SUPERMICRON Future. Development. Growth. Diversification.
The SUPERMICRON technician team is working at several projects.
A new type of ink for the Smart Skin Sensor production is currently being validated in order to achieve a reduction of costs and, at the same time, to widen the offer with a greater variety of enhanced customised solutions.
Another aspect of the SUPERMICRON system being further developed regards the power supply. Advanced studies about the exploitation of alternative power supply energies are currently in progress.
This kind of solution will definitely guarantee a major battery power efficiency, minor service works and, in particular way, allow the sensors to be powered with solar energy or other types of harvest energies. A small but efficient wind generator to supply the Gateway with power is on schedule, as well.
These are the advanced dynamic projects of the SUPERMICRON team.
Subsea Strain System
The most significant and commercially outstanding project being developed is a submarine version of the Smart Skin Sensors.
As a matter of fact, the uniqueness of the sensor architecture allows to use it where any other kind of sensors with the same measuring features are not available.
Some of the most important application fields:
- Submarine oil & gas pipelines;
- Undersea structures of oil stations and offshore oil platforms;
- Undersea offshore wind turbine structures;
- Submarine seawall and harbour installations;
- Undersea portions of dams, bridge pillars, etc.
In-K Strain System
The patents owned by InSensus Project srl cover both the production and marketing of In-K Strain System, the second line of sensors and evolution of SUPERMICRON. In this case, the sensitive element is formed by ink based on carbon nanotubes and technologically advanced composite materials. The carbon nanotubes with a diameter equal to a ten thousandth fraction of human hair are an allotrope of carbon that delivers unique physical features: In-K Strain System exploits these exceptional characteristics for the strain survey.
Its development level has already reached TRL 6. The advantages of using printed carbon nanotubes are multiple:
- Lower production costs;
- Considerable minor production time of the sensors;
- Perfect repeatability;
- Extreme flexibility of the sensor dimension;
- Simple manufacturing of double and triple axis sensors.
The In-K Strain System has been successfully awarded by the European Commission, therefore receiving in 2016 a non-repayable grant within the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument (Project No. 735552). Besides, in its latest report “European Technologies for high Cooperation and Business Potential with Japan”, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Corporation has defined the In-K Strain System the most interesting Italian technology among 15 selected projects, with the highest marketing potential in Japan.