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Manufacturing boosts demand for safety sensors, switches

Posted: 28 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:safety sensor? switch? manufacturing?

Workers in factories and employees in production facilities are generally susceptible to hazards and dangers that occur in the workplace. While there are certain precautions and systems set in place to ensure their safety, certain devices can go a long way to guarantee a safer working environment.

Safety sensors and switches play a vital role to ensure safety of employees and workers in factories and production units across industry verticals. The safety sensors are the presence detection equipment most commonly used in machine guarding applications to detect the presence of any object or body. The safety switches are safety devices that monitor movable safety guards such as doors, covers, shafts and so on. These products act as a bridge in human machine interface (HMI) related environment interactions to avoid work hazards. Safety sensors and switches have a range of applications in manufacturing processes such as material handling, packaging, assembly, robot cells, conveyor systems, and transport systems and so on. These manufacturing processes are the central part of many industries such as aerospace, automotive, food and beverages, pharmaceutical, paper and pulp, oil and gas, mining, semiconductor and so on. The safety sensors and switches encompass a range of products that include light curtains, mats, laser scanners and switches such as limit switches, hinge switches, non-contact magnetic switches, position switches, door switches, and safety interlock switches and so on.

The rising demand for end products in automotive, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and semiconductor and surge in economies of emerging countries such as China, India, Brazil and Russia (BRIC) welcomes more manufacturing plants and production facilities. The safety sensors and switches market is forecast to have significant market potential in the coming years, owing to the increasing demand from end user industries. Between 2014 and 2020, the global safety sensors and switches market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.1 per cent to reach $3.3 billion by 2020, according to IndustryARC.

The major driving forces for the safety sensors and switches market include stringent safety requirements to protect the workers in the manufacturing industries by government authorities, evolution of machine safety products and technologies, increasing awareness of machine safety products and increasing demand for manufacturing plants across the world.

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