Sensor Products

Sensor manufacturers are currently faced with many opportunities and challenges. The commercialization and adoption of MEMS technology and the explosion of network connectivity is leading to ever increasing levels of integration, including demand for full digital output and IoT/IoE/M2M capabilities.

PetroMar helps sensor manufacturers to keep their product portfolio current and competitive by offering a suite of engineering services targeting high levels of integration while maintaining or even enhancing native sensor precision.

The PetroMar Industrial team members are sensor experts, and have developed commercially successful products and solutions for customers across a wide range of energy applications. We specialize in applied research, complex sensor-based product development, and automated test systems, and offer ongoing manufacturing and sustaining of the products we design if desired by our customer.

Please contact us at innovation@petromartech.com to learn more about how we can bring our energy + innovation to bear on your sensor technology needs.

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Sensor Skillsets/Expertise:

Sensors and Sensor Physics

PetroMar has extensive experience designing and integrating custom sensors into products and systems. Example sensor types include:

  • inductive
  • capacitive
  • electromagnetic
  • optical
  • NMR
  • acoustic
  • orientation
  • vibration
  • temperature
  • pressure

PetroMar will handle sensor design and optimization, electronics integration, firmware/control, networking, database integration, and even application software and analytics if needed. We have a particular expertise in designs for harsh environments comprising extremes of temperature, vibration, shock, and pressure. We can deliver full a turn-key solution for your application or to fill a gap in your existing portfolio of sensor offerings.

Finite Element Modeling, including Coupled Multi-physics and Optimization

Applying multi-physics modeling to product and system development allows for early evaluation of critical parts of the design and leads to:

  • faster time to market and reduced development cost due to fewer iterations of prototype hardware configurations
  • improved product performance achieved through computer optimization of the modeled system
  • Characterization of parameters which are difficult or impossible to measure in-line without disturbing the system.

Nearly all physical phenomena can be included and linked together in a comprehensive system model that also takes into account material properties and their dependence on environmental parameters such as temperature, pressure or chemical composition. Examples include:

  • Thermal modeling, including conduction, convection and flow related heat transport
  • Flow modeling in various regimes, including porous media flow
  • Electromagnetic modeling of sensor fields and their interaction with samples
  • NMR sensor modeling
  • Mechanical stress analysis of complex systems
  • coustic wave propagation, acoustic sensing

Embedded Electronics/Wireless Integration

PetroMar’s team of embedded systems designs and computer engineers can use industry custom interfaces and/or standard solutions to add signal conditioning, wireless or wired networking, data processing, control, and other functionality to increase the value of your sensor product to your customer.

Examples of standard wireless protocols which can be integrated with your sensor include:

  • ZigBee™
  • WiFi™
  • Bluetooth™
  • Cellular radio

Proprietary solutions can also be implemented if required.

Data Acquisition, Data Processing, and Data Analysis/Analytics

A sensor’s data acquisition system can be integrated into one compact assembly or distributed as discrete components, in either case communicating with a data store over one of many industrial buses or Ethernet.

PetroMar can integrate all of the measurements into a common data store (typically based on an industry standard SQL database) and provide customized visualization and analytical tools to assist in Process Control as well as Research and Development activities. The analytical tools can include inversion techniques and cluster analysis methods. The use of industry standard data storage facilitates seamless integration with off the shelf Statistical Process Control (SPC) tools to analyze the collected data, either historical or on line.

Design and Packaging for Harsh Environments (High Temperature, High Vibration/Shock, High Pressure)

If a sensor needs to withstand harsh environments, PetroMar can be a valuable Open Innovation partner with extensive subject matter expertise.

A key aspect of successful product development is a detailed understanding of the operational environment in which the product will be deployed and used, and a packaging design which is optimized for that environment. The PetroMar team has developed dozens of commercially successful sensors and sensor-based products for such harsh environments as:

  • downhole oil & gas exploration (150C to 210C+ ambient temperature, up to 30,000 psi ambient pressure, high-humidity, high-vibration, up to 1000g shock resistance required)
  • aerospace (125C+, high-vibration, high-shock)
  • industrial (85C+, high-vibration, high-shock, high-humidity)

Such experience involves use of special techniques (e.g. circuit design, PCB layout, shock/vibration isolation design, etc.), processes (soldering, PCA assembly, product manufacturing, etc.), and materials (laminates, solders, adhesives, elastomers, etc.) to ensure that the electronics, actuators, packaging and other aspects of a product will meet and exceed requirement.

 

Please contact us at innovation@petromartech.com to learn more about how we can bring our energy + innovation to bear on your sensor technology needs.