Food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly relying on automated controls to achieve higher quality and consistency in a competitive market. Globally, manufacturers in the sensors market earned approximately $2,891.5 mill. in 2012 and this is expected to rise to $4,157.8 mill. in 2018.
A new report by Frost & Sullivan says governments worldwide have strict laws that mandate the use of sensors and other electronic devices that test the risk involved in food contamination. Internationally, accepted standards and guidelines that F&B manufacturers need to adhere to include the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group, Food and Drug Administration, IP69K and Ecolab.
F&B manufacturers currently use automation controls such as intelligent sensors, communication at the fieldbus level, non-contact measuring systems/ sensors and wireless sensors. As part of the Sensors & Instrumentation Research, the report covers flow, level, pressure, temperature, photoelectric, inductive, capacitive, ultrasonic sensors and biosensors.
It says the uptake of sensors is set to receive further impetus from the increasing automation of food and beverage plants and processes. Legislation encouraging greater investments in automation and control will reinforce these trends.
Source: Frost & Sullivan