From left to right:
Professor Dr. Andreas Schütze, Jury Chairman and Professor at Saarland University
Stefan Biermann, Director of Development Industrial Engineering, MH
Patrick Sachse, Senior Product Manager IR, MH
Annett Isserstedt-Trinke, Project Manager R&D, MH
Thomas Bartnitzek, Head of Technology Development – AEM, MH
Peter Krause, AMA Chairman of the Board
Image: Bischof/Broel, AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik e.V.AMA Association for Sensor and Measuring Technology e.V.
Together with CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik GmbH, 5microns GmbH and Siegert TFT Thinfilm Technology GmbH, Micro-Hybrid Electronic GmbH from Hermsdorf receives the prestigious award for the development of a technology platform for highly reliable NDIR gas sensor technology.
An innovative gas sensor system with a novel spectral broadband infrared (IR) emitter – The development combines groundbreaking technologies from MEMS chips to the gas sensor system with special long-term stability and thus enables new applications for gas analysis even in extreme environmental conditions.
The gas sensor system has the outstanding property of exhibiting high long-term stability under very harsh environmental conditions such as high temperatures, strong temperature fluctuations and extreme humidity. This is made possible by the patented HermeSEAL® technology. For a high longevity of the sensor components, it is essential to seal them hermetically, because under high temperatures, high humidity and corresponding alternating loads, conventional adhesive and soldered joints can degrade very quickly. The new metallization and joining technology enables the construction of hermetically sealed and long-term stable infrared components and gas sensors based on them.
The measurement and analysis of gases is a key task for device development in all markets and industries: Biotechnology and Life Science, Medical Technology, Aerospace, Agricultural Technology & Food Industry, Human and Environmental Safety and Energy.
Bio-medical technology / cell incubators example:
In cell incubators, a specific and continuous concentration of CO2 is necessary for cell and tissue growth. To monitor and control this atmosphere inside the incubator, the NDIR gas sensor measures the concentration of carbon dioxide. The sensor head is placed directly in the atmosphere to be measured. The probe can be heat sterilized at up to 190 °C. Cleaning can thus be done easily and safely with little risk of cross contami-nation. The implemented compensation of temperature and pressure variations during measurement leads to less handling errors and easy integration of the gas sensor into the incubator measurement and control system. The MicroSENS Hightemp CO2 sensor convinces with low drift, high accuracy and long-term stable performance in daily use.
Example aerospace technology/oxygen generators:
In NASA’s current Mars mission, Micro-Hybrid’s hermetically sealed IR emitters, in a sensor from SmartGas, were installed in the NASA Perseverance Mars Rover. In this application for oxygen generation from the Martian atmosphere, components of the highest reliability and robustness are required to withstand severe stresses such as the enormous G-forces during rocket launch, extreme temperatures and atmospheric pressure conditions, among others.
“The growth of the global market for innovative gas sensors will increase significantly in the coming years. With our packaging technology and the combined know-how of all companies and research institutions involved in the technology platform, we convince with international unique selling points,” says Director of Sales & Marketing, Stefan Dietl.
Steffen Biermann, Director of Development & Industrial Engineering. “The cooperation with research partners from the region opens up the opportunity to expand Thuringia as a high-tech location and hot spot for optical gas sensors and its reliable MEMS components in the heart of Germany. Such a network will also be able to achieve success in further research projects in the field of quantum sensors.”
Prof. Thomas Ortlepp, Managing Director of CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik GmbH: “In close cooperation with our industrial partners, we have succeeded in developing long-term stable and highly dynamic infrared components based on our MEMS technologies and have meanwhile also produced them in series. These represent the core components of modern gas sensors for which enormous market growth can be expected in the next few years – driven by building automation, medical technology and industrial process monitoring.”