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Robotics Expertise Meets Sensor Engineering Excellence

Robotics represents one of the most significant advancements in modern industry today. The adoption of robots and robotics has expanded across various sectors, with exciting new market trends emerging in industries like agriculture and transportation. Nonetheless, the robotics industry faces ongoing challenges, especially in sensor technology. These sensors must empower robots to quickly adapt to dynamic environments, ensuring safe and efficient operation while seamlessly integrating with the robot's control system and other components.

By harnessing the collective expertise of your product engineers alongside HBK OEM sensor technology, you can develop robots that are safer, more durable, and more efficient. Overcoming technological constraints accelerates innovation, enabling you to push boundaries further and faster. HBK sensor solutions are perfectly tailored to meet diverse application needs, offering reliable data and precise control to optimize performance.

Key Areas of Application


Precision in object manipulation is a critical skill for many industrial robots and cobots. With integrated force sensors, these robots can grasp and manipulate parts with millimeter accuracy, minimizing the risk of product damage. In industrial settings, these sensors ensure efficient and safe manufacturing processes. By measuring torque and forces on joints or directly on flexsplines, they enhance safety and transform the system into an intelligent one with continuous feedback. Integrated multi-axis sensor solutions enable better manipulation to ensure that the robot applies minimal force to the task at hand.

Pressure sensors, load sensors, and force sensors act as the eyes and hands of robots tasked with quality control. They meticulously inspect assembled products, detecting defects and ensuring compliance with the strictest standards. With these sophisticated sensors, industries can produce high-quality products with unparalleled precision.

Pressure, temperature, and flow sensors are essential for monitoring and optimizing industrial processes. These sensors provide real-time data to regulate production parameters and maximize efficiency. For instance, a robot used in automotive manufacturing will monitor temperatures and pressures in machines to ensure optimal production standards.

The autonomy of robots relies on an intelligent combination of sensors, such as GNSS/INS sensors, force sensors, and pressure sensors. These advanced technologies enable robots to make real-time decisions and respond to changes in their environment, ensuring safe and efficient operations. In the medical field, these sensors ensure the precision of robot-assisted surgical procedures.

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Todays Robotic Engineer Challenges

We recently interviewed Ashley Sturgeon, HBK OEM Custom Sensor design engineer, about robotics applications. We talked about design methods as well as the concerns and challenges that today's robotics engineers may encounter. Read the following interview to learn from a committed professional who works every day to build sensors to create a more intelligent product.

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Your Partner Through the Entire Lifecycle

HBK’s experienced engineers specialise in designing multiple different sensors for robotics — including strain gauge-based sensors — as well as offering tailored solutions and scalable manufacturing to address challenges in streamlining processes, reducing costs, and ensuring quality. 

In a laboratory environment, pressure, temperature, and flow sensors are used to perform precise tests and analyses. These sensors ensure reliable and reproducible measurements during scientific experiments or quality controls.

Additionally, HBK provides comprehensive testing and analysis solutions that complement simulation and physical testing, aiding designers throughout sensor development and component transformation into active sensors.

In Robotics Development Laboratory: Engineers and Scientists Work on a Bionics Exoskeleton Prototype with Person Testing it. Designing Wearable Exosuit to Help Disabled People, Warehouse Workers

Manufacturers continually seek avenues to enhance profitability and meet customer satisfaction, all while maintaining a delicate balance between product quality and production efficiency. 

HBK addresses these challenges by offering sensor, electronic, and wiring solutions developed according to rigorous manufacturing quality protocols. These solutions are designed for data collection, checkpoints, and analysis, ensuring optimal safety in robot design.

To meet the rising demands of customers, online production processes must exhibit flexibility and adaptability to product changes while upholding high precision standards. With leading manufacturing capabilities in the United States, the EU, and Asia, we deliver sensors at scalable volumes for robotic enterprises of all sizes. 

Our offerings also encompass a range of Integrated Industrial Process Control solutions embedded within manufacturing processes, monitoring and guaranteeing product quality.

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Robot operators demand reliable, intuitive, and versatile sensor technologies to ensure stable feedback loops, which ensure optimal performance, increased safety, and ease of use in their automated work environments. 

Whether for navigation and localization, object detection and recognition, manipulation and grasping, or other robotics applications, HBK provides a comprehensive range of high-quality sensors, whether standard, customized, or fully tailored, to meet OEMs’ diverse needs. 

The complete solution — encompassing the housing, integrated electronics, and sensor cables — ensures that you always have the full package.

In addition to sensor solutions for robot operation, HBK offers solutions for monitoring asset condition by observing mechanical parameters over time to detect signs of wear or damage. This allows owners and operators to anticipate equipment life span, plan maintenance activities in advance, optimize operating costs, and ensure safety.

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