Key Benefits of Our Sensors and Actuators

Having access to Goodfellow's specialist materials provides you with a wide range of materials available for the specific device's function, and desired performance characteristics.

Sensor materials: such as Piezoelectric materials, to convert pressure or force into electrical signals for various sensors like pressure sensors and accelerometers

Conductive materials: used in various sensors to detect electrical or magnetic fields

Optical materials: employed in optical sensors for light detection, measurement, and manipulation

Actuator materials: containing properties suitable for Shape memory alloys that enable movement in actuators

Piezoelectric materials: to convert electrical signals into mechanical motion and Magnetostrictive materials that change shape when exposed to a magnetic field.

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Solutions for the Most Advanced Sensor Devices

At Goodfellow we provide essential high performance materials for various components of sensors and actuators. 

Our product range is focused to enable improved device performance, offering materials that contribute to the development of more sensitive, reliable, and versatile sensors and actuators, while providing materials for researchers exploring the next generation of sensor and actuator technologies.

So, whether it’s microwires, thin films and silicon, or, metal oxides, piezoelectric ceramics and optical glass fibers, you’ll find everything in one place.

Our Products

Here at Goodfellow, we have over 75 years supplying advanced manufacturing materials to the scientific and manufacturing community,
bringing you expertise in supplying good quality fit-for-purpose products.

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Piezoelectric Materials:

Piezoelectric ceramics: used in pressure sensors, accelerometers, and ultrasonic transducers

Piezoelectric polymers: providing flexibility and potential for miniaturization

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Conductive Materials:

Metals: Copper, gold, and aluminum

Conductive polymers

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Optical Materials:

Optical fibres

Semiconductor materials

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Actuator Materials:

Shape memory alloys

Nickel-titanium (NiTi) alloys

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Magnetostrictive Materials:

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Sensors Products

Applications

We’re proud to supply the materials used to create high quality sensors found in a comprehensive range of areas, including:  

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Automotive

Sensors and actuators play a vital role in the smooth running and safety of the modern-day car. Piezoelectric sensors are the most common of this type, being used as pressure sensors and knock sensors, alerting a driver to any irregularities within the engine. Actuators are also used in fuel injectors, allowing for precise control, improving fuel efficiency.  

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Aerospace

Aerospace requires precise and accurate control of an aircraft on top of accurate data on the conditions the aircraft is in. Flight controls, landing gears and engine controls all make use of actuators, while sensors are used to measure speed, pressure and temperature. 

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Robotic Automation

Large industrial warehouses and production lines are fast moving towards automation and autonomy. Both sensors and actuators are the driving force behind a robotic devices' ability to move.

Sensing location and proximity to other objects, while being able to move in a precise and controlled manner are vital for this application.

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Medical

Medical procedures and diagnostic tests require precise control over the instrumentation or the subject of the tests.

CT scanners, X-ray machines, MRI machines, all contain small actuators that allow for very small movements of either the detector or subject, allowing for clearer images and quicker diagnosis.

Why Goodfellow?

  • No minimum order
  • Over 170,000 advanced materials: in one place, one of the largest range available globally
  • Materials selection, customization and development: from custom parts for prototyping through to production, and full product modification
  • Product services: machining/cutting services, rolling and metal foil production, analytical services to custom wire manufacturing, and more, we offer a full range of services to meet your needs
  • Free and fast delivery: Worldwide shipping and custom clearance, to your door. All orders are dispatched within 48 hours
  • Commercial arrangements: from call off orders, buffer stock, fixed and contract pricing and discounts for increased volumes, and more, with product traceability and compliance documentation
  • We help you innovate into the future.

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Contact us today for a quote and advice

We will attempt to provide you with an offer quickly meeting all your specification and drawing requirements. We can also make recommendations and suggest design considerations that may improve function and reduce the complexity of manufacture (and therefore cost!).

Our team of materials scientists and engineers are also on hand to recommend materials and review required properties.

When you submit your enquiry to us, please tell us about the operating conditions of your component (temperature, environment, mechanical stress), this can help us better pinpoint suitability.

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For over 75 years, we've been your trusted partner in scientific advancement, supporting researchers and businesses globally with high-quality advanced materials.

Our comprehensive catalogue features over 170,000 speciality materials, forms and components, which are available from small research quantities to larger production requirements. We offer you fast dispatch and complimentary global delivery, ensuring an exceptional customer experience.