ARC’s market research on level devices investigates the market across four product segments: capacitance, continuous ultrasonic, hydrostatic, and radar. While the four modern technologies are a major competition to traditional measurement technologies, these modern technologies also compete among themselves. Each level technology has its unique merits that make it well suited for certain applications.
Each study explores end user perspectives and market dynamics that are impacting the level market. Suppliers can also understand what technological and industry trends are driving the market, where the upcoming demand centers in a region or an industry are, and how suppliers can help users better integrate and utilize intelligent field devices in their plant operations.
Capacitance Level Devices
Capacitance level measurement instruments are used for liquids and bulk solids measurement in both process level and tank gauging applications. Both point and continuous level capacitance instruments are used for measuring different types of media. These range from bulk solids including fine to coarse grained solids, liquids that are highly viscous or adhesive, abrasive media, and non-conductive liquids such as oil.
Even though faced with stiff competition from other level technologies like radar or ultrasonic, the suitability of capacitance technology is being recognized for certain challenging applications, for instance, interface measurement. Thus, it is making inroads into different industries with its ability to perform well in demanding conditions. These devices are used in locations ranging from hazardous areas in industries like chemical & petrochemicals to hygiene applications in food & beverage and pharmaceutical industries.
However, the demand for these devices could be marred by certain technical limitations, which the report further explores. There is a need for better understanding of the capacitance technology by the users and suppliers alike, and how it can be deployed under different process conditions.
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Continuous Ultrasonic Level Devices
Ultrasonic for measuring continuous level is a non-invasive type technology most preferred for measuring clean liquids and slurries. Level detection is the most widely used application for ultrasonic level devices in the process industries; however, it is by no means the only one. It can be utilized for pump control in applications such as in pump stations and wet wells as well as for tank level control.
The water and wastewater industry, being one of the largest consumers of ultrasonic instruments, is likely to witness long-term growth if economies remain stable and infrastructure investments continue. As the perceived and inherent value of water increases, it is likely to drive investment in more sophisticated monitoring and controls. This will further bring into focus digitalization, IIoT, and cloud services for better data analysis and decision-making.
The report explores end user perspectives and market dynamics that are impacting the ultrasonic level market. Significant developments are taking place in key industries, and this report will guide suppliers in tailoring their offerings and services.
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Hydrostatic Level Devices
Pressure-based hydrostatic level devices are widely used in numerous liquid level measuring applications. They still retain the largest market share, in terms of both volumes and revenues, in the overall electronic level devices market.
Users in many industries still find comfort in more traditional level measurement technologies such as the pressure-based hydrostatic devices. Continual improvements and additions in the device features like self-diagnostics, increased accuracy, performance under high pressure and temperature conditions, and long-term stability are expected to keep the hydrostatic market share from declining.
This report further explores how rising preference for non-invasive level devices could impact the growth of the hydrostatic market going forward. As industrial applications become more demanding, hydrostatic devices are being upgraded to meet new level measurement requirements or substitute other level technologies. Moreover, when offering devices with advanced detection capabilities, suppliers are opting for different approaches in handling their product portfolios.
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Radar Level Devices
Radar level devices are segmented down into two distinct markets based on application: tank gauging (TG) and process level (PL) measurement. Tank gauging involves the static quantity assessment of liquid products in bulk storage tanks. Process level refers to continuous level measurement of process tanks, storage tanks, or silos in the process industry. The measured media are liquids, slurries, and solids.
Users find radar technologies useful for measuring the level of bulk solids, liquids including harsh caustic chemicals, slurries, pastes, powders, and other fluids with a higher degree of accuracy. Also, reduction in inventory levels and improved production planning are driving customers to use continuous level instead of just point level for measuring high or low levels. In addition to better functionality and intelligence of radar level technology, market growth is also due to falling average selling prices, putting radar devices on a more competitive footing with lower cost level measurement technologies.
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