Sensor Instruments
Entwicklungs- und Vertriebs GmbH
Schlinding 15
D-94169 Thurmansbang
Telefon +49 8544 9719-0
Telefax +49 8544 9719-13

Fancy the FUTURE?

A beautiful new world full of technical achievements, or an overwhelming dreariness in view of global warming, oceans full of plastic trash and the increasing ruthless exploitation of Mother Earth? 


We, Sensor Instruments, believe that there's nothing to be gained from sticking our heads in the sand like ostriches, and it counts for nothing. Rather, we think it's time to seize the opportunity and address the problems technically.

Of course, we are aware that we are only a small cog in the "Project Future" machine, but we do think that we can make our contribution to it and are highly motivated to do so. For example, we collaborate with partner companies in the plastics recycling sector with the objective of significantly increasing the recycling rate and in addition, of focusing on upcycling rather than downcycling. This makes the use of recycled granulate possible even for high-quality products. We are currently working on a certification method to mark recycled material and granulate made from it as 'recycled', and to detect it as such. 

Flight shame is the term used to describe "a reluctance to travel by air, or discomfort at doing so, because of the damaging emission of greenhouse gases and other pollutants by aircraft." - 2017 translation of the Swedish term "flygskam in the Oxford Dictionaries). Already, for economic reasons alone, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are aware of the need to make their contribution. On the one hand, there is work being done on quieter and more efficient and thus cleaner engines (this also involves using our sensor technology during engine production), and on the other hand, ways are being sought to produce aviation fuel synthetically and sustainably. The magic word here is "green hydrogen", made in a climate-neutral manner from water, using renewable electrical energy, produced by using so-called electrolysers. Here, too, we are looking forward to new fields of application for our sensor technology.

However, the automotive industry is already a step ahead in this respect, with trucks powered by green hydrogen and using fuel cell technology already being presented and soon to be rolling on our roads. On the other hand, in the case of the smaller "siblings", another technology seems to be making its breakthrough at present: electromobility, i.e., automobiles powered by electric motors supplied by electrical power from the battery they carry.

In this context, one of the tasks for which our sensors are deployed is in the production of the plug-in contacts, to ensure that the plug-in contacts are completely cleaned of the cutting oil required during the stamping process and secondly, to monitor the production process of the high-voltage batteries with our sensors. In order that the CO2 balance should be improved, it is necessary for the electric vehicles and the fuel cell-driven trucks to be powered by electrical energy that is ideally obtained from wind power or solar power, i.e. generated sustainably.

Our inline gloss meters check the gloss level of the wind vanes and the glass cover of the solar panels.
Moreover, our spray jet sensor system is employed to control the flux supply during the soldering of the contact cables of the solar cells. Furthermore, the colour of the individual solar cells is measured using our colour sensor technology. After all, the solar modules should have a homogeneous appearance on the roof or in the field.

Sustainably produced articles, many of them also consumer products, are becoming increasingly important in society. In this context, emphasis is also placed on seamless tracking and control of the entire supply chain, i.e. from production to the consumer. For example, manufacturers of branded jeans procure organic cotton from Australia. To prevent goods from other producing regions from being mixed with the original goods during transport, the latter are marked using a special process.

Even the smallest additions, of the order of ppm, are sufficient for marking. Once the organic cotton is marked, its authenticity can be checked at any time. This is preferably done using blockchain technology, so that the possibility of any influencing or manipulation of the supply chain can be eliminated. We supply the sensor systems for the purpose, and these sensor systems transfer the required product data to the respective checkpoints of the blockchain.

Project Future, certainly stressful and challenging, but also exciting! We, Sensor Instruments, want to continue to make our contribution. Let's get to work, we will find the right solutions together.

Interest awakened?
We are expanding our team and looking to fill the following positions:
→ Job offers


Our sales partner ICS A/S exhibits:

Expo & Conferences
13-15 September 2022
Brøndby Hallen (Denmark)


Specialist articles in
Kunststoffe International

Luminous Markers instead of Holy Grail
Improved Sorting of Plastic Waste with Luminous Pigments
Kunststoffe international 06/2022
The Color Loop
Ensuring Color Consistency of Recycled Materials

→ Kunststoffe international 05/2022


New applications:

Detection of dents and bumps on metal punching strips
(N° 801)
Differentiation of leather, fabric and synthetic interior components
(N° 802)
Plastic cap color measurement
(N° 803)


... surface tension?
... oil evaporation?
... oil layer thickness


New videos:

"Danke für die Optoelektronik"
(Thanks for the optoelectronics)
"Bewirb Dich jetzt!"
(Apply now!)


Software news:

SPECTRO3-MSM-DIG-Scope V1.5 (2021.10.20)



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