From basic research to industrial process measuring technology
Solid electrolyte research began in Greifswald in 1954. The world basic patent for gas analysis with solid electrolytes was created here in 1958. Together with industrial users, the "Solid Electrolyte Research Group" of the Ernst Moritz Arndt University developed new sensor systems. For example, the world's first flue gas probe for optimizing large combustion plants was put into operation in Dresden in March 1968. As early as the 1960s, Greifswald developed the scientific basis for the lambda probes for measuring oxygen in exhaust gas, which are now commonly used in the automotive industry. Until its termination in 1999, the research group published more than 150 scientific publications and applied for about 100 patents.
Members of the "Solid Electrolyte Research Group" and the "Scientific Instrument Engineering of Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University" founded ZIROX Sensoren und Elektronik GmbH at the beginning of 1990. Based on the knowledge acquired in the research group, the company is engaged in new applications of solid electrolyte sensors in process measurement technology.
Today, ZIROX GmbH is a worldwide leading manufacturer of high-quality gas analyzers and measuring systems based on solid electrolytes. A number of products have a worldwide unique position, such as the catalytically inactive potentiometric oxygen measuring cell. This cell combines the advantages of classic high-temperature solid electrolyte sensors with those of cold electrochemical oxygen sensors (Clark cells).
In addition to the basic technology of solid electrolyte sensor technology, other sensor principles have also been adapted and new measurement methods developed for several years in order to provide users with customized solutions for their specific measurement tasks.
In 2020, approx. 900 calibrations and repairs were carried out and approx. 3,600 devices and measuring systems were sold to customers in 73 countries worldwide. Thereby, the type spectrum comprises approx. 750 device and probe variants. The close integration of development and production, which features a manufactory character due to the special requirements, enables very short response times for customer-specific system development.
ZIROX Sensoren und Elektronik GmbH
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Phone: +49 3834 830900
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