As machines, equipment, and devices gradually become more intelligent, efficient, and flexible, sensors continue to play a vital and growing role in their evolution. Sensors provide the critical data and feedback, for example, that allow robots to sense how far they have drilled into various materials.
According to Roland Berger, a corporate consulting firm, the worldwide demand for sensors with integrated measurement electronics alone will rise to 30 billion units by 2020… roughly twice as many as in 2015. And as the demand for digitized sensors continues to accelerate, so do the requirements they must meet.
"Today's sensors must always be matched individually to special applications. They must be easy to integrate into machines and systems while providing data precisely and reliably," observes Hermann Merz, the Focus Sales Manager for Weighing Technology and OEM Sensors at HBM. "Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) sensors, developed specifically for a given customer’s applications, make it possible to integrate sensors into existing systems, for example, without having to rebuild the system, or turn existing parts into active sensors.”