In industry, sensor systems involve the detection of measurable changes in processes, and the conversion thereof into electrical signals which can be processed within the network.
Sensors play an extremely important role in industrial automation and the Internet of Things. PRODOC Translations is at home in the sector of sensor systems and provides top-quality technical translations in many languages.
Sensor systems – an overview
Sensors, which are also known as detectors or measuring probes, are technical components which are able to measure different physical and chemical properties.
Among these properties are: Temperature, pressure, humidity, electro-chemical potential, flow rate, heat quantity, brightness and many more. The actual task of the sensor is to record these variables and convert them into standardized electrical signals.
PRODOC references in the sensor system area
In the sensor systems field we have the broadest customer base within the Industrial Automation sector, hence there we have extensive expert knowledge:
Optical, capacitive, inductive sensors:
Laser distance measurement:
Position switches and safety sensors:
Filling level measurement:
Online automation technology product directory
PRODOC Translations create Technical Translations for its customers for all important components from the sensor systems sector such as inductive, capacitive, optical or ultrasonic sensors, encoders, distance sensors and many others.
At PRODOC, engineers translate from German or English to all important Automation Industy languages.
Since software is also usually involved in modern intelligent sensor technology with bus connections and this mainly has to be in German or English, we also localize software, predominantly from German to English.
Many of these “smart sensors” with bus connection also have built-in configuration software which makes simple sensor parameterization possible using a web browser. This configuration software is usually translated into all important European languages, as well as Chinese, Korean or Japanese.
Our post on IODD files files shows an example for direct translation of XML based configuration files.
Sensor types and functionality
Operating principle of sensors
The diversity of different sensors is also shown by their different operating principles.
For example, a distinction is made between mechanical sensors such as a spring balance or a thermometer and acceleration sensors, which are piezoelectric. Other common sensor operating principles are optical, magnetic, capacitive, inductive and resistive.
In modern Industrial Automation technology, digital sensor systems are being used more and more because even control engineering is gradually being converted from analog to digital systems to lead companies into the Industry 4.0 era.
In sensor technology, a distinction is made between passive and active sensors.
With active sensors, (also known as passive pick-ups), parameters of the passive sensor components are changed by the measured values.
An external energy source is required in order to carry out the actual measurement.
Due to the primary electronics installed in the sensor, these parameters are converted into electrical signals and forwarded via the network to the processing subscribers.
Examples of active sensors are strain gauges, load cells and resistance thermometers, for example.
Passive sensors (or active pick-ups), on the other hand, do not require auxiliary electrical energy in order to carry out measurements and generate an electrical signal, since this results from the measuring principle.
With passive sensors, only a change to the measured variable is usually measureable, because no energy can be supplied in a static condition.
Sensors in industrial automation
Sensor systems play a crucial role in Industry 4.0.
Sensors used directly as signal transmitters are becoming more and more common – we speak about M2M (machine to machine) communication in the Internet of Things.
The measured values that have been converted into electrical signals are automatically processed via a bus system and therefore trigger appropriate further actions.
More and more so-called Smart Sensors which process the signals directly are establishing themselves in these application areas. Smart Sensors are equipped with micro controllers for this purpose.
Product groups of sensor systems
The following product groups/operating principles belong to the sensor systems sector:
- Rotary encoders
- Filling level measurement
PRODOC has extensive experience regarding technical translation and software localization for the following product groups:
Pressure, temperature and filling level measurement
Bar code readers
Part placement detection
Data Matrix code recognition
Camera-based code readers
Optical test systems
Sensors for potentially explosive areas
Safety laser scanners
Safety light curtains