Monitran launches research arm
Monitran, a world leader in the development and manufacture of sensors for the measurement of vibration and displacement, has established Monitran Technology as its formal research and development arm.
The new company will concentrate on the design of innovative products that exploit the use of new materials, technologies and techniques, particularly where joint ventures or knowledge transfer partnerships are involved. Several such links are already being formed with leading industrial organisations and academic institutions.
Donald Lyon, MD of Monitran Technology, comments: "Monitran is renowned as a leading OEM of vibration sensors for general and special purposes. Historically, the product range has grown through the evolution of standard products, and this will continue. Monitran Technology has been set up, however, to handle the development and marketing of more innovative, cutting-edge products, for which specific research and partnering with other specialists may be required."
Whilst not revealed at the time (March 2008), the most notable initial development project for Monitran Technology has been the partnership with QinetiQ to develop the T3 Turbo-machinery Tip Timer.
Lyon continues: "Monitran Technology is our future-facing R & D arm, backed up by Monitran's strong heritage of over 21 years of manufacturing experience. The aim is to identify and realise market-led opportunities for the development of innovative solutions for challenging applications."
Other recent developments from Monitran's research arm include sensors able to cope with high shock-loading on wind turbines, wireless systems for wind turbines, integrated compensatory electronics to cope with bias-drift and linearity, and an acoustic emission sensor to detect defects in compressor valves.
Lyon concludes: "Our formation of Monitran Technology is both a positive response to market requirements as well as a testament to our firm belief in the design ingenuity and capability of British industry."