Making sense of sensing technology

Advances in sensing technologies are increasing the functionality of devices in many industries including consumer, wearable devices, medical, industrial and automotive. This functionality can be delivered at various levels of integration, in terms of number of diverse sensor types included in either a single package or sensor module. Sensor solutions are available to measure a range of physical properties including:

  • Pressure sensors
  • Atmospheric and gas sensors
  • Audio sensors
  • Electrical sensors
  • Flow sensors
  • Magnetic sensors
  • Motion and position sensors
  • Optical sensors
  • Proximity and touch sensors
  • Thermal sensors
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Sensor knowledge library

Whether you are researching specific sensor technology for the first time or you want to refresh your knowledge for a new application, our sensor guides and resources an ideal starting point.

Pressure Sensors: The Design Engineer's Guide

The Design Engineer’s Guide to Pressure Sensors was created to help you understand the types of sensors in common use, their operating principles, and their modes of use (absolute, gauge, or differential). Whether you’ve designed with pressure sensors before or not, this field guide is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the technologies, insight into the various applications, and assistance in finding the sensor that’s right for your design.

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Omron IoT sensing webinar

Discover how selecting the right IoT sensors can ensure reliability and accuracy when implementing new automatic environmental response systems.

Hosted by Martin Keenan, Avnet Abacus’ Technical Director, with a technical presentation from Gabriele Fulco, European Product Marketing Manager Sensors, Omron, this webinar will provide an overview of OMRON sensor technologies, with an in-depth look at sensor types, use cases and system integration.


TE Connectivity pressure sensors webinar

Discover the keys to designing pressure sensor applications with this 30-minute technical presentation and Q&A with Nicholas Argyle, Applications Engineer EMEA, TE Connectivity.

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Sensor solutions brochure

Discover the latest sensor solutions available from Avnet Abacus.


Pressure sensors white paper

Take your pressure sensor knowledge a step further with our white paper 'Pressure sensors: Design considerations and technology options'.

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Omron sensors brochure

Discover Omron's range of innovative sensing technologies and how Avnet Abacus can help you integrate them into your designs.


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Sensor network module evaluation kit

The Sensor Network Module concept is one of the smallest available on the market and includes motion, communication and environmental sensors in an ultra-compact package.

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TE Connectivity sensor solutions

Sensors are vital to the next generation of data-driven technology. Find out more about TE Connectivity's portfolio of high-performing sensor solutions

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Simplifying your sensor solution

Determining the right types of sensor for your application, selecting the optimal technical characteristics such as precision, range of operation and speed, along with ensuring interoperability with the balance of your design is no small task. Fortunately, Avnet Abacus' pan-European team of field sales engineers and product specialists provides the knowledge and technical expertise to guide engineers to the perfect sensing solution, leading to reduced design cycles and a shorter time to market. They work closely with our suppliers to provide you with the highest level of engineering support, helping you to determine the best sensor approach for your design from market leaders including ALPS, Amphenol Advanced Sensors, Murata, OMRON, Panasonic, and TE Connectivity.

To discuss how best to incorporate sensors into your next application contact your local Avnet Abacus sales office, or click the Ask an Expert button to send us your enquiry.

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