Proximity, Photoelectric and Linear Displacement Sensors Ready to Grow

6/1/2004 - As manufacturing processes become increasingly sophisticated, users of proximity, photoelectric and linear displacement sensors are demanding more functionality from their sensors. Opportunities to improve growth rates in this industry exist if suppliers can satisfy customer requirements.

A past VDC market study totaled the U.S. market for proximity and photoelectric sensors at $655 million in 2000 and the market for linear displacement sensors at $314 million in 2000.

In order for suppliers to boost the low, and at times negative, growth rates of the past 4 years, it will be necessary for them to meet the following user requirements:

The best prospects for vendors, in terms of largest and fastest-growing consuming segments by type of sensor are:

PROXIMITY AND PHOTOELECTRIC SENSORS

Capacitive
-Largest Market Segment - Automotive Industry
-fastest-Growing Segment - Assembly/Robotics Equipment, Medical Equipment & Petroleum Industry are tied

Inductive
-Largest Market Segment - Metalworking Equipment
-fastest-Growing Segment - Packaging Equipment

Magnetic Actuated
-Largest Market Segment - Valve Industry
-fastest-Growing Segment - Material Handling Equipment

Photoelectric
-Largest Market Segment - Material Handling Equipment
-fastest-Growing Segment - Automotive Industry

Ultrasonic
-Largest Market Segment - Paper/Film Converting
-fastest-Growing Segment - Printing Equipment

LINEAR DISPLACEMENT SENSORS

Capacitive
-Largest Market Segment - Disk Drive Industry
-fastest-Growing Segment - Semiconductor Industry

Inductosyn Encoder
-Largest Market Segment - Metalworking Equipment
-fastest-Growing Segment - Metalworking Equipment

Magnetic Encoder
-Largest Market Segment - Metalworking Equipment
-fastest-Growing Segment - Undetermined, vendors are expanding market efforts beyond metalworking equipment

Optical Encoder
-Largest Market Segment - Metalworking Equipment
-fastest-Growing Segment - Printing Equipment & Textile Industry

Inductive
-Largest Market Segment - Semiconductor Industry
-fastest-Growing Segment - Packaging Equipment

Laser
-Largest Market Segment - Electronics Industry++
-fastest-Growing Segment - Electronics Industry++

LVDTs
-Largest Market Segment - Military/Aerospace Industry
-fastest-Growing Segment - Assembly/Robotics Equipment

Magnetostrictive
-Largest Market Segment - Plastics Manufacturing Equipment
-fastest-Growing Segment - Lumber Industry

Conductive Rubber Potentiometric
-Largest Market Segment - Transportation Vehicles
-fastest-Growing Segment - Transportation Vehicles

Wire Wound Potentiometric
-Largest Market Segment - Transportation Vehicles
-fastest-Growing Segment - Transportation Vehicles

Ultrasonic
-Largest Market Segment - Food & Beverage Industry
-fastest-Growing Segment - Assembly/Robotics Equipment

++-Exclusive of semiconductor industry portion

VDC's proposed update to this research, Proximity, Photoelectric, and Linear Displacement Sensors: North American Market Assessment, Seventh Edition aims to outline the changing requirements of control environments and help suppliers create strategies to address these important issues by providing granular, relevant market analysis if this industry, including:

VDC is now accepting founding sponsors for this research. Benefits of becoming a founding sponsor include:

To view the proposal in detail, go to: http://www.vdc-corp.com/industrial/reports/04/br04-15.html

About VDC
Founded in 1971, VDC is a technology market research and consulting firm that specializes in industrial and commercial electronics, computing, communications, software and power systems markets. For more information about VDC's, "Proximity, Photoelectric, and Linear Displacement Sensors: North American Market Assessment, Seventh Edition." contact Marc Regberg at: msr@vdc-corp.com, 508-653-9000, ext. 111

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