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FEMTO SENSING INTERNATIONAL announces new Premium Grade FBG Instruments Manufacturing and Sales Cooperation Agreement with FUGRO and FAZ Technology

ATLANTA and AMSTERDAM (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

 

FEMTO SENSING INTERNATIONAL (FSI) has licensed a new family of industrial grade premium performance and high reliability optical sensing instruments based on FUGRO’s patented technologies serving civil and geotechnical engineering, aerospace, marine, railways, energy, industrial and other applications.

The first product available is the flagship FAZT-I4G FBG Interrogator. It is the ultimate precision and repeatability instrument in the global market. Other world-leading FUGRO patented Optical Sensing Instrument designs included in the Manufacturing and Sales Agreement between the two companies include the FAZT-I4-16 sixteen channel ultimate precision interrogator, the M64S4 sixty four channel expansion module, and other advanced instrument technologies under development, all of which shall be gradually released by FEMTO SENSING INTERNATIONAL over the coming months and years as the company absorbs each new corresponding FUGRO licensed technology and ramps-up its manufacturing, test and calibration, and support capabilities for each new instrument model.

Andrei Csipkes, Chief Executive Officer of FEMTO SENSING INTERNATIONAL commented that “The cooperation between FUGRO and FSI is widening the field for the deployment of optical sensing solutions. Our team of experienced engineers is making efforts to accelerate the rate at which we can absorb the newly licensed instruments patents and designs from FUGRO and to ramp-up our volume manufacturing capabilities in preparation for serving the expanding markets that will be addressed with this new portfolio of premium grade FBG Monitoring Instruments”.

“FSI’s strategic alliance with FUGRO focuses on diligently developing and releasing top performance and high reliability Optical Sensing Instruments. FUGRO’s system level measurement experience in the real world and its FAZ Technology portfolio of state-of-the-art patented instruments is now aligned with FSI’s proven supply chain management and manufacturing technology to benefit customers worldwide” stated Martin Farnan, Vice-President of FAZ Technology Engineering at FUGRO.

FUGRO is the world leading provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions. These are critical to the sustainable development of natural resources and sustainable construction and operation of large facilities and infrastructure. FUGRO is headquartered in The Netherlands and has facilities and operations worldwide (http://www.fugro.com). Its FAZ Technology Optical Sensing R&D Center is in Dublin, Ireland (http://www.faztechnology.com).

FEMTO SENSING INTERNATIONAL provides premium performance and reliability FBG Monitoring Instruments. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, USA, with Applications Engineering and Software Support in Sweden, and Instruments Manufacturing in Singapore (http://www.femtosensing.com)

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FAZ TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2018

In 2018 FAZ will attend or be represented at a range of conferences and exhibitions. Appointments should be arranged before the conference by contacting our offices.
We will present papers at ECSSMET2018 and OFS ’26 and attend IEEE and EPIC events.


FAZ Exhibitions


SPIE Photonics West
The Moscone Center
San Francisco,
USA
27th Jan to 1st Feb 2018
Booth 4096


European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials & Environmental Testing (ECSSMET2018)
ESA/ESTEC,
The Netherlands
28 May – 1 June 2018

 

CLEO Pacific RIM 2018
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
Hong Kong.
29 July to 3 August 2018


Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS ’26) – (link)
“Olympic Capital”
Lausanne, Switzerland.
24th to 28th September 2018


ICSO 2018 – International Conference on Space Optics (ICSO) 2018 – (link)
09 – 12 October 2018,
Chania, Greece.


In addition FUGRO is in attendance at many events (Contact FAZ to arrange a meeting as not all events will be attended by the Fibre Optic team)

Fugro Events

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FAZ TECHNOLOGY AND FBGS ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO FOCUS ON MEDTECH ARENA

October 30, 2015, FBGS announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with FAZ Technology, Ltd., a subsidiary of Fugro NV, the premium manufacturer of ultra-high resolution measurement devices for Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors.  Within the partnership, FBGS has the exclusive rights to commercialize the FAZT interrogator platform to the medical market worldwide.

The FAZT Interrogators can be considered as a revolutionary new breed of interrogators for FBG sensors.  Developed for a leading end-user of optical sensors, it is the first sensor interrogator based on a proven telecom tunable laser platform, which delivers unprecedented precision and accuracy.  The integrated electronics and embedded software allow the user to quickly adapt the performance parameters to fit many different sensor configurations.  High-speed data acquisition and an on-board data processing enable straightforward real-time measurements with an extremely high wavelength precision (down to 0.1pm @1kHz).

The partnership will reinforce FBGS’ foothold in the medical market.  Eric Lindner, CEO of FBGS states “Aligning with FAZ Technology gives our customers a unique access to a cutting edge technology that perfectly complements our existing interrogator portfolio and opens new opportunities in the medical market for the current and next generation of FBG sensors.”

The access to this high-end interrogator platform will allow FBGS to launch next-generation turn-key fiber optic sensing solutions based on FBGS’ new fiber developments for “strain-independent temperature monitoring”, “high-resolution localized shape sensing”, and “3D force sensing”.

The partnership is also strongly supported by FAZ Technology.  “We are excited to develop the medical market through FBGS. Due to their unique product portfolio and strong market knowledge, FBGS is in excellent position to develop this market for us. The combination of both of our complimentary products will also bring new sensing capabilities forward to the medical industry and beyond.” says Johannes Singer, CEO of FAZ Technology.

 

For more information, please contact FBGS at info@fbgs.com  or FAZ at info@faztechnology.com

 

About FBGS

FBGS (www.fbgs.com) is a Belgium/Germany-based developer and manufacturer of high strength Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) using draw- tower technology.  These ‘Draw-Tower Gratings’ – DTG® – are commercialized by FBGS as an OEM component into the fiber optic sensing industry and are applied worldwide for both standard and tailored sensing applications in industries such as medical, oil & gas, composite, transport, processing, civil & geo, telecom, and the general R&D arena.

 

About FAZ Technology

FAZ Technology (www.faztechnology.com), a subsidiary of Fugro NV, is a developer of high-end optical sensing systems and solutions for a wide range of applications. The core FAZ platform technology is based on tunable laser-based fiber optic interrogation platform for high-resolution and high-speed recording of optical spectra, primarily targeting fiber optic sensors. Additionally, FAZ Technology has a portfolio of proprietary Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG)-based sensors for pressure, vibration, sound and tilt detection that provide cutting-edge performance in precision, accuracy and reliability. The FAZ Technology fiber optic-based sensing solutions are especially suitable for oil & energy applications, machine & (marine) vessel monitoring, geotechnical and geoscientific surveys, structural health measurements and industrial process & equipment monitoring.

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FAZ Technology and FBGS demonstrate advanced capability sensor

At OFS ’24 – The international conference on Optical Fibers held in Brazil,  FAZ Technology and FBGS demonstrated sensors with an enhanced capability to separate strain and temperature measurements. Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBGs) are used in various industries and interest in the technology is still growing. However, the cross sensitivity between strain and temperature can, in certain applications require the need for a temperature compensation FBG to be associated with the strain FBG. An alternative approach is to use FBGs written in birefringent or Polarization Maintaining (PM) fibre. These PM-FBGs (or Bi-FBGs) have a double Bragg peak that allows the simultaneous measurement of strain and temperature but this is often at the expense of the measurement accuracy. At OFS 24 FBGS and FAZ Technology demonstrated enhanced capability of an order of magnitude improvement over existing solutions when using these sensors. The full paper published at OFS ’24 is available here and a video of the demonstration is published here.

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Fiber vs Electronic Sensors

Sensors that use electronics use voltage (millivolt, microvolt, nanovolt) and Analogue to Digital (ADC) conversion to convert the voltage to a digital value. Sensors that contain Fiber Bragg gratings use the wavelength of the reflected light measured in nanometers, picometers and femtometers and the equivalent of the ADC is an optical interrogator which translate the wavelength in a digital value. When designing/using electronic sensors the key parameter of sensitivity is specified as volts per minimum resolution of the measurement e.g 100 millivolt (mV) per Pascal for a pressure sensor or 30mV per gravity (30mV/g) , or 1mV per degree Celsius (1mv/°C)

Fibre Bragg gratings use a change in the wavelength of the light reflected from the FBG (Fibre Bragg Grating). The optical interrogator must resolve the wavelength change to a high resolution in order to translate the measurement into a digital value. So the important parameters of sensitivity of a sensor is picometer change in wavelength with respect to the parameter to be measured. e.g. 10 picometer (pm) per degree Celsius (10pm/C), for pressure the typical figure might be 30picometer per pascal (30 pm/Pa), and for an accelerometer it would be 30pm per gravity (30pm/g). (see S.I units documentation for lists of possible standard measurement parameters http://physics.nist.gov/Pubs/SP330/sp330.pdf )

A second parameter of interest is the sample rate of the system. In the case of instrument electronic sensors ADC are usually obtained with a sample rate of from ‘DC’ to 100ksps (100 kilo samples per second) with effective resolutions from 8bit to 20bits. The FAZ optical interrogators are designed for sample rates from ‘DC’ to 44Khz and an effective resolution of up to 20bits (120dB).

The noise floor of an electronic circuit is also an important parameter and us usually represented by volt/√Hz, the equivalent parameter for an optical interrogator is fm/√Hz which can be calculated by taking the square root of the sample frequency (1Khz) and dividing it into the resolution (e.g for a 3Khz 10nm scanning range the I4 noise floor is 18fm the noise per root Hz would then be  18fm /√3000 = 0.33 fm/√Hz). Using these calculations enable us to compare electronic and optical sensors. In seismic applications the FAZ solution matches the performance of electronic sensors with the added benefits of:

  • Do not require any power to be supplied to the sensor
  • Immune to electromagnetic interference
  • Ability to transfer measurement signals over long distances (~10 km)
  • Multiplexing of sensors to enable large sensors counts
  • Suitable for more extreme environments than electronic sensors

 

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