"Thin films sensor" industry Research

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OEM Thin Film Sensor Companies Competitive Landscape P1

Honeywell International, Heraeus Sensor Technology, Ametek, Vishay Intertechnology, Gems Sensors & Controls, and Innovative Sensor Technologies IST are six successful OEMs in the thin film sensor market. They have been identified by their annual revenues to not only be successful, but the six leading key players in the market.

Honeywell International

  • Annual Revenue- $41.8 billion. This figure represents a total revenue for the company, with thin film transistors being a part of the total revenue.
  • Honeywell is headquartered in New York. They are an international technology and manufacturing company that offers solutions for energy, safety, technology, and security. They employee 114,000 people.
  • Their website may be viewed here.

Heraeus Sensor Technology

  • Annual Revenue- $24.6 billion. This figure represents a total revenue for the company, with thin film transistors being a part of the total revenue.
  • Heraeus is headquartered in Hanau, Germany. They are an international company that offers solutions in the field of environment, energy, health, mobility, and industrial applications. Heraeus has 13,073 employees.
  • Their website may be viewed here.

Ametek

  • Annual Revenue- $4.8 billion. This figure represents a total revenue for the company, with thin film transistors being a part of the total revenue.
  • Ametek has 18,000 employees and is an international company, and is located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. They manufacture electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.
  • Their website may be viewed here.

Vishay Intertechnology

  • Annual Revenue- $3.0 billion
  • Vishay Intertechnology has 24,100 employees and is located in Malvern, Pennsylvania. They manufacture discrete semiconductors and passive components.
  • The website may be viewed here.

Gems Sensors & Controls

  • Annual Revenue- $143.01 million.
  • Gems Senors & Controls is located in Plainville, Connecticut and has 325 employees. They design and manufacture liquid level, flow and pressure sensors, switches, miniature solenoid valves, and preassembled fluidic systems.
  • Their website may be viewed here.

Innovative Sensor Technologies IST

  • Annual Revenue- $29.6 million.
  • Innovative Sensor Technologies is located in Switzerland and has 400 employees. They are a company of Endress + Hauser Groups. They provide physical, chemical, and biological sensors.
  • Their website may be viewed here.

Research Strategy

To locate the six successful OEMs in the thin film sensors market industry, we first looked to market research. The first report from Transparency Market Research listed Gems Sensors & Controls, Inc., Heraeus Sensor Technology GmbH, Honeywell International Inc., Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, Sensing Devices, Inc., Temperature Specialists, Inc., United Electric Controls Company, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., AMETEK, Inc., and Baumer Group as key players in the market. The second report from The Honest Version listed Heraeus Sensor Technology, Honeywell Sensing and Control , Gems Sensors & Controls, Measurement Specialties, Innovative Sensor Technology, Madison Company, Sensing Devices, Temperature Specialists, and Strain Measurement Devices. To male sure we had a well-rounded list from which to research, we consulted three additional market reports. They were Industry Update, 360 Market Updates, and Market Watch. We combined the lists and looked at the companies that were mentioned in both reports, as it is most likely they are the most successful in the market.

Gems Sensors & Controls, Hereaus Sensors Technologies, Honeywell International, Innovative Sensors Tech, Sensing Devices Inc., Temperature Specialists, United Electric Controls Company, Vishay Intertechnology, Ametek, and Baumer were on every key player list. Measurement Specialties, Madison Company, Strain Measurement Devices, Custom Sensors Technology, Arkray, Endress & Hauser, TE Connectivity, and Danfoss were also listed as key players, but only on one or two of the lists, so we focused on those that had four to six mentions as top players.

From these lists, we located the estimated annual revenue as a second way to verify they were a key player in the market.

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OEM Thin Film Sensor Companies Competitive Landscape P2

Honeywell International and Hereaus Sensor Technology are two successful thin film sensor manufacturers. Company information, revenue, products, partners, and new technologies and developments have been entered into the attached spreadsheet.

  • The spreadsheet may be viewed here.

Honeywell International

  • Honeywell manufactures thin film sensors. The have airflow sensors that are amplified and unamplified. "Silicon chip design is created from thin-film, thermally isolated bridge structure, containing both heater and temperature sensing elements. This provides rapid response to the air or gas flow and amount and direction, delivering a proportional output voltage. Amplified versions provide an enhanced output signal and less external circuitry, while unamplified versions allow additional external circuit options
  • They have multiple industry partners that provide supplies and technologies, along with Alliance Partners that are technology providers.
  • They have recently launched a fully automated robotic unloader .

Heraeus Sensor Technology

  • Heraeus offers a variety of Platinum RTD sensors (PT RTD) with different resistance values (PT100, PT200, PT500, PT1000) and different temperature coefficients (TC3750, TC3770, TC3850).
  • They can also manufacture customer specific sensors.
  • Heraeus expanded their sensor business by adding Nexensos. Heraeus will be focusing more on developing sensor solutions for e-mobility, and the new Heraeus Nexensos will cater to the areas of power electronics, batteries, e-motors, and charging systems. In addition, the company is intensifying its collaboration with start-ups and investigating potential acquisitions.


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OEM Thin Film Sensor Companies Competitive Landscape P3

Vishay Intertechnolgy and Ametek are two successful thin film sensor manufacturers. Company information, revenue, products, partners, and new technologies and developments have been entered into the attached spreadsheet.

The spreadsheet may be viewed here.

Vishay Intertechnolgy

  • Vishay offers semiconductors, passive components and custom products for automotive, computers, industrial, telecommunications, avionics, military, space, consumer and medical uses.
  • There are five thin film RTD sensors: Temperature Dependent Platinum Thin Film Chip Resistor (RTD), Temperature Dependent Platinum Thin Film Chip Resistor (RTD), SMD PTC — Nickel Thin Film Linear Thermistors, Radial Leaded PTC — Nickel Thin Film Linear Thermistors, and Wraparound and Single-In-Line, Thin Film Nickel Temperature Sensors.
  • They have introduced 3 new products in the last year.

Ametek

  • Ametek provides sensors for commercial, military, general aviation, aeroderivative and industrial markets. Their major market is aircraft and engine sensors that are high-accuracy temperature sensors, pressure sensors and switches, fuel gauging systems, liquid level sensors, air data systems, accelerometers, and speed sensors and position/proximity sensors.
  • In their thin film/semiconductor/PVD collection they offer multiple moisture analyzers, gas analyzer, multipoint stream selector, gas purity monitor, and a micro gas blender.
  • They have introduced over 28 new products in the last year.
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OEM Thin Film Sensor Companies Competitive Landscape P4

Gems Sensors & Controls and Innovative Sensor Technologies IST are two successful thin film sensor manufacturers. Company information, revenue, products, partners, and new technologies and developments have been entered into the attached spreadsheet.

  • The spreadsheet, with complete details, may be viewed here.

Gems Sensors & Controls

  • Gems Sensors & Controls offers level sensors including reed switches, level transmitters, ultrasonic level transmitters, gas sensors, water level sensors, & leak detectors.
  • They have 8 thin film sensors: 3100-3200 Series Sputtered-Thin-Film Pressure Transducer, 31CS / 32CS Series Sputtered Thin Film Pressure Sensor, Explosion Proof Pressure Switch & Transducers, 31IS / 32IS Series Pressure Transducers, 3800/3820 Pressure Transmitter, 4000 Series Liquid Pressure Sensor, 4700 Series Sputtered Thin Film Pressure Transducer, and a Thin Film Integrated Pressure Pack.

Innovative Sensor Technologies IST

  • Innovative Sensor Technology IST manufacturers physical, chemical and biological sensors. They offer thin and thick film platinum and nickel RTD temperature sensors, thermal mass flow sensors, capacitive humidity sensors, humidity modules, conductivity sensors and biosensors.
  • IST AG provides consulting, development and production of customized sensors.
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Industry Trends for New Products in the Thin Film Sensor Industry

Trends for new products in the thin film sensor industry include the emergence of high-precision temperature sensors, the emergence of advanced tactile sensors, and the emergence of advanced digital sensors.

Emergence of High-Precision Temperature Sensors

  • Advanced versions of platinum temperature sensors are emerging as a result of the growing demand for more precise platinum temperature sensors.
  • According to AZoSensors, the leading resource for the sensors industry, the demand for these types of sensors continues to increase. Platinum temperature sensors are known for their superior robustness and long-term stability and their edge over thermocouples as far as output signals are concerned.
  • Innovative Sensor Technology (IST) AG, which is one of the key players in the global thin film sensor market, is an example of a company that has recently launched a new high-precision platinum temperature sensor.
  • In October 2018, AZoSensors reported that IST AG launched a resistance temperature detector (RTD) with a new four-wire design that suppresses thermal stress, reduces hysteresis, and improves precision. The new thin film sensor is designed for use in the measurement of temperatures ranging from -200 °C to 600 °C.
  • IST AG is known for its thin-film platinum temperature sensors, which are considered the worldwide standard for space mission-worthy, high-quality sensors. In May 2018, AzoSensors reported that IST AG's series of thin-film platinum temperature sensors was the only range of sensors that has been awarded the European Space Components Coordination qualification by the European Space Agency.

Emergence of Advanced Tactile Sensors

  • Better-performing or innovative tactile or touch sensors are emerging.
  • This appears to be a trend considering that a startup has received a considerable amount of funding for its innovative touch sensors and a unique tactile sensor was presented at the recently held Sensors Expo.
  • Canatu, a Finland-based startup that uses carbon nanobud (CNB) technology in its development of ultra-thin, transparent, and flexible touch sensors, received €12 million in funding from Ascend Capital Partners and automotive suppliers Faurecia and DENSO Corporation in December 2017.
  • Canatu's touch sensors are created on a polycarbonate substrate that can be stretched or formed into three-dimensional or curved touch surfaces. They are designed as an alternative to mechanical buttons.
  • At Sensors Expo 2019, Florida-based electronic component supplier KEMET presented a flexible vibration module, a set of thin-film sensor and actuator with applications in the mobile and augmented or virtual reality markets. More realistic virtual reality experiences are now possible with the module, as the module is capable of producing various kinds of vibrations. Walking on grass, for example, can now feel different from walking on snow.

Emergence of Advanced Digital Sensors

  • A new digital sensor that is "capable of automatically compensating for changes in the environment" has emerged.
  • Advanced digital sensors such as this are expected to surface given the growing demand for such sensors.

Research Strategy

We started by checking whether there are articles or reports in the public domain that readily list trends for new products in the thin film sensor industry. However, after searching for articles or reports that cover trends, advances, developments, or innovations in the industry, the closest information we were able to find was a paywalled report from STM Journals on trends in sensor research. It is not clear, however, if this report contains any information specific to thin film sensors. We also came across articles discussing the applications of thin films in sensors and the comparison between thin film sensors and traditional sensors, with both articles published by AZoSensors, a leading resource for the sensor industry. While these articles do not offer any details about new product trends, we gained a better understanding of the industries that are expected to gain the most from thin film sensors.

Since our initial strategy produced very limited information, we proceeded to look for highly attended sensor expos. The latest thin film sensors would have been featured at these expos. With this second strategy, we were able to find one article that briefly mentioned that "thin, flexible, wearable sensors" were one of the highlights at the Sensors Expo 2018, and another article that mentioned tactile sensors were among the new products on display at the Sensors Expo 2019.

To find additional information, we also examined the new products that key players in the global thin film sensor market are launching. Market research firm Transparency Market Research identifies these key players as Gems Sensors & Controls, Inc., Heraeus Sensor Technology GmbH, Honeywell International, Inc., Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, Sensing Devices, Inc., Temperature Specialists, Inc., United Electric Controls Company, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., AMETEK, Inc., and Baumer Group, so we looked into the recent press coverage and press releases of these companies. This third strategy produced limited results, however, and only led us to the most recent innovations of IST AG.

Lastly, we searched for startups in the space and looked at the sensors they are launching. This led us to startups Flexpoint and Canatu and the products they have recently brought to market. Looking at the new thin film sensors that have been recently launched, we were able to identify the ongoing trends.
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