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 very quickly set up short product runs built to an extremely high quality. We can build our own PCBAs using industrial representative equipment and ensure manufacture-ability 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


 

Pietro Fiorentini subsea sensor

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

 

Skintuition

Skintuition enables a new generation of truly personalised care products – from cosmetics to sunscreen. But it also has applications far beyond the personal care sector.

 

Analog Devices smart car park monitoring

Paving the way for low-cost, real-time sensing for smart buildings and smart cities, using machine vision and a low-cost processing platform

 

Trace positioning system

Map-based indoor navigation

News & insights


Opinion

The path to AI-powered industrial IoT

31st March 2020

IoT, data and AI offer huge opportunities across many industries – but where and how do you create most value for your business?

  • AI & Analytics
  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital services
  • Innovation management
  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Service design
  • Signal processing
  • Strategic advice
  • Tracking & location
  • User Experience (UX)
Opinion

The ‘last foot’: five technologies set to drive the future of personalization

24th February 2020

Think of a product you really feel attached to – food, makeup, an electronic device, anything. What makes it feel so special? The chances are it will be the mixture of convenience, efficacy and history that creates an emotional reaction. Making you feel special. In my case...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Augmented reality & virtual reality
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital services
  • Industrial design
  • Sensing
  • Service design
Opinion

Enabling autonomous vehicles to see in adverse conditions

23rd January 2020

During 2020, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will continue their rise as one of the fastest growing technology segments in the automotive market. As manufacturers look to increase safety and improve the driving experience...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital services
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Sensing
Opinion

Exploring the potential for non-contact monitoring for sepsis, the quick and costly killer

17th January 2020

Sepsis is a life-threatening response of the immune system to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and the risk of permanent disability or death. Detecting and treating it early can be highly effective in stopping progression. The trouble is that implementing the level of monitoring required to catch sepsis at the earliest stages is tough outside critical care settings. 

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital health
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing

Events


ExhibitorSpeaker

ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

3rd Apr 2020
Online Event., Cambridge, UK

How is the robotics industry furthering the field of human-robot interaction? Let's learn more from ARM, Cambridge Consultants, Google, Honda Research Lab, MDPI Journal, MIT Press, the ID Lab and EXGwear.

Speaker

SCOPE Summit 2020

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Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Our Head of Digital Health, Jaquie Finn features at SCOPE Summit, one of the largest global summits for clinical ops leader. Jaquie will be co-moderating a discussion – Digital technologies in clinical trials: how to choose, implement and work with vendors.

ExhibitorSpeakerSponsor

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit

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San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco

With the current levels of concern and uncertainty over the Coronavirus COVID-19, this event has been postponed. Come back soon to check the new date.

    Exhibitor

    Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo 2020

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    Hall 6, Messe Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
    Stand: #AV6122

    The Cambridge Consultants’ automotive team will be exhibiting at Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo 2020, joining industry leaders in advanced technologies for autonomous vehicle development.

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