Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the manufacturing sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising sensor startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Sensor Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 540 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Archsys – Factory Optimization
Factory environment conditions like temperature, humidity, and pressure affect human workers, as well as impact the work of equipment and machinery. State-of-the-art sensors monitor and report these conditions to factory managers to assist them in factory optimization. These sensors also help prevent accidents and ensure quality within the factory environment.
Arch is a US-based startup that builds sensor solutions for factories. Arch POD-1G monitors temperature, humidity, pressure, shock, and vibration in factories. Wireless access points collect data on the line, inside machines, and around them in real-time. The sensor also allows integration with existing third-party sensors to supplement data acquisition efforts. The solution improves the ergonomics of the factory environment.
Retenua – Driver Assistance For Industrial Vehicles
During peak operation periods, several industrial vehicles are often simultaneously on the move, transporting essential materials to required destinations. The risk of collision between vehicles or moving parts in the factory is high, potentially leading to infrastructure damage and injuries to the workers. Sensor-assisted vehicles prevent such accidents and ensure a safe and uninterrupted production environment.
Swedish startup Retenua develops a retrofit driver assistance system for industrial vehicles. emitrace® detects reflective markers on work garments and vehicles, alerting drivers with visual and audio signals before a potential collision. The solution is suitable for both day and night-time operations. Besides, it does not require any additional data processing units on the vehicle and, therefore, has a simple installation process.
Inxpect – Safety Sensors
Sensors also monitor hazardous areas inside manufacturing units. Thereby, they reduce the risks of accidents when working with several robots, without decreasing overall performance. Through predefined safety parameters, sensors permit robots to function only when there is no evident risk to humans, machines, or materials.
Italy-based startup Inxpect manufactures radar-based safety sensors. LBK-S01 detects micro-movements in hazardous areas to prevent accidents. The solution creates an invisible barrier that puts the machine into safe mode in the presence of an operator. The sensors allow operators to work safely around moving machinery. It also prevents robots to restart during maintenance activities, creating a secure manufacturing environment.
Minto – Condition Monitoring
Condition monitoring predicts failures before they occur and reduces production downtime and maintenance costs. Sensors track machine performance and report any anomalies in performance to operators. This increases overall efficiency by alerting manufacturers to take proactive corrective actions before a breakdown occurs.
Indian startup Minto offers smart sensors to monitor real-time health of rotating machines like motors. The startup offers non-invasive devices that use machine learning algorithms to identify abnormal behavior before breakdown and performance degradation occurs. The sensors notify any need for maintenance, leading to enhanced operational efficiency.
Fuelics – Inventory Management
Manufacturing units need to maintain optimal levels of inventory to ensure production activities run efficiently and on time. However, manual inventory management is a tedious task. Sensors enable round-the-clock real-time tracking and, combined with predictive analytics, make the manufacturing process efficient and economical.
Fuelics is a Greece-based startup that develops fuel management sensors for stationary and mobile fuel tanks. Their solution, F-CDLNB Diesel Level Sensor, connects the fuel tanks to the cloud and provides insights for management needs. The startup adopts edge computing to detect operational events in the tank’s lifecycle. This reduces operational expenditures and improves the efficiency of the manufacturing process.
What About The Other 535 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 sensor startups showcased above are promising examples out of 540 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.