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Photoelectric Sensor Market Size, By Product (Photoelectric Fork Sensor, Photoelectric Label Sensor, Photoelectric Distance Sensor, Photoelectric Color Sensor), By Type (Retro Reflective, Through-beam, Diffuse), By Range (<100 mm, 101-1000 mm, 1001-10,000 mm, >10,000 mm), By Source (Laser-beam, Infrared, LED), By Application (Industrial Manufacturing, Automotive & Transportation, Building Automation, Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals & Medical, Packaging & Logistics), COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI3353
  • Published Date: Jun 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Photoelectric Sensor Market size was valued at over USD 1 billion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of more than 7% from 2021 to 2027.

Photoelectric Sensor Market Overview

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Increasing trend toward industrial automation, robotics, and industrial IoT across several industries is driving the photoelectric sensor market growth. Photoelectric sensors used in robots help to deliver improved object and position sensing to deliver safe & efficient operations in various industrial processes such as material handling, packaging, and logistics. Rising initiatives by the governments to accelerate robots and automated machinery in the industrial sector will further boost the market expansion.

Photoelectric sensors are used to detect the object, change in light intensity, and change in surface conditions through various optical properties. These sensors consist of emitters and receivers for emitting and receiving lights. These sensors offer various advantages such as improved sensing and small size, increasing their demand in various industrial applications such as conveyor belts, assembly lines, and robots, among others.

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the growth opportunities of photoelectric sensor market players in the first half of 2020. Several manufacturing plants including automotive, packaging and logistics halted their production in 2020. Decline in demand from consumers, international trade barriers, and supply chain disruption have further restrained the market potential. The manufacturers from pharmaceutical & medical, and food & beverages have however accelerated their production capacity in the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the growing demand from consumers, maintaining the supply chain for essentials. To meet the increasing demand, several manufacturers are inclined toward the adoption of automated processes and machinery, adding an opportunity for the industry growth.

Increasing government support to accelerate automation in food & beverages manufacturing will fuel the photoelectric sensor market progression

Photoelectric color sensors held more than 30% of the market share in 2020 and will observe substantial growth of 8% through 2027 on account of the growing acceptance in the food & beverages industry. These photoelectric color sensors offer reliable solutions in the complex automation process such as detection of components, color marks, matching the color of various components, and product packaging, among others. Rising government initiatives and funding activities to accelerate automation in food & beverages manufacturing plants will foster the growth opportunities for photoelectric color sensors.

Rising usage of retro-reflective sensors in the pharmaceutical sector will surge the market revenue

Photoelectric Sensor Market Value

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The retro-reflective segment accounted for45% of the photoelectric sensor market share in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of around 8% by 2027 owing to the growing demand for retro-reflective sensors in the industrial manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors in the developed economies such as the U.S. and Germany. These sensors are used in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors to avoid the chance of empty packaging of medicines and tablets. These sensors integrate single sensor head, making them more economical & simpler in comparison to through-beam sensors.

The optical axis adjustment control and simple wiring help to deliver unaffected results irrespective of color and inclination of targeted object. Moreover, to cater to the high demand in the industry, the companies are inclined toward new product development with improved sensing range.

Growing demand for 101-1,000 mm range in logistics applications will spur the industry progression

Photoelectric Sensor Market Share

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The 101-1000 mm in the photoelectric sensor market is predicted to expand at a CAGR of more than 9% through 2027. These sensors offer short range and long-range object detection, irrespective of the material used such as metal, glass, wood, liquid, and plastic. Also, these sensors offer compact & cost-effective features, increasing their demand in various industries such as logistics and packaging which will create high growth opportunities across markets such as China, U.S, Japan and India.

These sensors manage variable & flexible production needs with high efficiency, increasing their adoption in the logistics sector. It eliminates the need to select multiple sensors for different applications. Market leaders are inclined toward new product launches and research & development activities, accelerating the industry expansion.

Technical advancements in LED photoelectric sensors for high accuracy will stimulate the market growth

Photoelectric Sensor Market Size

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The photoelectric sensor market for LED segment is poised to attain a CAGR of 6% through 2027. The increasing usage of red LED to provide visible beam and spot on the target, driving the market opportunities in food packaging, automotive, and other sectors. LED-based photoelectric sensors offer high precision and accurate result in automotive production line, managing each component processing at relevant stations.

Technological advancements in LED light source to deliver compact size and energy saving features, accelerating the market potential for photoelectric sensor manufacturers in robots and factory automation.

Rising government initiatives to fuel the manufacturing sector and propel the photoelectric sensor market expansion

The industrial manufacturing segment will account for 9% by 2027 on account of the increasing government funding and initiatives to advance the manufacturing sector in the region. For example, in May 2020, the European Commission announced the funding of around USD 60 million from its Horizon 2020 research budget to help the regional manufacturing sector accelerate its production line. Additional, USD 36 million will be provided to integrate digital innovation hub and AI, accelerating industrial production and digitalization in the region. These initiatives will help the companies to integrate new sensing technologies and automated machines, adding an opportunity for photoelectric sensor manufacturers.

Increasing acceptance of industrial robots in APAC will impel the market progression

APAC Photoelectric Sensor Market

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Asia Pacific photoelectric sensor market captured over 35% of revenue share in 2020 and is projected to grow at 9% CAGR through 2027 led by the rising inclination toward automation and industrial robots in China, Japan, and South Korea. Growing support from government has positively influenced the regional manufacturers to integrate IoT-based machines and robots in factories, adding an opportunity for the industry value. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) Report 2020, the operational stock of industrial robots in Japan accounted for around 355,000 units, with an increase of 12% from the previous year. The rising adoption of robots in the region will boost the growth opportunities for photoelectric sensor manufacturers.

Focus on new product development to stay competitive in the market

Key companies operating in the photoelectric sensor market are OMRON Corporation, KEYENCE CORPORATION, SICK AG, Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Inc., Pepperl+Fuchs, among others. The industry participants are continuously involved in the development of new product and research & development activities to cater to high competitiveness among other players.

The photoelectric sensor market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD & shipments in Units from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

Market, By Product

  • Photoelectric fork sensor
  • Photoelectric label sensor
  • Photoelectric distance sensor
  • Photoelectric color sensor
  • Others

Market, By Type

  • Through-beam
  • Retro-reflective
  • Diffuse

Market, By Range

  • < 100 mm
  • 101 mm - 1,000 mm
  • 1,001 mm to 10,000 mm
  • >10,000 mm

Market, By Source

  • Laser beam
  • Infrared (IR)
  • LED

Market, By Application

  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Automotive and transportation
  • Building automation
  • Food and beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical
  • Packaging & logistics
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • GCC
    • South Africa
Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Prasenjit Saha

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Photoelectric sensor market size was valued at over USD 1 billion in 2020 and will witness a CAGR of more than 7% through 2027.

Photoelectric color sensor segment had accounted for over 30% share in 2020 and will observe a CAGR of 8% through 2027 with increasing demand from the food & beverages industry.

LED segment will register a CAGR of 6% through 2027 owing to rising product demand across automotive, food packaging and other sectors.

Retro-reflective segment had held over 45% market share in 2020 and will record a CAGR of over 8% through 2027 with elevating product demand in industrial manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.

Asia Pacific photoelectric sensor market had captured over 35% share in 2020 and will observe a CAGR of 9% through 2027 owing to increasing adoption of automation and industrial robots in China, Japan, and South Korea.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 21
  • Tables & Figures: 675
  • Countries covered: 17
  • Pages: 300

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