Impact

Custom sensor development

Off-the-shelf sensors span a huge range of functions and price points, but circumstances often demand a new type of measurement or manufacturing approach.

Our custom sensor development covers everything from high-reliability sensing for ultra-harsh environments to low-cost, low-power consumer devices.  

Diverse technologies

With a broad range of expertise and an impartial, technology agnostic approach, we work across the whole spectrum of sensing, selecting the optimum solution for the challenge at hand. Our work in the sensing space includes physical modelling (computational flow dynamics and finite element), analysis for new sensing principles and developing innovative machine vision and machine learning systems for robotics, agriculture and industry

High-performance, low-cost sensors

The availability of cheap yet powerful microcontrollers and GPUs has enabled much more value to be derived from commodity parts such as CMOS cameras, accelerometers and magnetic sensors.

Through value engineering of established designs, and by using novel DSP algorithms to extract more data, we are able to deliver huge leaps forward in performance while reducing costs. 

Experience

Classical to cutting-edge

Our sensing experience spans classical physics and electronics through to the latest deep learning techniques. This is underpinned by a keen understanding of the physical and commercial fundamentals that make finished products competitive and efficient.

Our sensing expertise is spread across our Boston, MA and Cambridge, UK offices. While our Boston team has particularly strong mechatronic skills, our Cambridge team leads the way in algorithms and large system integration. 

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Tech, tools & facilities

Chemistry Labs

Chemistry labs

Our chemistry labs provide dedicated facilities for industrial, consumer, food chemistry and fluidics research and development. Our microfluidics lab features specialist equipment including our Plant Design Management System (PDMS), Spraytec laser diffraction droplet size analyser and Matersizer particle size analyser. Meanwhile, our beverage lab and wet and dry labs cater for the unique requirements of rapid food-safe prototype development.

Food & beverage lab

Food & beverage lab

Specifically set up to meet the unique requirements of developing food- and beverage-safe systems, our dedicated lab means we have the necessary procedures and equipment in place to design and test new products in-house. Quantitative and scientific testing is fundamental to our science-led innovation approach, but ultimately taste tests are always needed. This is our only lab where the consumption of food and drink is not just allowed but essential!

Electronic production

Electronic production

Our flexible, responsive, and agile manufacturing facilities are ideally suited to electronic and electromechanical product builds, enabling us to rapidly build short product runs to an extremely high quality. We can build our own PCBAs using industrial representative equipment and ensure manufacturability during design. Having our own EPD facility is also extremely helpful in development, driving out DfX activities in eCAD and feeding test results back into the design process from an early stage.

Optics labs

Optics labs

Our suite optics labs enable us to build complex and high-precision optical layouts, typically for testing prototype designs and novel techniques prior to deployment. Featuring six high-spec optical benches with configurable interlocked controlled areas for high-power (class 4) laser work and specialist facilities for interferometry, spectroscopy, low-noise fluorescence imaging and photon counting. This space can be split into separate laser-controlled areas, allowing multiple experiments to run simultaneously, giving our optical engineers the capability to develop creative solutions without instrumentation restrictions.

Prototyping workshops

Prototyping workshops

Our electronic and mechanical prototyping workshops allow us to produce technically credible prototypes that bring ideas to life and offer a powerful demonstration of their value. All while maintaining extremely high standards of quality that conform to ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 regulations. Using the latest CNC and milling machines, lathes, welding gear and wire harness and cable assembly tools, we are able to produce parts very quickly and assemble full-scale working prototypes for testing and consumer trials.

Software tools

Software tools

We use a range of specialist software for model-based design and simulation. These include MathWorks Matlab and Simulink (including automated code generation and GPU acceleration), dSPACE for model based design, hardware in the loop testing and development of mechatronic systems, and CFD solutions including COMSOL Multiphysics for multiphase flow simulation. Finite element packages like ANSYS Maxwell and HFSS, CST Studio and Microwave Office are used for full-wave, transmission line and magnetostatic simulation. We also employ a dedicated compute cluster for machine learning, neural network training and continuous verification.

Case studies

VeriTherm smart thermal measurement

Digital services innovation to transform building performance  

Axsis

Axsis medical robotic concept

AXSIS demonstrates the possibilities of intelligent robotic design – robots that are dramatically smaller yet significantly more capable than existing surgical equipment.

Pietro Fiorentini subsea sensor

Developing a high-performance, zero-maintenance subsea water cut sensor

Fafaza precision crop spraying

'AI at the edge' delivers smarter farming

News & insights

Report

Driving net zero – is agritech ready to capture carbon?

10th Mar 2021

The changing regulatory and subsidy systems underpinning farming are changing radically. Furthermore, issues such as soil health, net zero and farm nature value are increasingly in the public eye.

  • AI & Analytics
  • Digital service innovation
  • Optics
  • Physical sciences
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing
Opinion

Closing the loop for true ploughing automation

21st Jul 2020

If your business is making agricultural equipment, you’d be forgiven a wry smile at the ongoing frustrations of automotive OEMs as they strive to develop autonomous vehicles

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Press release

EnfuseNet: Rewriting the economics of vehicle autonomy

1st Jul 2020

Cambridge Consultants developed EnfuseNet, a breakthrough Artificial Intelligence (AI) system for autonomous vehicles. A low-cost system that generates high-resolution depth data for vehicle perception technology.

Press release

Breakthrough unlocks progress in brain-on-a-chip technology

25th Mar 2020

Massively accelerated image processing supports development of novel treatments for neurological conditions

Events

Automate 2022
Speaker

Automate 2022 – Your front row seat to the future 

6th Jun 2022 - 9th Jun 2022
Huntington Place Convention Center, Detroit, Michigan

Automate, produced by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), is the largest solutions-based showcase of automation, robotics, vision, motion control and more in North America. Join us at this year’s Show to hear our experts speak in two dynamic sessions on the latest strategies and tools to optimise automation for business. 

Summary Construction DX Japan webinar1
Webinar

Construction DX – transformation through automation

24th May 2022
Online event

In this webinar, experts from Cambridge Consultants will reveal how adopting radical innovation approaches combined with deep understanding of the latest technology from multiple sectors can turn buzzwords into actionable opportunities. This will drive increased adoption of  automation and autonomous systems in the construction industry.

ExhibitorPanel discussion

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit 2022

22nd Mar 2022 - 23rd Mar 2022
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Hybrid Event

Join us in San Francisco for the first time in three years. Growers, agribusiness leaders, technology pioneers and investors come together to exchange insights, be inspired, and identify future partners.

Speaker

A3 Business Forum

31st Jan 2022 - 2nd Feb 2022
Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida

Join us in Orlando, Florida to meet automation manufacturers, system integrators, distributors, manufacturers' reps, machine builders, end users and start-ups to discuss the trends in robotics, vision & imaging, artificial intelligence and much more.