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Anglo-Japanese motion sensing joint venture

By [email protected] - 4th April 2019 - 16:37

Anglo-Japanese motion sensing joint venture, Silicon Sensing Systems, celebrates 20-year anniversary
  • Agreement signed for third decade
  • Business grows by 40% in 2 years
  • New premises to support sustained growth

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Silicon Sensing Systems Ltd celebrates its 20th anniversary with the signing of a new 10-year agreement that will continue this Anglo-Japanese joint venture (JV) through to the end of 2029.

The JV, between Sumitomo Precision Products and Collins Aerospace, has experienced over 40% business growth since early 2016. Interest in their rugged, high performance inertial sensing technologies has grown as precision motion sensing has become a key issue across an ever-broadening range of markets. Silicon Sensing Systems has already supplied its unique, patented micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology for use in navigation and stabilisation systems operating in areas as diverse as subsea mapping and rail track surveying, space stabilisation and agricultural robotics.

Steve Capers, General Manager, Silicon Sensing Systems, comments: “In the marine sector our sensors are at the heart of many attitude, heading and reference systems (AHRS) that are being used to map complex subsea terrain and to monitor the location of surface vessels. Across the board, our sensors are active in a huge variety of positioning, stabilisation and navigation applications supporting the full spectrum of maritime platforms.”

Silicon Sensing Systems’ MEMS technology spans the range of inertial requirements, from single, patented silicon vibrating ring sensors to full 6 degree of freedom inertial measurement units (IMUs). The company’s latest inertial measurement unit, DMU30, challenges market expectations by delivering the precision performance of a fibre-optic gyro-based device in a small, rugged, lightweight and low-cost MEMS package. New products are in development whilst demand for established, proven units continues to grow.

To cater for increasing demand Silicon Sensing Systems has recently moved its UK operation to new, larger premises and is transferring elements of the Japanese operation to new facilities. Extending capacity is particularly important for the growing foundry business which manufactures the MEMS devices that sit at the heart of all the company’s products and are supplied to customers worldwide.

Steve Capers continues: “Our goals are to be acknowledged as the preferred supplier, globally, of the highest performance MEMS inertial products - and as the expert in MEMS foundry services. With our new JV agreement in place and our move to larger premises underway we are well placed to achieve these goals and ready to respond swiftly to demand for any application.”

Photo caption: Inertial measurement units undergo testing at Silicon Sensing Systems in Plymouth, UK.

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