Flusso starts new growth phase
If you’re a computer geek, you’ll know all about ‘Hello, World!’.
As it’s usually the first program that gets written with any new programming language, because it ignores any input and simply outputs or displays a message similar to ‘Hello, World!’. By extension ‘Hello, World!’ has started being used to signal a new beginning, which is exactly what I want to share with all of you. The beginning of an exciting new phase for Flusso!
You can read the full press release by clicking below. But more interestingly let me tell you how I see it. I am excited because Flusso is suddenly now part of something much bigger. Something global. Where we can allocate even more resources to our customers and towards new product developments. Where we can now look even further ahead. And be truly ambitious.
But I’m also keen to stress to all our customers, suppliers and partners that it’s absolutely business as usual. There are no changes to the team. No changes to the brand. No changes to our product and technology roadmaps. And the FLS122 is still planned for next quarter.
Plans for accelerated growth are already underway. In one year’s time we aim to be where we would have been in two years without the acquisition. And in two years, where we would have been in four. I am simply looking forward to getting there and bringing all of you with us!
Most importantly our mission hasn’t changed. We exist to improve people’s health and well-being. Improve their quality of life. And to provide them with increased comfort and safety, while enabling new energy savings. All through our flow and gas sensing solutions. Join us and let’s start making more of an impact for everyone and for our environment!
Andrea | CEO and co-founder
Q4 production for FLS122
Flusso has announced it will be advancing its FLS122 air velocity sensor into volume production in Q4 this year. The company will be accepting orders from 1 October, and expects to make first shipments towards the end of the month.
At the same time, it will also launch its new FLS122 evaluation kit and publish a complete package of design support materials for the new flow sensor on its website.
The FLS122 was announced in May as the world’s smallest air velocity sensor, specifically targeting thermal management applications in data centres, servers and gaming PCs. But on account of its size and flexibility, customers are already evaluating it over an even wider range of applications in consumer, industrial and healthcare markets.
The FLS122 is easy to integrate directly into flow paths without needing a pressure drop element or flow fixture; it can be calibrated to measure air velocity or system flow; and the sensor firmware (supplied by Flusso) supports different calibration options depending on the use case.
Flusso flow sensors help beat the heat
Climate change is making heatwaves 10 times more likely.
We've had three major heatwaves recorded in the UK this year and China has been suffering an unprecedented 70-day period of drought and high temperatures. My partner and I recently installed an air source heat pump in our apartment in the UK and, although it has done a marvellous job of keeping us comfortable in 35°C+ weather, I can’t help but feel part of the problem.
Rising global temperatures and air conditioning have a complicated relationship. Hot weather is driving a growth in worldwide demand for these systems but they are energy-hungry appliances that already consume around 10% of global electricity production. In most cases, this energy is still generated from fossil fuels and contributing to global warming.
The challenge, both for the industry and governments, is to support continued improvement in living standards while also reducing CO2 emissions. And for a growing proportion of the world’s population improved living standards will include air conditioning systems, so we must do as much as we can to improve their energy efficiency.
Obstructed air filters is one of the key sources of inefficiency in many installations. Reduced air flow increases the energy consumption of the fans and reduces the efficiency of the chiller. Changing filters is a costly and dirty activity that generates waste, so it’s important to do it at the right time too.
Active filter monitoring using flow and differential pressure sensors is an effective solution that up until now has been reserved for only the most expensive systems. Flusso’s flow sensors offer the same functionality at a fraction of the cost and are suitable for high volume manufacturing. We’re working with some of the largest manufacturers to reduce the energy use, filter waste, and running costs of the next generation of air conditioning systems.
Combined with zero carbon energy generation from solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear sources I’m hoping we and our planet can both stay cool and comfortable.
Chris Rosser | Head of Systems and Applications
We’re off to Electronica 2022
Flusso will be showcasing its new FLS122 air velocity sensor at this year’s Electronica trade fair in Munich (15 to 18 November). It’s the first time the company will have exhibited at what’s certainly the world’s leading exhibition for electronics, which was last held as an in-person event in 2018.
Team Flusso will be in hall B3 on stand 537 and we’re all looking forward to meeting you. We’ll be featuring some our latest application demos and new sensor innovations, as well as the super-sized models of our FLS110 and FLS122 sensors that we now routinely use to show customers just how many features we’ve packed into our tiny sensors.
Image credit: Messe München GmbH
Amazing facts about flow
How are hurricanes measured?
2022 has certainly been a year of extreme weather events – with scorching heat, wildfires and droughts. And it’s not over yet, as September is typically the most active month of the Atlantic hurricane season.
But have you ever wondered how hurricane windspeeds are measured? Because it relies on several complementary sensing and measurement technologies.
The intensity of a hurricane is measured on the Saffir-Simpson scale: from category 1, with maximum sustained wind speeds over 74 mph (or 33 m/s), up to category 5 with speeds in excess of 157 mph (or 70 m/s).
When they are far out to sea, hurricanes are monitored using sensors on satellites to get reasonably accurate estimates of their windspeeds. But as they get closer to land, more precise data to track their development and movement is gathered using sensor packages dropped into the storm by specialised, instrumented aircraft called Hurricane Hunters.
These dropsondes are equipped with GPS receivers to collect satellite data to calculate wind speeds and direction; pressure, humidity and temperature sensors; and radio transmitters to send all the collected data back to the aircraft overhead every 0.5 seconds.
The aircraft are also equipped with stepped frequency microwave radiometers to measure the surface brightness temperature of the ocean to calculate surface winds. When the storm is about to hit land , a network of ground-based doppler radar systems is used to give a close up and more complete view of the wind field.
This life-saving data is vital to enable accurate prediction of the path and development of tropical storms and provide evacuation advice to those who may be at risk.
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