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Colibrys MEMS Motion Sensors for Aerospace

Colibrys is a world-leading supplier of standard and customized MEMS-based motion sensors for high-precision and high-reliability aerospace applications. Its primary activity is the design, development and production of a range of proprietary high-performances MEMS accelerometers for inertial, tilt, vibration and seismic measurements.

Accelerometers for aerospace applications

The measurement of a motion through acceleration, tilt or vibration measurement is extremely important and widely used in aerospace-related applications. Examples of applications that require accelerometers include:

  • Attitude heading reference systems (AHRS)
  • Strap down inertial measurement units (SIMU)
  • Aircraft navigation systems
  • Flight control
  • In-flight structural testing including flutter testing
  • Aerospace testing
  • Health usage monitoring system (HUMS)
  • Stabilization
  • Ground vibration testing (GVT) – wind tunnel testing
  • Modal testing
  • Landing gear response
  • Active vibration damping

Accelerometer products and services

Colibrys is clearly committed to the aerospace market and offers accelerometer products and services well beyond automotive specifications. Every sensor from Colibrys is design for high-end specifications.

Colibrys typically produces several hundred-thousand accelerometers per year, differentiating themselves through their technical specifications: high stability, low noise, low power, low weight and size as well as high reliability for safety-critical applications. The commitment of the company to critical aerospace requirements such as MIL-standards qualifications, insurance of fixed design and long term guarantee of supply.

As a military / aerospace supplier, Colibrys is very sensitive to export regulation and insuring worldwide delivery of ITAR-free products.

Inertial sensing products

The long-term stability, low vibration rectification error and reliability of our MEMS capacitive accelerometers are continuously improved to meet the increasing needs of inertial measurement unit (IMU) and attitude-heading and reference system (AHRS) products. The new MS9000 and the MS8000 products families are the best candidates for inertial sensing.

The products dedicated to inertia sensing in civilian aerospace are the ±2g, the ±10g and the ±30g but larger g range are also available up to 200g. All our products are extensively qualified and available for temperature ranges between -55°C and +125°C.

Low G inertial sensors, due to their high resolution, high temperature stability and low power consumption, are extremely good products for tilt sensing.

Accelerometers for AHRS

An attitude heading reference system (AHRS) is a particular inertial navigation system, combined of three-axis sensors (self-contained accelerometers and gyros) that provide heading, attitude and yaw information for aircraft or any subject moving in free space or under water. In general, the role of accelerometers in an AHRS application is to provide with initial attitude reference (levelling) and attitude corrections during the flight by correcting the gyro drift.

The main accelerometer parameters essential to optimum AHRS performance are bias stability, scale factor stability, axis misalignment and its stability and, second order linearity effects or VRE (vibration rectification error). Colibrys offers MS8010.D and MS9010.D as ideal products for AHRS and is continuously working on new improved versions, providing further capabilities.

Vibration sensing products

Variable capacitance sensors can advantageously replace traditional piezo-resistive products in some specific Aerospace applications. For a given acceleration range and bandwidth, the capacitive sensor offers a lower noise floor and a much better stability over time and over temperature. New VS9000 products from Colibrys are the best adapted products for vibration sensing in aerospace, which requires small size and weight, wide bandwidth and extended G range over a large
temperature range, combined with high stability and high reliability required by the safety critical aspect of the applications.

Aerospace standard and semi-custommotion sensors

Colibrys provides unique solutions for a wide range of high performance standard and semi-custom motion sensors for aerospace technology. Do not hesitate to contact us to know more about our current and future developments.

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Colibrys Present at Sensors US

This year Colibrys is celebrating its ten year anniversary and would like to invite you to visit them at: Sensors Expo, Rosemont on 6-8 June 2011 at Rosemont, IL, US, booth 403. During these few days, Colibrys will have the opportunity to present you with its range of products

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Maladière 83

2000 Neuchâtel

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+41 32 720 58 11 +41 32 720 57 84 www.colibrys.com

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7 September 2011

Colibrys has announced today the release of the MS9001.D, a MEMS-based tilt sensor targeted at industrial and aerospace markets for use typically in platform stabilization applications. The product has already been qualified for example in conjunction with satellite communication and scanning rad

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26 May 2011

This year Colibrys is celebrating its ten year anniversary and would like to invite you to visit them at: Sensors Expo, Rosemont on 6-8 June 2011 at Rosemont, IL, US, booth 403. During these few days, Colibrys will have the opportunity to present you with its range of products

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8 March 2011

Colibrys signed an agency agreement with NAV Technology, based in Beijing, China, today for its MEMS accelerometers within China. Colibrys has profited from significant growth within China across many different markets these past years, in particular for instrumentation and industrial a

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8 March 2011

Colibrys signed an agency agreement with NAV Technology, based in Beijing, China, today for its MEMS accelerometers within China. Colibrys has profited from significant growth within China across many different markets these past years, in particular for instrumentation and industrial a

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2 February 2011

Colibrys (Switzerland) has announced signing a distribution agreement with IMCA Elektronik for the distribution of its MEMS accelerometers in Turkey. Colibrys continues its worldwide expansion strategy by selecting IMCA as its distributor in Turkey. Turkey is actively investing in devel

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2 June 2010

Colibrys has signed Pewatron as distributor for its standard motion sensors in Switzerland and custom products world-wide. Colibrys' partnership with Pewatron will strengthen its presence and level of sales support throughout Switzerland and world-wide for customer specific products. This collabo

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24 February 2010

Colibrys has announced the release of its new MS9005, a ±5g range MEMS accelerometer, to complement its existing family of ±2g and ±10g products targeted primarily at attitude heading and reference systems (AHRS) applications. Developers of AHRS using Colibrys acceleromet

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27 January 2010

Colibrys (Switzerland) has appointed Treffer Technologias as Brazilian distributor for its complete range of MEMS motion sensors. Brazil and South America more widely is recognised as a new and growing market for motion sensors in a wide variety of military/aerospace, energy and industr

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2 September 2009

Colibrys has announced the release of one of the world's highest-stability, ±3g, full-range, commercially available accelerometers, the RS9003.A. Featuring micro g bias stability for platform stabilization, it is an ideal sensor designed for tilt measurement, measurement whilst drilling, b

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25 May 2009

Colibrys has confirmed launching the IRIS™ accelerometer family, the world's best open-loop MEMS accelerometer, to displace traditional vibrating quartz and electromechanical solutions. MEMS establishes new competition for historical high-end motion sensors, as typically offered b

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13 May 2009

Colibrys, a leading supplier of MEMS-based motion sensors for high-precision and high-reliability aerospace use, would like to thank all who visited the company's stand at OTC 2009, the world’s largest offshore resources industry event, which was held between the 4-7 May 2009 in Houston, Texas,

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31 March 2009

Colibrys is frequently exhibiting in the USA, in Japan and in Europe. This is a great opportunity for us to present you our products and to exchange very valuable information with you. Please do not hesitate to visit us worldwide on our booths. Exhibitions 2009 NDI

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29 January 2009

Colibrys confirmed today the consolidation of all its Seismic systems engineering activities currently located in Stafford, Texas, into its facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland. “The lack of liquidity in the oil and gas market, combined with the low price for oil, has led to a continued

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29 January 2009

Colibrys confirmed today the consolidation of all its Seismic systems engineering activities currently located in Stafford, Texas, into its facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland. “The lack of liquidity in the oil and gas market, combined with the low price for oil, has led to a continued

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18 December 2008

In anticipation to the effects of the global financial crisis and the economic recession, Colibrys has decided to seize the opportunity to accelerate the restructuring of its business. As a consequence, most of the manufacturing operations based in Stafford (TX), US, will be closed down and merge

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18 December 2008

In anticipation to the effects of the global financial crisis and the economic recession, Colibrys has decided to seize the opportunity to accelerate the restructuring of its business. As a consequence, most of the manufacturing operations based in Stafford (TX), US, will be closed down and merge

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24 September 2008

Colibrys and the Avnet Electronics Marketing business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced Avnet will distribute Colibrys’ full line of motion sensors in North America. This agreement teams Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a recognized industry expert in distribution

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24 September 2008

Colibrys and the Avnet Electronics Marketing business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced Avnet will distribute Colibrys’ full line of motion sensors in North America. This agreement teams Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a recognized industry expert in distribution

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Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd

Maladière 83

2000 Neuchâtel

Other

Switzerland

+41 32 720 58 11 +41 32 720 57 84 www.colibrys.com

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