Winners: USA 2009
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2009 Awards Announced
The event featured the annual IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA Awards ceremony, aimed to recognize outstanding achievement. The judges were an international impartial panel of experts as follows:
- Dr Vivek Subramanian, University of California, US
- Mr Steven Novack, Idaho National Laboratory, US
- Prof Bill Milne, Cambridge University, UK
- Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx, UK
- Dr Moritz Riede, Institute of Applied Photo Physics, Germany
Best New Product Development AwardMilone Technologies
Milone Technologies won this award for its new eSensor fluid level strip. Typical fluid level sensing mechanisms include winding a coil down an enclosure then reeling it back up to see the fluid level, or small buoys which float on the fluid and track the level. Milone Technologies has developed and now commercialized a fully printed, thin, lightweight and flexible fluid sensor.
The "eTape" sensor consists of printed conductors on two substrates which are combined and separated by a thin membrane. This "envelope" is compressed by the hydrostatic pressure of the fluid in which it is immersed resulting in a change in resistance which corresponds to the distance from the top of the sensor to the fluid surface. The sensor provides a resistive output that is inversely proportional to the level of the liquid i.e. the lower the liquid level, the higher the output resistance. The output is so easy to read that it can be easily customized for different applications, either wired sensors or even wireless versions if connected to a wireless radio.
It can be used as a fluid sensor for measuring levels in water, non corrosive water based liquids and dry fluids (powders). The sensor can be manufactured in custom lengths to fit any application. Indeed, it can be manufactured in continuous lengths then cut to size. Applications that Milone is targeting include fluid sensors for barrels and other containers, car fluid sensors, water level indicators for high end coffee makers and in the medical area sensors in disposable IV bags which alert when the level is getting too low. The sensors are available for purchase now: see www.milonetech.com for details.
The independent panel of judges comprised of:
Don't miss the next awards at Printed Electronics EUROPE 2010 in Dresden, Germany in April 2010.