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The World Market for Mass Flow Controllers

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  • Region: Global
  • Flow Research, Inc
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The drive for alternative energy will fuel the use of mass flow controllers in industrial markets

The industrial and lab/research markets are made up of a wide variety of industrial segments. Some of these, such as automotive and aerospace, are going through difficult times, due to rising energy costs. Others, such as fuel cells and power, are thriving, due to the search for alternative energy sources. The need to find alternative energy sources will drive additional research and development in the foreseeable future. Mass flow controllers will benefit from these industrial segments, as they are used to measure and control gas flows in these segments.

End-users will opt for the automation provided by mass flow controllers in cases where they currently have manual or non-electronic systems

In some cases, gas flow is measured and controlled using a combination of a variable area flowmeter and needle valve. While some variable area flowmeters have been developed with an output signal, the majority of these flowmeters still need to be read manually. In many cases, the needle valve is adjusted manually.

The trend today is toward the automation provided by mass flow controllers, as opposed to the lower accuracy of variable area flowmeters. End-users are looking for the higher accuracy of mass flow controllers, and they are also looking to automate their gas measurement and control systems when this is possible. Mass flow controllers will benefit from this trend towards automation.

The emerging markets, including China and India , will continue to show growth, driving demand

The economies of China , India , and other emerging markets in Asia and elsewhere are continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Even if these economies are affected by a global slowdown, their continued population growth will result in demand growth in a variety of industrial segments, including energy consumption, food/beverage, automotive, power, and other. China and India will also be a source for continued demand for computers and semiconductor products. All these forces will work towards increased use of mass flow controllers over the forecast period.

We have completed a new market study on the worldwide mass flow controller market. The study determines the size of the mass flow controller (MFC) market. In addition, forecasts through 2012 are included. The study was published in July 2008.

The study has multiple purposes:

-To determine market size and market shares for mass flow controllers in 2007.

-To forecast market growth for mass flow controllers through 2012.

-To identify industries and applications for mass flow controllers, and to identify growth areas.

-To provide strategies to manufacturers for selling into the MFC market..

-To provide company profiles of the main suppliers of mass flow controllers.

The study divides the market into the following regions:

-North America

-Europe

-Japan

-Asia without Japan

-Rest of World

Mass flow controllers are used in many industries. We have explored the following industries and applications where MFCs are used:

-Aerospace

-Analytical

-Automotive

-Biotech/Pharmaceutical

-Chem/Petrochem

-Electronics Manufacturing

-Fiber Optics/Glass

-Food/Beverage

-Fuel Cells

-Furnaces

-Gas Analyzers

-Gas Distribution

-Heat Treating

-Medical

-Metals Processing

-Packaging

-Power

-Other

What's Inside this Study?

-Dollars and units for the mass flow controller market in 2007 worldwide and by region

-Market shares for MFC suppliers

-A forecast of market growth for mass flow controllers through 2012

-A product analysis for the main companies selling into the MFC market

-Strategies for suppliers for selling into the MFC market

-Company profiles of the main suppliers of mass flow controllers
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Advanced Energy (Aera®)
  • Brooks Instrument
  • Celerity Group
  • Horiba/STEC
  • Sierra Instruments
  • Tokyo Keiso
  • MORE
Executive Summary
Study Objectives
Methodology
Three Categories for Mass Flow Controllers
Mass Flow Controllers by Technology
Mass Flow Controllers and Mass Flowmeters
Industrial and Lab/Research Applications
Mass Flow Controllers
Growth Factors for the Mass Flow Controller Market
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region: Figures 1-1 to 1-3
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Type and by Region: Figure 1-4
Market Shares
For Mass Flow Controller Suppliers to the Semiconductor Market,
Expand into Industrial and Lab/Research Markets

Scope and Methodology
Overview
A Complete Analysis of the Flowmeter Market
The Role of Viewpoint Pluralism
The Importance of Multi-Technology Research
Leading Suppliers vs. All Suppliers
Study Objectives
Methodology
Geographic Regions of the World
Definitions
Three Categories for Mass Flow Controllers
Mass Flow Controllers by Fluid Type
Mass Flow Controllers by Technology
Mass Flow Controllers and Mass Flowmeters
Industrial and Lab/Research Applications
Team History and Experience
Flow Research, Inc
Flow Research Studies
Flow Research Instrumentation Articles
Custom Projects

Product and Technology Analysis
Overview
New-Technology Flowmeters
Coriolis Flowmeters
Magnetic Flowmeters
Ultrasonic Flowmeters
Vortex Flowmeters
Thermal Flowmeters
Mass Flow Controllers
Advantage and Disadvantages of Different Types of Flowmeters
Paradigm Case Selection Method
Mass Flow Controller Product Analysis
Advanced Energy (Aera®)
Bronkhorst High-Tech
Brooks Instrument
Bürkert Fluid Control
Celerity Group
Hitachi Metals
Horiba/STEC
MKS Instruments
Sierra Instruments
Teledyne Hastings
Tokyo Keiso
Yamatake Corporation

Mass Flow Controller Market Size and Forecast
` Growth Factors for the Mass Flow Controller Market
The Continued Need for Mass Flow Controllers in the
Semiconductor Industry
The Drive for Alternative Energy Will Fuel the Use of Mass
Flow Controllers in Industrial Markets
End-Users Will Opt for the Automation Provided by Mass Flow
Controllers Over Manual or Non-Electronic Systems
The Emerging Markets, Including China and India, Will Continue
to Show Growth, Driving Demand
Factors Limiting the Growth of Mass Flow Controllers
Price Erosion Due to the Competitive Environment
Competition from Other Flow Technologies
Market Size and Growth Forecasts
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region:
Figures 4-1 to 4-5
Average Selling Price of Mass Flow Controllers by Region:
Figure 4-6
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Type and by Region:
Figures 4-7 to 4-14
Average Selling Price of Mass Flow Controllers by Type and
by Region: Figures 4-15 to 4-17
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Technology and
by Region: Figures 4-18 to 4-24
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Control Function and
by Region: Figures 4-25 to 4-31
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Industrial Segment and
by Region: Figures 4-32 to 4-37
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Distribution Channel:
Figures 4-38 to 4-41
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Customer Type:
Figures 4-42 to 4-45

Mass Flow Controller Supplier Market Shares
Overview
Market Shares for Mass Flow Controllers by Geographic Region

Strategies for Success
Overview
For Mass Flow Controller Suppliers to the Semiconductor Market,
Expand into Industrial and Lab/Research Markets
Become a Broad-Line Supplier
Survey End-Users Regularly, and Listen to What They Say
Form Alliances with Other Companies
When Consolidating Product Lines, Provide a Migration Path for
End-Users to Current Technology
Create a Coherent and Understandable Product Naming System
Build a Great Website, and Keep It Up-to-Date
Educate Your Customers about Mass Flow Controller Technology
Invest in Smart Flowmeters, and in Communications Protocols

Company Profiles
Advanced Energy (Aera®)
Bronkhorst High-Tech B.V
Brooks Instrument
Bürkert GmbH & Co
Celerity Group
Hitachi Metals Ltd.
Horiba/STEC
MKS Instruments, Inc
Sierra Instruments
Teledyne Hastings Instruments
Tokyo Keiso Company, Ltd
Yamatake Corporation

Appendix A: Mass Flow Controller Study Proposal

Appendix B: Directory of Mass Flow Controller Suppliers

LIST OF TABLES

Advantages and Disadvantages of DP and
New-Technology Flowmeters
New-Technology and DP Flowmeter Principles of Operation
Paradigm Case Conditions for New-Technology Flowmeters
Types of Mass Flow Controllers by Supplier
Industrial and Lab/Research Applications for Mass Flow
Controllers
Become a Broad-Line Supplier: Mass Flow Controller
Suppliers

LIST OF FIGURES
Total Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide
1-2 Total Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide
1-3 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region
1-4 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Type
1-5 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide
2-1 New-Technology and Traditional Technology Flowmeters
2-2 New-Technology Flowmeters Approved by the Fieldbus Foundation
4-1 Total Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide
4-2 Total Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide
4-3 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region
4-4 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region
4-5 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region
4-6 Average Selling Price of Mass Flow Controllers by Region
4-7 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Type
4-8 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Type
4-9 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Type
4-10 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in North America by Type
4-11 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Europe by Type
4-12 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Japan by Type
4-13 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Asia w/o Japan by Type
4-14 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Rest of World by Type
4-15 Average Selling Price of Mass Flow Controllers Type and by Region
4-16 Average Selling Price of Mass Flow Controllers Type and by Region
4-17 Average Selling Price of Mass Flow Controllers Type and
by Region Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Technology
4-19 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Technology
4-20 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in North America by Technology
4-21 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Europe by Technology
4-22 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Japan by Technology
4-23 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Asia without Japan by Technology
4-24 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Rest of World by Technology
4-25 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Control Function
4-26 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Control Function
4-27 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in North America by Control Function
4-28 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Europe by Control Function
4-29 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Japan by Control Function
4-30 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Asia without Japan by Control Function
4-31 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Rest of World by Control Function
4-32 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide By Industrial Segment
4-33 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in North America By Industrial Segment
4-34 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Europe By Industrial Segment
4-35 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Japan By Industrial Segment
Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Asia without Japan by Industrial Segment
4-37 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers in Rest of World by Industrial Segment
4-38 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Distribution Channel
4-39 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region by Distribution Channel
4-40 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region by Distribution Channel
4-41 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region by Distribution Channel
4-42 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Worldwide by Customer Type
4-43 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers by Region by Customer Type
4-44 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Region by Customer Type
4-45 Shipments of Mass Flow Controllers Region by Customer Type
5-1 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers
Worldwide
5-2 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers in North America
5-3 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers in Europe
5-4 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers in Japan
5-5 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers in Asia without Japan
5-6 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers in Rest of World
Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers to the Semiconductor Market Worldwide
5-8 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers to the Industrial Market Worldwide
5-9 Market Shares for the Leading Suppliers of Mass Flow Controllers to the Lab/Research Market Worldwide

LIST OF MAPS

World
World by Region
Asia
Europe
The Russian Federation
China
Japan
India
Indonesia
Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
The Middle East
Asia
South America
Central America
The United States
Canada
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Advanced Energy (Aera®)
  • Brooks Instrument
  • Celerity Group
  • Horiba/STEC
  • Sierra Instruments
  • Tokyo Keiso
  • MORE
Mass Flow Controllers

Mass flow controllers are used in the semiconductor market to measure and control flow. Most mass flow controllers use thermal principles to determine mass flow, although some use a pressure-based measurement. Mass flow controllers contain an integrated control valve that is used to control the flow as well as measure it.

The mass flow controller market is far larger than the thermal flowmeter market. A major portion of mass flow controllers are used in the semiconductor industry for measuring gas flow. However, a group of companies also sells mass flow controllers for industrial markets. The mass flow controller market is highly competitive, with a large number of suppliers. It is one of the most rapidly developing markets in the flowmeter world today.

Thermal Flowmeters

The roots of thermal flowmeters go back to the hot wire anemometers that were used for airflow measurement in the early 1900s. Hot wire anemometers were used in velocity profile and turbulence research. They are very small and fragile, and consist of a heated, thin wire element. Hot wire anemometers have a quick response time, because they are so small and thin. However, their fragility makes them unsuitable for industrial environments.

Thermal flowmeters were first introduced for industrial applications in the 1970s. The story of how they came on the market is a fascinating one that involves Sierra Instruments, Fluid Components International (FCI), and Kurz Instruments. Sierra Instruments and Kurz approached the subject through hot wire anemometers. FCI approached the subject through flow switches. All three companies were pioneers in the development of thermal flowmeters, and all three companies still offer thermal flowmeters today.

Thermal flowmeters make use of heat in making their flow measurements. Thermal flowmeters put heat into the flowstream and use one or more temperature sensors to measure how quickly this heat dissipates. Heat dissipation is measured in several different ways.

One method of measuring heat dissipation keeps a heated sensor at a constant temperature and measures how much current is needed to keep it at that temperature. Another method measures the temperature difference between the flowstream temperature and a heated sensor. What is common to both methods is the idea that higher speed flow results in increased cooling. Both methods measure the effects of this increased cooling, and compute mass flow based on this result.

Advantages and Limitations

Thermal flowmeters have fast response time, and they excel at measuring flow at low flowrates. They also provide a direct means of measuring mass flow. They can also handle some difficult-to-measure flows. Insertion thermal flowmeters are used in Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) applications to help measure the amount of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide being released into the environment. Concentration measurements, along with flowrate measurements, are required.

One limitation of thermal flowmeters is that they are used almost entirely for gas flow measurement. Thermal flowmeters have difficult in measuring liquid flows because of the slow response time involved in using the thermal principle on liquids. Some companies have released thermal flowmeters for liquid flow measurement, however.

A second limitation is in their accuracy. Thermal flowmeters are not nearly as accurate as Coriolis meters, and typical accuracy levels are in the one percent to three percent range. However, thermal suppliers are working to improve the accuracy of their flowmeters. Expect wider use of thermal flowmeters as their accuracy levels increase.
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-Advanced Energy (Aera®)
-Bronkhorst High-Tech
-Brooks Instrument
-Bürkert Fluid Control
-Celerity Group
-Hitachi Metals
-Horiba/STEC
-MKS Instruments
-Sierra Instruments
-Teledyne Hastings
-Tokyo Keiso
-Yamatake Corporation
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