R&D Project Leader Gas Flow
Dr. Philipp Imoberdorf
Destination: the Valais mountains
Philipp Imoberdorf is project manager in the R&D department for gas flow and differential pressure sensors where he supervises an international project in medical technology. His daily work is highly project driven. A typical day looks like this:
The first thing he does when he arrives at the office is check his email for a message from his colleagues in the Marketing & Sales Department. A few days ago the first prototype of a gas flow sensor was delivered to an international client in the medical device industry and he is waiting to hear how it was received. And today there is an answer. Smiling, he reads that the customer is very satisfied with the sensor and its function has already been tested in a respirator. The temperature-dependent calibration, which has recently been integrated by Philipp and his team, works reliably. Now the customer has requested a further development of the product which had not previously been considered. They propose that the sensor signal could in addition be humidity-stable. For Philipp it is evident that precise calibration to measure humidity will be very useful for future applications, for example for the respiration of patients in intensive care. And so he sets to work on this immediately.
A simple calibration system for the experimental inspection of the moisture components is quickly constructed. After initial measurements and discussions with colleagues it is clear that the implementation of a humidity-compensated sensor signal is possible. For this, Philipp requires a production-level calibration system. He discusses the requirements of the project with the construction team who go ahead with the design and building of the new system.
At the same time Philipp talks with the hardware and software group about any adjustments to the measurement setup and the progress of the new calibration method that aims to ensure a humidity-compensated gas flow measurement.
Philipp really appreciates the regular collaboration between the different disciplines. "In the development and improvement of sensors you can always rely on good cooperation and the great expertise of colleagues," he says.
It is thanks to this spirit of collaboration that it only took a few days before we were able to present a new sensor to the customer.
Philipp looks forward to testing the new version of the sensor in the laboratory soon. And with the knowledge that its development will one day save lives, he enjoys not only his time at work but also his free time too.