ABB’s non-invasive sensor wins at German Innovation Awards

May 30, 2019

ABB was awarded Gold at the German Innovation Awards in the category “Excellence in Business to Business – Electronic Technologies” for its new non-invasive temperature solution. The award was presented during a gala event held at the Museum of Technology in Berlin.

The device is the first temperature sensor to provide a simple, non-invasive means of measuring the temperature of an industrial process without sacrificing the accuracy and responsiveness of conventional invasive sensors.

According to ABB, temperature is one of the most critical process parameters to ensure the safety, quality and energy efficiency of industrial plants. ABB’s non-invasive temperature sensor offers a safer way of measuring without the need to shut down, drill a hole or install a thermowell – a thermometer mounted in a protective shield.

The technology breakthrough of the measurement solution lies in the double-sensor design of the measurement probe, combined with a specially developed model-based algorithm estimating the medium temperature. Two sensor elements located close to each other record not just the temperature but also its local spatial distribution and dynamics over a short time scale. This extra information is converted into a process temperature estimate with unparalleled accuracy and responsiveness.

ABB’s non-invasive temperature sensor was developed jointly by the Group’s German Corporate Research Center and its Measurement & Analytics business.

The German Innovation Awards are organized by the German Design Council, created in 1953 by the German Federal Parliament and endowed by the Federation of German Industries. For 66 years the German Design Council Foundation has been pursuing its goal of promoting companies.