Modular force sensor designs are built on a standardized set of components and interfaces within the sensor, creating reusable subsystems that can be produced in large volumes and used across multiple product families. These designs offer potential economies of scale and the opportunity to use a common housing for the sensors, while enabling them to benefit from common safety components. For sensor suppliers, OEMs, and manufacturing end users alike, it is crucial to find the right balance between customized sensors on the one hand and large-scale production benefits on the other. A good example for positive scale effects (and easy connectivity) is IO-Link.
Today, many users want more than what the traditional sensor provides. Users want centralized data storage with contextualized global data accessibility for all levels of their organizations to enable the highest collaboration and effectiveness. There are changes in the way the leading users are deploying sensors – smart connection through IO-Link or digitally to improve and distribute real-time data to all levels of the manufacturing organization through workflow and other complementary technologies.
In earlier days, many sensor companies focused on products alone, making little, if any, effort to move into the more lucrative solution business by combining their sensor products with consulting, application support, and other services. Most sensor suppliers now offer comprehensive, industry-specific solution packages that offer the potential to offer significant benefits for manufacturing end users.
ARC has just published a comprehensive updated market analysis report on Force Sensors that provides a quantitative assessment of the market and associated analysis. While the report is primarily focused on supporting the strategic planning efforts of current and prospective suppliers, it includes much information that end user organizations would find helpful, including both technology and industry trends and information about the leading suppliers.