Humidity Sensors Summary

Major markets using humidity sensors are the machinery sector, the process industries, the building sector and weather telemetry. Motor vehicles as users of humidity sensors are up and coming.

 

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Summary

The market figures for humidity sensors refer to humidity measurements in air, gases, bulk solids (grain, flour, others) and soil. Major markets using humidity sensors are the machinery sector, the process industries, the building sector and weather telemetry (weather balloons, weather stations). Motor vehicles as users of humidity sensors are up and coming.

Humidity sensors are sensors that convert the moisture content in air, gases, bulk materials or soil into an electric output signal.

The demand for humidity sensors with higher accuracies, higher repeatability and long-term stability is growing. Wireless humidity sensors are on the rise for monitoring humidity in greenhouses, industrial applications and even in the residential sector.

Within the discrete manufacturing industries, humidity sensors are used in textile machines, printing and paper machines, woodworking machines as well as in agricultural machinery for measuring humidity in air and / or solid materials.

Major amounts of humidity sensors are required by the various process industries such as the food industry, the mining sector, the cement industry, the chemical industry, the pharmaceutical industry and many more. They are used for product quality control, in-process quality testing and for research and development. In the food industry, humidity sensors help to guarantee the quality level of flour and potato chips. Moisture sensors are also of importance in the pharmaceutical industry; here they help to avoid excessive humidity, which could alter the quality features of the final products.

Home weather stations and professional weather stations rely increasingly on humidity sensors, barometric pressure sensors and temperature sensors. Advanced weather stations are also using rainfall, wind speed and wind direction sensors. Modern weather stations are increasingly using integrated sensor suites, combining humidity sensors, temperature sensors, barometric pressure sensors and anemometers. Weather balloons, too, are using humidity sensors.

Automotive industry: Humidity sensors in the automotive industry are used in fully automatic cabin climate control systems for air cabin humidity control. Defogging sensors in passenger cars are used to detect the presence of fog on the inside of the windshield. If this is the case, a defogger or glass heating elements can be activated.

Conclusion

The market for humidity sensors continues to grow. Besides conventional applications such as the building sector, weather stations, irrigation control and industrial applications, new applications are arising in consumer electronics, household appliances as well as in the environmental and medical sector.

 

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