Force sensors, which are used to measure pressure or stress using load and weight, are growing in demand today as more applications become automated and accuracy is required. According to a recent report from Research and Markets, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.5 percent and reach $2.3B by 2024.
Factors the research points to as attributing to this growth is the demand for robotics and the increasing need for more security today. This is specifically true when it comes to the automotive market where applications such as brakes, speed controls, airbags, and even transmissions are being outfitted with sensors that can convert mechanical force into an electrical output signal that and can literally save lives.
In robotics, force sensors are also important as they make it possible for the machines to interact. The sensors are typically included within the moving parts of a robot such as their arm and provide safety to maintain force.
The biggest market where the growth will be seen in force sensors is manufacturing. In these industrial operations, applications that use force sensors to assist with data collection and monitoring are seeing the most growth.
Of the types of force sensors being used mostly across markets, the Research and Markets report found the Piezoelectric force sensor to hold the greatest share. These sensors not only detect changes in pressure or temperature and strain for example, but they also convert it into an electrical charge and can be used in applications that require a physical action to occur.
The S256 Load Cell from SMD Sensors is an overload protected force sensor that uses a proprietary thin-film strain gauge. Its compact and has a sensitive gram-range accurate sensor as well as an integral overload protection scheme. It can also be used to electronically measure force or displacement in various applications.
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