Below is our recent interview with Kenneth Sørensen, Marketing Director at ElastiSense:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Elastisense?
A: ElastiSense was established in Denmark in 2016 and specializes in sensor technology. The core technology behind the sensor products ElastiSense develops, produces, and distributes, is based on silicone rubber. The basic technology and years of research and development have made ElastiSense capable of developing a unique sensor portfolio, which is superior to other sensor technology in terms of flexibility, durability, and price. The technology has proven valuable within factory automation, off-road machinery, and structural health monitoring in particular, but has the potential to add value in all sorts of industrial applications.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: The latest addition to the list of features for our flagship product series, the DS-Series Displacement Sensors, is developed in recognition of our appeal to structural health monitoring. In the first couple of years on the market, we have had numerous requests and orders from customers dealing with structural health monitoring. When monitoring a bridge, a building, a dam, or even a mountainside, it is essential to be able to send the data to the cloud, in order to constantly get data about the status of the object in question. That’s IoT and DS-Series sensors from ElastiSense are prepared for that. Furthermore, the power supply can be a challenge in some locations, which is why we have developed a DS sensor version capable of running on battery power.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your products?
A: The ElastiSense product portfolio is centered around the DS-Series Displacement Sensor family. DS-Series sensors consist of an innovative, extremely strong, durable, and very efficient stretch sensor, fully encapsulated in high-grade silicone rubber, with embedded electronics. This makes it extremely durable and resistant to external influences such as rain, snow, dust, heat, cold, dirt, and other environmental and weather-related obstacles. Apart from that, the stretch sensor technology combined with the silicone rubber encapsulation, makes it bendable in all directions and tolerant to over-stroke and misalignment. The technology is unique for ElastiSense products and provides an efficient and optimal alternative to non-contact or cylinder-based sensors.
The series is developed with IoT and Industry 4.0 in mind and is basically set up to deliver data about the status or performance of any given application or engineering structure, thus enabling IoT. The standard sensor is available in different variants, including measurement ranges from 5 mm, over 20, 50, and 100mm, up to 250mm. Any other measurement range is also available on special order. The sensor is available in a 12-24V version or a 2.5-5.25V version, making it capable of running on corded power or battery power in off-grid locations.
Q: What can we expect from ElastiSense in the next 12 months? What are your plans?
A: ElastiSense will continue to develop our products to continuously ad features. More specifically we are currently developing sensors with more digitalization features. Furthermore, we will develop more mounting solutions for the products, as well as more measurement ranges. On popular demand, we are also working on an ATEX-approved version of the sensor.
Q: What is the best thing about ElastiSense that people might not know about?
A: The big advantage of sensor solutions from ElastiSense, is that they are really simple and easy to work with. The switch from other sensor technology to ElastiSense technology is easy and the cost-benefit is surprisingly good for a number of reasons:
- The sensors are very price competitive.
- Installation is incredibly simple and quick.
- The cost-efficiency over time is very good, because of the high durability and the low maintenance costs – the sensors require no maintenance at all!
- The reliability of the sensors, secures reliable data about your application, making you capable of performing predictive maintenance and preventing unexpected downtime or even accidents, which is very relevant in structural health monitoring, for example!
The most frequent feedback we get from our customers is genuine surprise over how fast they are up and running, and how valuable the data they get, turns out to be! The sensors simply pay for themselves in no time.