10 August 2003
10 August 2003
Insensys Ltd, a provider of optical fibre sensing solutions has acquired Indigo Photonics Ltd, a UK based specialist in optical systems and components. Engineers from Insensys and Indigo Photonics have collaborated to develop a high performance, cost effective system using optical fibres as sensors for use in composite structures.
Optical fibre sensors can be used for optimising material performance, minimise cost during prototyping and design development stages and increase overall product safety. Various parameters can be monitored such as strain, temperature, deflection, crack propagation or used for monitoring long term structural integrity of a composite component throughout service life. The revolutionary sensing product is being deployed in composite applications including risers in the oil and gas industry, turbine blades in the wind energy industry and masts in the marine industry.
Insensys has substantial experience in composite design and manufacturing and in the application of optical fibre sensors to composite structures. Indigo Photonics brings world leading expertise in optical fibre sensor instrumentation. The new generation system is claimed to be the lowest cost, most robust system available, measuring tens of sensors with high frequency readout. The acquisition will enable Insensys to broaden its sensing product portfolio and with in-house expertise in all the disciplines required for delivering optical fibre composite sensor solutions.
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