What are some other possible applications?
Alt: Besides applications related to medical technology, the sensor can also be used in other fields. It is suitable for all cost-sensitive flow measurements and applications pertaining to respiration and anesthesia, process automation, laboratory devices, and fuel cells. The sensor offers many possible applications.
You mentioned that the current pandemic has fueled an increased demand for these sensors. Was Sensirion able to quickly rise up to the challenge?
Alt: Many companies were taken by surprise by the increasing demand and are partially not agile enough to respond with applicable production quantities. It was also an enormous challenge for us, but thanks to our innovative CMOSens technology and a high degree of automation, we succeeded in meeting the rising demand. We expect our production volumes to be between three to six times higher in 2020.
Do you already know what comes next in your sensor development process?
Alt: Our sensors are very versatile and suited for many applications besides use in the medical realm. We continuously work on improving our devices and collaborate with our customers to chart a new course. We have a very extensive sensor solutions portfolio that – as aforementioned - covers sensors for inspiratory, expiratory and proximal flow measurement for respiratory support in adults and neonates. We also offer both single-use and reusable options. That’s why manufacturers can obtain all the sensors they need from us, which subsequently fast-tracks development and speeds up processes.
Are you planning to be part of the next COMPAMED trade fair despite the current circumstances?
Alt: We have never missed being a part of COMPAMED in the last ten years and we don’t plan to break our streak now. We go with the flow and hope for the best.