The goal of this report is to provide a detailed and comprehensive multi-client study of the markets in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Korea and the rest of the world (ROW) for PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers based on piezoelectric ceramic, polymer and ceramic/polymer composite devices. This study provides data about the size and growth of markets, company profiles and industry trends for three categories of piezoelectric (PE) sensors and five generic sensor products. The report also highlights potential business opportunities.
A primary objective of this report is thorough coverage of underlying economic issues driving the growth in demand for PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers, as well as assessments of advanced piezoelectric devices that are being developed. Another important objective is to provide realistic market data and forecasts for PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers. This study provides the most thorough and up-to-date assessment that can be found anywhere on the subject. The study also provides extensive quantification of the many important facets of worldwide market development for PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers. This, in turn, contributes to a determination of the kinds of strategic responses companies may adopt in order to compete in these dynamic markets.
Users of PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers in developed markets must contend with twin pressures – to innovate and, at the same time, to reduce costs. New applications for PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers have been proposed in recent years. This study condenses all of these business-related issues and opportunities.
Piezoelectric sensors and ultrasonic transducers, benefiting from the development of piezoelectric materials, have become a key enabling technology for a wide range of industrial, consumer, electronic, home automation and internet of things (IoT) applications. This market has experienced robust growth in the last two decades, and it will continue to witness strong growth in the next years, with certain application markets enjoying double digital growth.
The diversified business of piezoelectric (PE) sensors and ultrasonic transducers is complex and fast moving, with manufacturers increasingly adopting a truly global view of the market. Around the world, consumers are demanding high quality as well as an extremely long cycle life for their gadgets. In this challenging market, manufacturers have attempted to achieve growth through company mergers and acquisitions and by implementing global strategies.
Ultrasonic sensors for medical imaging have a broad customer base, and new applications such as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) have now entered the mainstream and are showing significant sales volumes.
Ultrasonic transducers have developed into universal solutions that cover a wide range of applications, offering reliable operation in environments where traditional sensing technologies are unsuitable. They detect objects with utmost precision, operate in harsh and problematic environments, and are unaffected by target shape or color.
Six categories of ultrasonic transducers are covered in this report, including:
- Liquid flow sensors
- Proximity transducers, combined with position and distance transducers
- Level transducers
- Acoustic transducers combined with ultrasonic transducers for non-destructive testing
- Ultrasonic medical imaging transducers
- Fluid property testing sensors
To Whom The Study Caters
The study will benefit existing manufacturers of PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers that seek to expand and diversify their applications of PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers based on piezo materials like QCP-quartz crystal piezos, PZT, PVDF and ceramic polymer composites which are positioned to become a preferred solution for many applications. This study also will benefit users of PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers looking for new challenges and applications.
2. Executive Summary
3. Industry Overview
4. Technology Overview
5. Piezoelectric Sensors
6. Piezoelectric Sensor Application Segments
7. Ultrasonic Transducers
8. Industry Structure And Global Markets
9. New Developments
10. Appendix I Companies Manufacturing Piezoelectric Sensors And Ultrasonic Trasducers
11. Appendix Ii Raw Material Suppliers To Producers Of Piezoelectric Sensors And Ultrasonic Trasducers
Due to the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and automation in industrial processing and home applications, the demand for sensors and transducers has increased dramatically. A sensor is a device which detects change in physical parameters and converts it into signals which can be recorded or measured, e.g., vibration sensors which convert vibrations into voltage signals. A transducer is a device which converts energy in primary form into corresponding energy signals in a different form. Important primary forms of energy include, for example, mechanical, electromagnetic, thermal, chemical and optical energy.
Sensors are used throughout agriculture, the power sector, healthcare, the automotive industry, telecommunications, instrumentation, and many other areas. To meet demand in these areas, various sensor-based products have been developed. Today, sensors are in use in gadgets for everyday living, as well as in airplanes, cellular telephones, radios and TVs, chemical and industrial plants, and more. Due to the boom in wireless standard compliant devices based on WiFi, Zigbee and Bluetooth, home automation has become reality. Home automation relies heavily on sensors of various kinds, such as proximity sensors and motion sensors, liquid level sensors, smoke sensors, magnetic sensors, temperature sensors and light sensors, among others.
Piezoelectric sensors rely on the piezoelectric effect to measure a plethora of parameters such as pressure, strain, or force by converting them to voltages. Technically, piezoelectric sensors and transducers are one and the same. But piezoelectric sensors, more often than not, operate purely as sensors and do not apply voltage to generate an effect, as occurs in transducers. Key piezoelectric sensor products covered in this paper include the generic product families of accelerators, force sensors and pressure sensors.
Ultrasonic transducers include devices that produce ultrasonic signals (transmitters) which are received by other transducers (receivers) or devices that alternate between transmitting an ultrasonic signal and receiving a reflected signal (transmitter-receivers). The six generic families of transducers covered in this paper include flow sensors, proximity sensors, level sensors, acoustic sensors, medical imaging equipment and fluid property sensors.
The two non-military product groups covered – piezoelectric sensors and ultrasonic transducers – basically originate from the same material group, piezoelectric materials comprised of different grades of piezoelectric crystals, ceramics such as PZT, PVDF and ceramic/polymer composites.
- Airmar Technology Corporation
- Annon Piezo Technology Co., Ltd.
- Annon Technology Co. Ltd.
- APC International, Ltd.
- AVL List Gmbh
- Blatek, Inc.
- Boston Piezo Optics Inc
- Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S
- Ceramtec Gmbh
- Channel Technologies Group
- Connection Technology Center Inc
- CTS Electronic Components, Inc.
- Dytran Instruments Incorporated
- EBL Products Inc.
- EDO Cor. Electro-Ceramic Products Div.
- Endress+Hauser AG
- Ferroperm Piezoceramics A/S
- Fuji Electric
- HBM Test And Measurement
- Insensor A/S
- Kistler Group
- Kyungwon Ferrite Ind. Co., Ltd
- Materials Systems Inc.
- Measurement Specialties Inc
- Meggitt Sensing Systems
- Morgan Electroceramics Ltd.
- Nec Tokin Corporation
- Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd. (Ndk)
- Noliac A/S
- Oceana Sensors
- Omega Piezo Technologies Inc.
- PCB Piezotronics
- Pepperl+Fuchs Gmbh
- Pi Ceramic Gmbh
- Piezo Kinetics Incorporated
- Piezo Systems, Inc.
- Quartzdyne, Inc.
- Sensor Technology Ltd.
- Sensotech Gmbh
- Sinoceramics, Inc.
- Smart Material Corporation
- Sonotec Ultraschallsensorik Halle Gmbh
- Sparkler Ceramics Pvt. Ltd
- SPM Instruments
- Toshiba Power Systems Inspection Services Co., Ltd.
- TRS Technologies Inc.
- Willow Technologies Ltd.
- Wilxion Research
- Zonare Medical Systems