Fiber

Fiber optics make sense

Is it an anti-smoking patch for a pipe? Nope, it a sensor for measures stress and strain. The sensors sell for $1,000 a pop and a station for collecting data runs about $45,000. But Fox-Tek CEO Gary Jolly asserts that's a bargain compared to cleanup costs of a leak or explosion. Saudi Aramco has tested out the company's sensors and is planning on announcing soon on how it plans to expand its use of the sensors, Jolly said.

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