Supporting Sustainability Through ISO Certifications

Environmental Sustainability Practices

Climate change has catastrophic effects on our environment. We acknowledge the scientific evidence presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concerning the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help prevent average temperature increases. We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint through resource conservation, increased efficiency, product innovation, and more. From the year 2020-2023, 50% of our total energy will come from renewable sources, our energy intensity will decrease by 10% or more, and our GHG emissions will decrease by at least 15% (indexed to revenue). We have also set goals to decrease our water intensity by 10% or more. We believe these actions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate environmental impacts in our business.

Energy & Natural Resource Conservation

Part of these conservation efforts include installing electric car charging stations at our Salt Lake City, Utah and Galway, Ireland facilities. Another way we are taking action is by utilizing energy efficient variable frequency drives for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning around our campuses. For water efficiency, we have implemented a water efficient cooling system for machinery in our sensors operations. We have also xeriscaped our corporate headquarters by removing over 75% water intensive grass around our campus and replaced it with low-water resistant greenery and decorative rocks. To conserve energy, we have transitioned to LED light bulbs in all of our facilities worldwide. In addition, Merit Salt Lake City has a large garden and greenhouse dedicated to growing fruits and vegetables for our employees. Finally, we draw away waste from local landfills by recycling corrugate, paper, plastics, metals, pallets, and motor oil.

   

Sustainability-Related ISO Certification At Merit Medical & Merit Sensor

Starting in 2019, we began pursuing certifications within our Environmental Health and Safety Management System through the International Standards Organization (ISO). This is designed to monitor, measure, and report our management of environmental health and safety.

We our thrilled to announce all eight manufacturing sites around the world have certified to ISO 14001 (environmental management). Six out of our eight manufacturing sites have been certified to ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety management) and the remaining two are projected to be complete by the end of 2022. Currently, we are pursuing certification of our Energy Management System (EnMS) through ISO 50001.

For more information, visit our policies and certifications section to view the ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 official certificates.

30 Years of Pressure-Sensing Solutions

After 30 years of designing and manufacturing pressure sensors, we at Merit Sensor are happy to see our products used in so many applications. In the past year we were fortunate to support the surge in global demand for mechanical ventilators (read more here), while we continued to support other medical applications, such as blood-pressure transducers and diagnostic equipment. But our pressure sensors are used far beyond the medical field. They have been integrated for use in aerospace, automotive, consumer, and industrial fields. And more and more we see our products used in novel ways within these industries.

Merit Sensor 30-Year Anniversary

There are a couple of main factors that have helped us to flourish during the past 30 years. One has been the solid support of our parent company, Merit Medical. The other has been our involvement in the different aforementioned industries. The following discussion of our history and expertise will shed some light on these factors.

Our History

In 1991 Fred Lampropoulos, Chairman and CEO of Merit Medical Systems, founded Sentir Semiconductor. Sentir Semiconductor became a reliable pressure-sensor supplier for Merit Medical’s digital inflation syringe. In 1999 Sentir Semiconductor was vertically integrated with Merit Medical, and in 2002 the name Sentir Semiconductor was changed to Merit Sensor Systems.

In 2004 the building of a new and improved facility on the Merit Medical campus in South Jordan, Utah, commenced. This construction included a class 100 (ISO 5) cleanroom for wafer fabrication, commonly known in the industry as a wafer fab or simply a fab.

Merit Campus in South Jordan, Utah

Merit Medical Campus in South Jordan, Utah

Our Expertise

Owning and operating a fab allows us to develop unique technologies and keep them in house and also to closely monitor and control our processes. In addition to owning and operating a fab, we also have very specialized testing and calibration equipment for characterizing the performance of our pressure sensors.

Not only do we have the equipment, but we also have the expertise gained from years of experience working with technical experts in different industries. With our experience as a guide we have been able to design MEMS silicon die and pressure-sensor packages that offer the bridge configurations, pressure types (e.g., absolute, gauge, vacuum, and differential), sensitivity, stability, accuracy, media compatibility (e.g., for wet and harsh environments), temperature tolerance, and output options that provide the most value to the end application and to the customer.

Today we continue to provide pressure sensors to our parent company, while also serving many other special customers from various industries around the world.

We look forward to another 30 years of growth and success!

Trade Show Updates

We would like to inform you of our latest trade show updates. They are as follows:

The MEORGA MSR-Spezialmesse that was scheduled for March 25th in Frankfurt, Germany, has been cancelled. Our distributor in Germany, Delta Regeltechnik, plans to represent Merit Sensor at the next MEORGA MSR-Spezialmesse that is scheduled for May 27th in Leverkusen, Germany.

The Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) that was scheduled for March 17th through 20th in Milan, Italy, has been postponed until September 8th through 11th. Many thanks to GVZ Components, one of our distributors in Italy, for their hard work and patience to make this event a success for their company and for Merit Sensor.

That being said, we fully understand that trade shows in general are on standby. We are thankful to these organizations that are acting responsibly and proactively to curb the spread of the coronavirus. We look forward to when the time is right for people to attend these trade shows.

To stay up to date on our company news and events, please watch our website and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

All the best from Merit Sensor.

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Merit Sensor Demonstrates Pressure Measurement in a Diesel-Particulate Filter

We take pride in our pressure sensors and like to show what they can do. Recently at the Sensor+Test trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, we used a diesel-particulate filter (DPF) to demonstrate how our sensors can be used to indicate when a DPF is clogged with particulate and needs to be regenerated.

DPF demo Sensor+Test

Visitors at our Sensor+Test booth viewing our DPF demo

A couple of our senior engineers integrated one of our pressure sensors into a modern-day DPF. This engineering work included designing and 3D printing a coupler to connect a fan to the input end of the DPF, simulating the flow of exhaust; 3D printing a custom fan guard and generic housing for the pressure sensor; and programming a microprocessor to vary the fan speed automatically.

Our TR Series is an ideal choice for the DPF because it is impervious to harsh media, such as exhaust, and contains a MEMS die that ranges from 0 to 500 psi. For this application the MEMS die in the TR Series would be produced in a gage configuration, enabling it to measure pressure from the backside as well as the top side. The TR Series would then be calibrated for a differential output.

DPF diagram TR Series

Diagram of the TR Series measuring differential pressure, or ΔP, in a DPF

The main purpose of this demonstration was to show another one of our solutions to a real-world application. The DPF is just one of many applications for which our products are designed. We thrive on understanding our customers’ applications and providing the best solution for each one.

Merit Sensor Partners with Global Electronics Corporation

 

To our valued customers:

We are pleased to announce a distribution-sales partnership with Global Electronics Corporation based in Tokyo, Japan.

Global Electronics is a diversified electronics corporation serving high-tech companies with electronic-components distribution services, analog and sensing-technology expertise, in-house design and engineering, manufacturing, and technical-support capabilities. The company, founded in 1978, has been built upon the solid foundation of long-term partnerships with best of breed manufacturers and with a broad portfolio of unique products and superior technologies from around the world. Their distribution business has evolved into a reliable link in the mission-critical supply chain of world-renowned technology companies.

Since 1991 Merit Sensor (Sentir Semiconductor until 1999) has designed and manufactured pressure sensors for various applications, such as medical, automotive, and industrial. Merit Sensor’s proprietary Sentium technology was developed to provide a best-in-class operating temperature range of -40 to 150 degrees Celsius and a pressure range of 0 to 15,000 psi in absolute, differential, gage, and vacuum configurations.

This partnership between Merit Sensor and Global Electronics will expand the product offerings of Global Electronics and will allow Merit Sensor to provide optimal support to the regions of Japan.

To learn more about the Merit Sensor products sold by Global Electronics, you can view the portfolio online at www.gec-tokyo.co.jp/merit-sensor. To contact the sensor group at Global Electronics by phone, dial +81 03 3260 1412.

We look forward to a prosperous partnership with Global Electronics.

Sincerely,

The Merit Sensor Management Team

 

P.S.: The official press release from Global Electronics Corporation can be accessed here.

Merit Sensor Employees Serve Breakfast

A group of Merit Sensor employees and their families recently cooked and served breakfast to parents staying at Salt Lake City’s Ronald McDonald House. Guests at the facility live outside the Salt Lake area and have children who require medical attention in Salt Lake City. The Ronald McDonald House provides these parents a place to stay, allowing them to be near their hospitalized children. The meals are provided exclusively by volunteers.

Merit Sensor Ronald McDonald House

This service opportunity allowed the families of Merit Sensor employees to become acquainted with one another. The kids were happy working together; even the youngest of them flipped and served pancakes. The older kids scrubbed dishes and made cookies, while the adults cooked sausage, eggs, and bacon.

The event was organized by Wayne Rowley, manager of purchasing and procurement at Merit Sensor, who, in this case, procured the food. Many of Merit Sensor’s employees work hard not only to produce and provide pressure sensors, but also to make their community a happier place.

Rick Russell Addresses the Micro Nano Technology Special Interest Group at the University of Utah

Merit Sensor’s president, Rick Russell, spoke recently as the keynote speaker for the Micro Nano Technology (MNT) Special Interest Group to a group of approximately 80 U.S. college educators gathered at the University of Utah. The event is “a venue to share ideas and learn from others who work to educate technicians, a place to stay on the forefront of industry and workforce needs, and a forum to network and share ideas on ways to strengthen and augment workforce development programs through educational partnerships with industry for tomorrow’s micro and nano technology workforce” (MNT 2017 Special Interest Group Program).

Rick Russell, Micro Nano Technology

Rick Russell, President of Merit Sensor, was presented with a 6-inch wafer as a token of appreciation for addressing the Micro Nano Technology Special Interest Group at the University of Utah on July 18, 2017.

With over 20 years of experience working with MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), Rick has valuable industry insight to offer educators and their students. In his speech he emphasized the importance of teachers stimulating students’ interest in science and experimentation and the importance of pulling some of the less-than-stellar students out of their shells because, he argued, they are sometimes the most valuable employees in the workplace. “I can’t say enough,” he said, “about getting the kids involved.” Organizations like the Micro Nano Technology (MNT) Special Interest Group are important to companies, like Merit Sensor, that value the way students are educated and encouraged. Some of the students could end up working in the field of MEMS pressure sensors and even for Merit Sensor.

The workforce at Merit Sensor by in large comprises electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineers; technicians; and operators. The company is highly dependent on technical knowledge and skills and, therefore, looks to today’s students to bring fresh knowledge and enthusiasm to help it stay at the forefront of the industry in the face of tomorrow’s challenges.

Congratulations to the winner of the Apple Watch drawing!

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who came by our booth at Sensors Expo and participated in our crossword puzzle contest. A special congratulations to Juergen Zach, of Pentair, who won the drawing for the Apple Watch prize.  We had a tremendous turnout with a lot of entries. All the entries […]