Proceedings PaperFibre Optic Sensors - Will They Be Fact Or Fiction?
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The widespread belief that developments in fibre optics derived from applications in the telecommunications industry, if applied to instrumentation and control, might give cost/performance advantages, has resulted in the formation of the United Kingdom Optical Sensors Collaborative Association (OSCA). The objectives of OSCA are to encourage the early exploitation and application of existing information through information exchange and sponsorship on sensors and systems. Optical and opto-electronic techniques for measuring primary variables - temperature, pressure, flow, etc - in industrial measurement and control fall centrally within OSCA's remit. The current membership of OSCA was given in the presentation. Full membership of OSCA is open to all instrumentation manufacturers with manufacturing and R and D facilities in the EEC, and to contractors and users of such equipment. Affiliate members are chosen because of the contribution they can make to the knowledge which is developed and shared amongst the full members. Full members have preferential exploitation rights to OSCA's intellectual property arising from sponsored work. As will be seen from the membership list, many different spheres of industrial activity are represented - instrument manufacturers, process plant users, utilities, aerospace and automotive companies.