To Sensata Technologies, ‘mission-critical’ means that sensors are an essential component and difficult to realise. These advanced products are used in industrial and military applications for more safety, efficiency and comfort, such as automotive braking systems, aircraft control systems, white goods such as refrigerators and washing machines, air conditioning and telecommunications. People deal with sensors every day without even realising it, for example, in motorbikes, hoovers and espresso machines.
Sensors are fundamental building blocks needed for a smart, connected, electrified and, ultimately, autonomous world. Sensata Technologies sees four trends that will shape the world’s markets over the next decade: clean & efficient, electrification, autonomy and smart & connected. Sensors are being used to make more efficient industrial pumps, improve fuel efficiency in cars and heavy off-road vehicles. As electric vehicles rise in popularity and demand, they require sensors to monitor and optimise everything from battery systems to thermal management systems. Sensata’s sensors enable light passenger cars, off-road vehicles and material handling equipment to operate autonomously. The smart, connected sensors enable actionable insights for commercial vehicle operators.
Sensors ensure 24/7/365 that a device switches itself off when it becomes too hot, for example, or that it works more efficiently. Sensors also measure the pressure of fluids, such as the oil pressure in a brake line or whether there is enough fuel, coolant or engine oil in a vehicle. Sensata produces thousands of different sensors, and they make the devices of millions of users worldwide safer. This is only possible if the sensors themselves are extremely reliable, so there are high standards for each sensor. Car sensors, for example, must be completely reliable for up to 20 years, at temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees to plus 140 degrees. Also, the sensors must be able to withstand moisture, dryness, dust, salt, vibrations and other extreme conditions.