Discrete sensor sales to rebound sharply in 2010, says ARC Advisory Group

Sensors used for discrete applications are expected to strongly rebound in 2010, according to an ARC Advisory Group study, "Proximity Sensors Worldwide Outlook."

09/08/2009


Sensors used for discrete applications are expected to strongly rebound in 2010, according to a recent ARC Advisory Group study. "Sensor suppliers have struggled a lot during the 1990s and all major suppliers developed strategies like brand labeling, partnerships, and modular design. The current economic climate is increasingly putting these strategies to the test," according to Florian Güldner, analyst and principal author of ARC's " Proximity Sensors Worldwide Outlook ."

The study says that 2012 proximity shipments will exceed those of 2008 .
Main market drivers are emerging economies, particularly China and India, which are seeing increased investment and increasingly automated production. The second largest drivers are industries that have a stable demand for investment, the report says, since consumption is stable. These include food & beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Keeping sensor costs low

To lower production costs, sensor suppliers apply strategies also used by other manufacturers facing the build-versus-buy decision, Güldner suggests, including the following.

- Modular design builds on a standard set of components and interfaces within the sensor that creates reusable subsystems that can be produced in large volumes and used across multiple product families. This enables suppliers to buy certain modular components built by a third-party supplier.

- Brand labeling purchases and resells sensor lines or complete portfolios. Some deals are hidden; others are open collaborations.

- Network connections: CompoNet, promoted and supported by ODVA, and IO-Link, promoted and supported by Profibus are two newer sensor network options. IO-Link adds intelligence and flexibility into a standard 24 V cable, CompoNet focuses on cost and speed. Currently, CompoNet is gaining most traction in Asia (driven primarily by Omron in Japan), and IO-Link is gaining most traction in Europe (driven primarily by Siemens in Germany), Güldner says.

Read more about proximity sensors from Control Engineering .

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering www.controleng.com





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Strategic outsourcing delivers efficiency; Sleeve bearing clearance; Causes of water hammer; Improve air quality; Maintenance safety; GAMS preview
World-class maintenance: The three keys to success - Deploy people, process and technology; 2016 Lubrication Guide; Why hydraulic systems get hot
Your leaks start here: Take a disciplined approach with your hydraulic system; U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success
Flexible offshore fire protection; Big Data's impact on operations; Bridging the skills gap; Identifying security risks
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me