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Sensors boom looming in the food and beverage sectors

14 August 2013

Sensors already have a wide range of applications in the food and beverage industry. However, their uptake in this industry sector is set to receive a further boost from the increasing automation of food and beverage plants and processes. Legislation encouraging greater investments in automation and control solutions will reinforce these trends, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan.

The report – Sensors Market in the Global Food and Beverage Industry – states that the market earned approximately $2,891.5 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $4,157.8 million in 2018. The research covers flow, level, pressure, temperature, photoelectric, inductive, capacitive, ultrasonic sensors and biosensors.

“The presence of standards and regulatory compliance requirements is one of the major drivers for the implementation of sensor systems,” said Frost & Sullivan’s Measurement & Instrumentation senior industry analyst, V. Sankaranarayanan. “Governments across the globe have strict laws that mandate the use of sensors and other electronic devices that sense the risk involved in food contamination.”

Food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly relying on automated controls to achieve higher quality and consistency. This, in turn, has fuelled the demand for sensors. The need for instruments and controls that accurately measure, regulate, or record pressure, temperature, or other conditions has led to the wider use of sensors.

“The conversion of less sophisticated controls to state-of-the-art automation systems is an important growth catalyst, as better automation improves performance, reduces cost, increases production and energy efficiency, and boost productivity,” explained Sankaranarayanan.

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