testing, imaging, and simulation techniques in his laboratory investigations.

10:30 – 11:00 PM CET | 4:30 – 5:00 PM ET
Francis Alonzo, Student from École de technologie supérieure (Electical team leader for S.O.N.I.A. AUV)

S.O.N.I.A. AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) is a student run robotic club from École de technologie supérieure from Montreal, Canada. For twenty-one years, we have been attending the Robosub competition yearly in San Diego. The team has been using hydrophones to locate obstacles within the reservoir boundaries where the competition takes place. The system in place for the hydrophones add in complexity and challenges to the existing system of our AUV. The effort made for having accurate data is rewarded at the competition since it can provide us with more than a third of the points obtainable. For 12 years, Brüel & Kjaer has sponsored us with the Hydrophones type 8103. Due to our mechanical design this type of hydrophone is the only one that can be mounted on our submarine. The team has for more than ten years actively developed and designed our own printed circuit board to process the signal from the hydrophones. With the accumulated data obtained our algorithms calculate the position and the heading from the obstacle.

I am a university student in automation engineering at École de technologie supérieure. I am starting my third year in my 4 years program. I have been working for the robotic club S.O.N.I.A. AUV at the start of my degree.

11:00 – 11:30 PM CET | 5:00 – 5:30 PM ET
Dr. Tilman Traub – Head of Innovation, Dreistern GmbH & Co. KG

The digitalization of industrial processes – in Germany, this is being pushed forward under the headline Industry 4.0 – presents both machine manufacturers and machine users with the challenge of gaining access to meaningful data points in order to be able to subsequently set up cyber-physical systems. Besides the integration of additional sensor technology, especially when space is limited, one additional approach to create these data points is to turn conventional machine parts into smart components. These smart components carry the necessary sensor technology integrated in themselves without requiring additional space. Strain gauges are a solution here to detect deformations of load-bearing structures, for example, in order to be able to deduce process forces. For reliable operation in an industrial environment, however, the basic prerequisite is that the implementation is appropriately robust and the sensor system cannot be damaged in everyday use. In recent years DREISTERN has developed its forming stands into smart stands that can detect the actual loads of the production process. This development is the basic prerequisite for obtaining information on the current process status in roll forming processes. This presentation describes this success story – from the first prototype to the series product.

Author bio:
Studies of Mechanical Engineering at TU Darmstadt, 5 years as research assistant an TU Darmstadt (doctorate, 2014 – 2019, research focus smart forming processes), since 2019 Head of Innovation at Dreistern GmbH & Co. KG

11:30 – 12:00 PM CET | 5:30 – 6:00 PM ET
José Ignacio Ramón, Departamento Técnico Acústica CHOVA

Para realizar proyectos los arquitectos e ingenieros suelen pedir fichas de ensayos acústicos que certifiquen que los productos de aislamiento dentro de un sistema cumplen con la normativa vigente. Todo este tipo de ensayos se realizan en cámaras de laboratorios y no dejando ser ensayos en condiciones ideales que no reflejan su puesta en obra. No significa que no sirvan, pero hay que tener en cuenta el margen de error de un ensayo en cámara, pues ahí no intervienen los flancos. Por otra parte, las herramientas que se tienen para realizar cálculos predictivos son teóricos con programas informáticos que calculan el aislamiento acústico sin tener en cuenta su puesta en obra.

Author bio:
Ingeniero técnico de telecomunicaciones en imagen y sonido

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