If additive glass printing were possible without technical limits, IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH would manufacture grid-strengthened sensor housings made of membrane glass. An innovative solution, which would not only guarantee better protection of the sensors, but also provide better thermal insulation and be more pressure-stable as well as moisture-permeable – a clear non plus ultra for sensor technology. Until then, IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH is working on the combination of different glass printing processes together with the Technical University of Ilmenau as part of an innovation project created in the “AMglass+” network. “From this, we hope to be able to produce structures that are very fine and complex and therefore difficult to manufacture by pressing. The main area of application in our company would be thin and filigree sintered glass bodies,” says Dr. Schütze. Dr. Hansch from IL Metronic’s management is always open to new projects, so the way is paved within the company for innovations in the early stages. However, later practical implementation in the company’s production often turns out to be a challenge, “Giving up established processes that are running well and forcing a changeover naturally brings difficulties,” explains Dr. Schütze.
IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH
With its foundation in 1992, IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH continued a 30-year tradition in the production of glass feedthroughs for sensor technology. Until today, the business fields of IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH are customer-specific applications in the fields of pressure, humidity and UV sensor technology. In these fields, the company’s product portfolio ranges from sensors, sensor modules to electronic devices, which are developed, manufactured and distributed by IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH. Here, the 80-strong team of engineers and highly qualified specialists repeatedly demonstrates its innovative ability.