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J. Sens. Sens. Syst., 7, 359-371, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/jsss-7-359-2018
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Regular research article
09 May 2018
Sensors 4.0 – smart sensors and measurement technology enable Industry 4.0
Andreas Schütze1,2, Nikolai Helwig2, and Tizian Schneider2 1Lab for Measurement Technology, Department Systems Engineering, Saarland University, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
2Centre for Mechatronics and Automation Technology (ZeMA gGmbH), 66121 Saarbruecken, Germany
Abstract. Industrie 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are two terms for the current (r)evolution seen in industrial automation and control. Everything is getting smarter and data generated at all levels of the production process are used to improve product quality, flexibility, and productivity. This would not be possible without smart sensors, which generate the data and allow further functionality from self-monitoring and self-configuration to condition monitoring of complex processes. In analogy to Industry 4.0, the development of sensors has undergone distinctive stages culminating in today's smart sensors or Sensor 4.0. This paper briefly reviews the development of sensor technology over the last 2 centuries, highlights some of the potential that can be achieved with smart sensors and data evaluation, and discusses success requirements for future developments. In addition to magnetic sensor technologies which allow self-test and self-calibration and can contribute to many applications due to their wide spectrum of measured quantities, the paper discusses condition monitoring as a primary paradigm for introducing smart sensors and data analysis in manufacturing processes based on two projects performed in our group.
Citation: Schütze, A., Helwig, N., and Schneider, T.: Sensors 4.0 – smart sensors and measurement technology enable Industry 4.0, J. Sens. Sens. Syst., 7, 359-371, https://doi.org/10.5194/jsss-7-359-2018, 2018.

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“Industrie 4.0” or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) describe the current (r)evolution in industrial automation and control. This is fundamentally based on smart sensors, which generate data and allow further functionality from self-monitoring and self-configuration to condition monitoring of complex processes. The paper reviews the development of sensor technology over the last 2 centuries and highlights some of the potential that can be achieved with smart sensors and data analysis.
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