Innovations in sensor technology aim to address many of the challenges that limit the application of sensors and similar devices. Sensors remain one of the most crucial components in machine automation, feedback, and control. Different types of sensors suit different applications such as industrial, agricultural, manufacturing, and transportation. Consumer and health care devices also require sensors to function. The growing market for sensors is also fuelled by advancements, where the most notable are detailed below.
Miniaturisation of sensors
The primary proponent which drives sensor manufacturers to look into producing smaller sensors with enhanced capabilities is the Internet of Things. The higher demand for connectivity also means that almost any device that can be controlled using the internet will need sensors to facilitate this function.
Smaller sensors are also a trend in the industrial sector, especially in more rugged applications. A linear position sensor with improved stroke-to-length ratio and built-in electronics is more compatible with hydraulic and pneumatic instrumentation than earlier predecessors of the same technology.
Most applications today also require using multiple sensors with little to no footprint and consistent performance that will not degrade with regular wear and tear. By making sensors smaller, the devices will also require less power to function.
Digitalisation of sensors
Another trend that is shaping the sensor market is digital and smart sensors. Once again, this is primarily caused by the booming demand for devices that are compatible with the Internet of Things. Many of the typical applications of sensors are already exploring the shift to IoT and, along with it, sensors have to follow suit. These smart sensors are no longer limited to capturing data but can also interpret the information which is necessary for a variety of IoT related applications.
The third trend to watch out for is sensor fusion. What this trend pertains to is the integration of multiple sensors, which is also directly connected to the IoT revolution. Smart devices require sensors which can detect different parameters while at the same time maintain robustness in a small package. These three trends overlap along with the demand for lower installation costs and better performance.
Key sensor market growth
Among the many different types of sensors, some will be in higher demand in the coming years. One example is pressure sensors. The main applications for pressure sensing are in wearable healthcare and medical devices, home appliances, drones, and transportation.
Similarly, these applications will also require pressure sensors to monitor conditions in automated industrial machines. High-powered batteries which are in high demand nowadays also call for temperature sensors.
Another key sensor market which will increase in demand is force sensing. Sensors that detect force will be useful in medical devices, aerospace applications, home appliances, and building elevators. The electric car manufacturing sector will also need these sensors for enhancing the functionality and viability of electric cars. Lastly, position sensors will also be more in-demand for diverse applications ranging from money-counting machines used for ATMs to industrial equipment used in offshore oil exploration and mining.