As the name suggests, non-contact temperature measurement instruments measure temperature from a distance by measuring the amount of infrared energy emitted by an object and its emissivity. It has been found that every object or matter with a temperature above absolute zero emits infrared radiation relative to its temperature. This is known as characteristic radiation. On the other hand, emissivity refers to the relative ability of the surface of a material/object to emit energy by radiation.
Thus, by knowing the emissivity of an object and the amount of infrared energy emitted by it, non-contact temperature measurement instruments can measure temperature without coming in contact with the object. These instruments are mostly used in industrial applications such as quality control and maintenance.
Infrared non-contact temperature sensors are widely used in the manufacturing industry. They are also used as in-line monitoring applications. Non-contact temperature measurement instruments are being increasingly used in industrial settings for their technical benefits and low maintenance cost. This is driving the growth of the global non-contact temperature measurement instruments market ecosystem.
Traditionally, portable, and spot type infrared thermometers have been used in industrial settings. But nowadays, the demand for accurate non-contact temperature instruments has been growing in the industrial sector. Incorporation of technologies like IoT as well as advancements in electronics helps increase accuracy.
The demand for non-contact temperature measurement instruments has been rising continuously in the manufacturing, oil & gas, metal & mining, and energy industries. In the manufacturing industry, these instruments provide important information on the heating condition of machines. Thus, non-contact temperature measurement instruments help industrialists and manufacturers monitor safety and productivity and reduce downtime.
However, fluctuations in temperature measurement due to external disturbances can slow down the growth of the market. Further, Covid-19 pandemic is also expected to have a major impact on the global market. The outbreak of coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic has affected several sectors of the economy adversely.
Oil & gas and manufacturing are some of the worst-hit industries by the global coronavirus outbreak. So, the demand for non-contact temperature measurement instruments in these industries may decline due to reduced production and halting of operations.
The global non-contact temperature measurement instruments market has been dominated by North America due to advancements in manufacturing processes of end-use industries. The Asia-Pacific region can also offer good growth opportunities owing to increasing industrialization in emerging economies like China and India.
The key players operating in the global non-contact temperature measurement instruments market are DIAS Infrared GmbH, CHINO Corporation, OMEGA Engineering Inc., Micro Epsilon, AMETEK Land, Testo SE & Co. KGaA, and FLUKE Extech Instruments, among others.