Our sensors only show their value when they are being used. Success stories from different applications and industries at a glance.
Where can you find our sensors?
Our sensors only show their value when they are being used. The requirements and areas of applications for our products are as diverse as our customers' industries. The application stories on this page show you a few exemplary applications. They can inspire your daily business and give you an insight into complex technical solutions.
Read the success stories of our sensors now and discover how Althen can help to write yours!
Torque sensor for testing the most fuel efficient hydrogen car in the world
To create the most fuel efficient hydrogen car in the world, Green Team Twente has made a test setup with a torque sensor, to measure the efficiency of the car's drivetrain.
Eddy current sensors for measuring climate change
The satellites of the GRACE-FO mission are the first to transmit worldwide data on soil moisture and groundwater levels on a regular basis. The precise communication between them is technically realised by the KD-5100 Eddy Current Sensor: it ensures a nanometer-precise deflection of laser beams.
Weighing to the milligram
The weighing of product components in many production processes requires the highest accuracy. The necessary machines are therefore often constructed in a complex way. But there is another solution for this: Althen has developed a simple, reliable and cost-effective construction for such weighing stations.
Smart railway sleepers with multi-sensor solution
The Dutch company ProRail (responsible for all railway tracks in the Netherlands) is testing new types of durable sleepers in a testing ground on a stretch of track. The test takes two years, and trains continue to run during the test. Read how we participated in this project with an integrated multi-sensor solution.
Submersible Sensors and Maintenance test of the lock Noordersluis
In 2029, the Noordersluis between IJmuiden and Amsterdam will reach the end of its technical life. Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) is investigating what maintenance must be done to keep the current lock in operation until the new lock is delivered.
Airflow measurement of a personal electric aircraft
The personal electric aircraft of the Silverwing Team (TU Delft) features the multi-purpose airflow measurement device Aeroprobe. Flow parameters such as airspeed, angle of attack and side-slip angle ensure the aircraft can fly stably in the air while also doing so most efficiently.
Pressure Sensors for the Delft Hyperloop braking system
In 2019 the Dutch Delft Hyperloop student team has once again competed in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. Pressure Sensors offered the team real time information about the pressure within the pneumatic actuation system both during the final run as well as during various leak tests.
Tow Test Force Measurement System for the Ocean Cleanup
Althen Sensors & Controls has developed a Tow Test Force Measurement System for the Ocean Cleanup to measure the forces between the towing vessel and the clean up system. The measuring system provides information for safety and maintenance prevention.
Wireless Wheel Load System for Trams and Metros
For maintenance purposes of trams and metros we developed a Wireless Wheel Load Measurement System to accurately weigh and determine the balance of each and every individual axle.
Laser sensors for the Hyperloop
Since 2015 SpaceX, a company of Tesla´s CEO Elon Musk, organizes the Hyperloop Pod Competition to accelerate the development of the Hyperloop concept: a high-speed transportation system using near-vacuum tubes in which pressurized vehicles travel.
Vibration measurement system for mobile energy generators
This advanced system knows the difference between a heavy vehicle and an earth quake. If an earthquake is detected the relays will shut down the regenerator.
Fiber Optic Pressure Sensors monitor ground conditions
Althen participated in a pilot project in the Harbour of Rotterdam. The pilot involved the construction of a new pier for large ships. A test for the WLPI optical Sensors.
Construction safety monitoring in underground parking
Sensors are regularly used in the civil sector to improve construction safety.
Force Sensors improve performance of ski jumping
Force sensors improve performance and revolutionize ski jumping around the world.
Measuring force on trawl nets
A practical application for shackle load cells
Robust Linear Sensor for Paper Machine
Producing 1500 meters of paper, with a width of 9 meters every minute: that is the capacity of today’s paper making machines. It’s a lot of paper moving at a very high speed.
Force sensors for monitoring safety chains
Vehicle test beds are subject to extreme conditions. Constant monitoring of safety chains on vehicle test beds is therefore indispensable for safety.
Mobile Measuring System keeps helicopter in balance
How to determine the center of gravity of helicopters? A solution in two suitcases.
Securing track stability
Trams have become a vital part of the public transport system in many cities. However, the tracks need to be maintained on a regular basis to ensure long-term transport safety.
GL980 Graphtec Datalogger for monitoring the movement of a lighthouse
Reliable and precise measurements: Monitoring the movement of a lighthouse for error-free tidal range and wave measurements.
HeliNav Loadmaster – force measurement system for suspended helicopter loads.
Tilt Measurement System for antenna masts, radio telescopes or wind turbine blades
Aligning antenna masts and leveling platforms or machines often calls for extreme precision. This is made possible by high-precision two-axis tilt sensors that are rugged enough for harsh environments.
Tilt Measurement System for turbines, concrete pillars and crane load
Heavy-duty transports can move items weighing several tons. To make sure these items remain in the correct orientation during transport as well as loading and unloading, they need to be constantly monitored.
Tilt measurement of an hydraulic hammer
How to measure tilt on a hydrohammer (hydraulic hammer)? A hammer strikes the tube into the ground and causes enormous mechanical vibrations. This mechanical "noise" is the biggest problem for standard sensors.
Measuring high fuel efficiency of a hydrogen car with a Torque Sensor
The Eco-Runner Team is a student team of the Delft University of Technology. Every year they build a vehicle that is as fuel efficient as possible. Next to that, the vehicle is powered by hydrogen.
Rotating Torque Sensors for Capping Medicine Bottles
Rotating Torque Sensors are playing a vital role in packing leading edge medical test kits at Axis-Shield in Dundee, which develops new diagnostic compounds that help with the early identification and management of critical illnesses.
Sensors for successful British wine
Behind the rise and rise of English wine, British engineers and technologists are busy developing new systems and aids for the vine growing industry. Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology Ltd tells his part of this success story.
Eddy current sensors for laser communication in space
The KD5100 position measuring system is part of an "LCT" terminal that is used to transmit data by laser beam - at a speed of up to 1.8 gigabits per second over distances of up to 80,000 kilometers.
Miniature Load Cell for measuring slipstream in speed skating
In fast endurance sports such as racing, cycling and speed skating athletes often race in groups. The drivers behind the leading athlete can take advantage of the slipstream and thus save power. A student from Maximilian-von-Montgelas-Gymnasium in Vilsbiburg has examined this effect in more detail.
Valve diagnostics with data logger GL220/240
With industrial valves, changes in tightness and closing force are inevitable during the operating process. The use of a valve diagnosis system for machines and plants avoids failures and makes necessary maintenance work easier to plan.