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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.11-12, December 2012
In this Issue:
1. Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) and journal, Vol.147, Issue 12, December 2012
2. Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs
3. New Sensors Related Published Books
4. Sensor Technology e-Newsletter 2012/2013
5. US Sensor Industry Forecasts for 2016 & 2021
7. Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions
New Sensors Related Published Books
Sensor Technology e-Newsletter 2012/2013
Inside this issue...
New for 2012, TorqSense Digital torque
transducers with integral digital electronics offer cost effective, non-contact
digital rotary torque measurement, using Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology,
suitable for torque monitoring, testing or controlling drive mechanisms.
TorqSense transducers and their technology are
particularly appropriate for OEM applications. The new range RWT410/420 series
replace the well-received TorqSense RWT310/320. The electronics have been
upgraded to produce lower power consumption of 3 watts, frequency response up to
10kHz and resolution of .02 of FSD, with faster digital data throughput and
increased transducer overload to 300%, these represent significant performance
gains. Other ranges of TorqSense RWT transducers available include RWT430/440
and the new RWT450/460 Pulley torque sensors. All models feature the enhanced
The new wireless LoadSense load cell provides all the information needed to optimise efficiency and increase profitability of a wide range of industrial operations
The new development allows weighing processes to be
fully integrated with handling operations. All live data is captured in real
time and can be transferred to a database, stored, totalised and analysed. The
load sensor can be integrated with a crane hook, fork lift or other handling
device. It has an on-board single-chip computer for recording, analysing and
archiving readings, and wireless communications (operating on a harmonized
global 2.4 GHz waveband) that can transfer data in real time to a host computer.
Internal batteries make LoadSense's operation completely autonomous. As such it
can be deployed with minimal disruption to operations, and will automatically
begin transmitting data. No special training is required to install or operate
the unit. Multi channel operation is standard.
Having for many years used one of Sensor
Technology's novel TorqSense non-contact torque sensors as an aid to product
development, Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, the world's leading specialist in
peristaltic pumping, has now chosen another of these versatile and dependable
sensors for production-line testing of its most critical products.
The TorqSense sensor was selected for this
demanding application because of its ease of use and because of the reliability
and accuracy that has been consistently demonstrated by the similar unit in use
in the development department.
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Sensor Technology would like to take this
opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !
US Sensor Industry Forecasts for 2016 & 2021
US sales of sensors are forecast to climb at a 6.1 percent annual rate through 2016 to $14.9 billion, showing significant improvement over market performance between 2006 and 2011. Demand will be fueled by rebounds in motor vehicle and machinery production, government mandates requiring all new light vehicles to be equipped with electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring systems, and growth in process manufacturers’ shipments. Further development of and new applications for technologies like microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), optoelectronics, and photoelectronics will also help bolster sensor sales. However, the maturity of many sensor markets and improved fabrication techniques that have led to increased sensing abilities at lower costs will temper value gains. In addition, the manufacture of many sensor-laden products, such as consumer electronic devices, has moved overseas, which will further limit market advances.
Chemical property sensors among fastest growing
Process variable sensors will remain the largest product category in dollar terms in 2016, while chemical property sensors and proximity and positioning sensors will post the fastest growth. Chemical sensor sales will be boosted by technological advances that have resulted in smaller, more precise sensors at lower costs, allowing them to be used for additional applications in existing markets, as well as in a number of new markets. The rebound in motor vehicle production, and an expected increase in aftermarket demand for engine oxygen sensors, will provide growth opportunities for chemical sensors used in vehicle emission systems. Proximity and positioning sensor demand will be spurred by output gains for motor vehicles, where these devices are important components in active safety systems like electronic stability control. The renewed strength in shipments of machinery, another important market for proximity and positioning sensors, will also support sales gains.
Motor vehicles to reclaim position as largest market
In 2011, industrial applications overtook motor vehicles to become the largest major sensor market due to still low levels of motor vehicle production compared to earlier peaks. However, thanks to a continuing rebound in motor vehicle output and new, sensor-heavy systems -- including cylinder deactivation, direct fuel injection, electronic stability control, roll-over protection, tire pressure monitoring, and variable-valve timing systems -- motor vehicles will once again become the leading sensor market, accounting for over half of all dollar gains between 2011 and 2016.
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