Sensors for the Process Industries – Summary

The major sensors used in the process industries are temperature sensors, flow sensors, level sensors, pressure sensors and proximity switches.


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The major sensors used in the process industries are temperature sensors, flow sensors, level sensors, pressure sensors and proximity switches. Position sensors, proximity sensors and load cells, too, are of importance. Chemical sensors for liquids and gases as well as humidity sensors and industrial cameras are on the rise. Sensors for condition based monitoring are getting more important.

The demand for sensors in the process industries is stimulated by production plants with higher degrees of automation, higher productivities, better availabilities as well as plants with improved energy and resource efficiencies.

In the mining sector, sensors are increasingly used in harsh environments; they are mounted on underground or surface mining equipment to increase machine accuracy and improve energy efficiency. Here, automation in conjunction with sensors will contribute to improve mine safety and equipment utilization rates.

Iron and steel plants as well as aluminum plants use sensors to increase automation, to improve product quality and enhance plant safety and plant availability. Wireless and smart sensors will grow in importance.

Sensors in the chemical and petrochemical industries help to enhance automation, safety and plant availability. Here, smart sensors that not only generate but also analyze and convert the raw data taken from the environment are on the rise. They tend to be more accurate and reliable than traditional process sensors and are crucial not only for automation but also for safety, condition monitoring and asset management purposes.

In the food and beverages industry, process sensors help manufacturers to increase plant productivity and to reach higher product qualities. Cameras in conjunction with machine vision systems are growing fast. So do material quality sensors for monitoring the quality of incoming products.

Power plants are major users of process sensors. Pressure sensors and temperature sensors are used as well as flow and level sensors and many more. Sensors are used for automation, safety and condition monitoring purposes. High-end position sensors and proximity sensors as well as anemometers and wind direction sensors are increasingly used in wind power plants.


The market for sensors used in the process industries is growing steadily. Smart sensors and sensors with digital communication features are replacing traditional sensors more and more. Wireless sensors, too, are on the rise especially in auxiliary plants. Process sensors contribute to enhance plant productivity, availability and safety, and they will grow in importance.


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