Infrared sensor market expected to grow 7-8% annually through 2007
San Antonio, Tex. - North American markets for infrared sensors are projected to grow 7-8% per year from producing revenues of $474.2 million in 2000 to generating $815.4 million by 2007, according to analysis released Dec. 5 by Frost & Sullivan.
San Antonio, Tex. - North American markets for infrared sensors are projected to grow 7-8% per year from producing revenues of $474.2 million in 2000 to generating $815.4 million by 2007, according to analysis released Dec. 5 by Frost & Sullivan .
The study, 'North American Infrared Sensors Markets, Report 7984' reports that innovative smart sensors represent a fusion of infrared measurement capabilities with high-speed digital features, and that integrating these components into applications offers more sophisticated monitoring.
'The infrared sensors market in North America is dynamic, developing and growing,' says the study's author, Daniela Carrillo, Frost& Sullivan's sensors analyst. 'Although there are many manufacturers in the gas, optical, humidity and temperature sensor markets, most of them have not yet developed and introduced infrared sensing into their product lines.'
Infrared temperature sensors can measure extreme temperatures at a distance, which helps equipment avoid deterioration caused by harsh environments, and allows greater employee safety. These devices can also save time and money in situations where contact instruments would require machine shutdown. 'Infrared sensors can be used while machines are still in operation, which limits downtime,' says Ms. Carrillo. 'While fixed units continuously monitor temperatures, portable infrared devices are used for spot measurements in maintenance checking and quality control, and are expected to offer significant savings.'
In addition, the study adds that rapidly evolving gas sensors are gaining increased attention from users. These infrared monitors are instrumental in detecting potentially harmful gas leaks. Infrared gas sensors are accurate, responsive, non-reactive, reliable, and have long lifecycles.
'There's been a constant demand for infrared gas sensors in the chemical and petrochemical industries since they were introduced,' adds Ms. Carrillo. 'Lower manufacturing costs and continuous innovations in infrared technology are driving interest in new sectors, such the medical and automotive industries.'