“Information on the move”...
...is a relatively new interdisciplinary technology that combines optics and fluidics. It extends to both the realisation of optical effects and components and the analysis of fluids in motion. Fluids comprise liquids and gases, but also bulk solid materials that flow through pipelines and their fittings.
Making information visible
This technology provides diagnostic and analytical methods in which certain characteristics, components or parameters of moving fluids such as density, volume, colour, or the content of harmful substances are detected and evaluated.
Optofluidics The fluid is charged with information that can be subsequently read by optical components. It thus becomes a medium that carries in itself the code for optical analysis. Devices such as cameras and sensors visualise the diagnosis in real time, without the process flow having to be interrupted.
In future, optofluidic analysis methods could replace time-consuming sampling and stabilize process flow, while reducing the number of components required and maintenance costs.