Sensing solutions and automated quality assessment

Sensing solutions and automated quality assessment

How do I detect leaks from a distance? How do I assess the quality of surface cleaning processes? How do I measure the malleability of dough? How do I monitor patients in care beds? Every company faces its own process issues. And human operators can only do so much. So, let’s make tech work. With sensing solutions and automated quality assessment, you can boost both productivity and quality.
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Sensing solutions and automated quality assessment

Qualitative data, the key to smarter decisions

Experienced operators usually see, hear or feel if a process is running as planned. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified operators. On top of that, people inevitably cause variance with their specific sensitivity. This limits the scalability and further improvement of the process. The good news: sensing can offer a way out by making your processes smarter.

Translating what you sense with your eyes, ears, nose, … into a working system

With our phased approach, you’ll get a clear view on costs, return on investment and risks of a new sensing solution. In other words, you get to assess the viability of an innovation with minimal financial risks. 

Step 1: business case

In this phase, we clearly delineate the challenge we want to address. Based on that exercise, we pinpoint specific requirements and materialise the value of a sensing solution, resulting in a business case.

Step 2: concept study

As soon as we have a promising business case, we tackle these questions:

  • What are potential sensing principles, i.e. which physical quantities contain information on what you actually want to measure?
  • Which sensing concepts are most suited (sensor fusion, signal and data processing, AI algorithms, etc.)? 
  • What should the architecture look like (sensor, processing, connectivity, user interface, etc.)? 
  • Which technologies and building blocks can meet the requirements, and at which cost/performance?
  • Which developments and risks will be involved?
Step 3: proof of concept

Before you switch to development, we need to focus on the viability of the project:

  • Can you reliably produce the product or service in a real-world setting?
  • What is the existing or potential market for this product or service?
  • Does the proposed idea work as predicted?
  • What technologies are necessary to smoothly run this project and produce the intended results?
  • How many resources (people, time, etc.) will you need?
  • What is the potential impact of remaining technical risks?
Step 4: development and industrialisation

Upon request, we help you in setting up a solid development plan and selecting the right development partners. More concretely, our experts can assess your partners’ proposals on quality, timing and cost, as well as the compatibility of the proposed solution with the rest of your system and infrastructure. 

Gert Heirman

Wonder what a sensing and automated quality assessment could mean for you?

Gert Heirman, Program Manager Mechatronics, is ready to find the answer together. 
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