Quality Sensors Summary

The global market for quality sensors is expected to grow rapidly. Quality sensors can measure the quality of bulk solids such as grain or food, yarn quality, liquid quality and gas or air quality.

 

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Summary

The global market for quality sensors is expected to grow rapidly. Quality sensors can measure the quality of bulk solids such as grain or food, yarn quality, liquid quality and gas or air quality. Particle sensors are included, too. Major markets using quality sensors are the textile industry, the process industries, the automotive sector, office electronics, household appliances and the environmental sector.


Quality sensors for solid material
convert quality parameters of solid material into electrical output signals. Quality parameters can be checked in bulk solids (ores, fruits, vegetables), discrete solids, fibers and yarns as well as structures (bridges). Material quality sensors for discrete solids include coin quality sensors and sensors for automatic detection / classification of paper quality. Major applications are the process industry, the textile industry, office equipment and research & development.

Quality sensors for liquids encompass oil and lubricant quality sensors, turbidity sensors and fuel quality sensors. Viscosity sensors as well as particle sensors for liquids are included, too. Their major markets are the process industries, the automotive sector, the environmental sector as well as household appliances (washing machines, dishwashers). Research & development is an important market, too.

Quality sensors for gases comprise oil mist detection sensors, gaseous fuel quality sensors as well as particle and dust sensors for air and gases. Gas fuel particle sensors are needed in large turbines in order to control the combustion processes. The major industries using quality sensors for gases are the process industries, the automotive sector, the building sector and the environmental sector.

Major trends: The development of the technologies for quality sensors depends on the specific applications. Whereas yarn quality sensors remain to be optical and capacitive, coin quality sensors remain to be inductive and electromagnetic. Ore and diamond sorting and classification systems in the mining sector are continuing to use radiometric, X-ray, microwave and optical sensors.

Conclusion

The global market for quality sensors was only partially affected by the recent economic recession during the years 2008-09. As demand surged in 2010, mainly from the process industries, the textile industry and the automotive sector, the strong pre-crisis growth level re-emerged quickly for the market.


 

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