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Torque sensor also referred to as torque transducer is a device that is used to measure the torque of a rotating system such as electric motors, crankshaft, engine, and gearbox. Torque measurement and monitoring is an important parameter in all machines and engines. Depending upon the type of product, torque sensors are segmented into – rotary torque sensor, reaction torque sensor, optical torque sensor, surface acoustic wave (SAW) torque sensor, and other (magnetoelastic torque sensor).

The global torque sensor market is estimated to be valued at US$ 556.8 million in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.29 % over the forecast period (2021-2028).

Recent Developments:

  1. In May 2020, Kistler Holding AG entered into a cooperation agreement with Vehico, a German-based robots manufacturer to accelerate sensor technologies.
  2. In November 2020, HBM (Germany) launched a new torque transducer T40CB featuring a central bore hole that makes it ideal for testing automobile parts in confined spaces. It also features analog and digital interfaces, which ensure it integrates with many different test bench systems.
  3. In May 2020, Kistler Holding (Switzerland) announced a collaboration with Vehico (Germany), a manufacturer of driving robots and vehicle control systems for vehicle testing. As a result of this collaboration, an extensive package of sensor technologies and driving robots will now be available to Vehico from a single source.

Asia Pacific held dominant position in the global torque sensor market in 2020, accounting for 47.53% % share in terms of volume, followed by Europe and North America, respectively.

Figure 1. Global Torque Sensor Market Value (US$ 660.4 Mn), by Region, 2020

Torque Sensors  | Coherent Market Insights

Market Dynamics- Drivers

Emerging applications of torque sensors are expected to drive growth of the global torque sensor market during the forecast period. Torque sensors are being used in a variety of applications across various industries. Torque sensors find applications in aerospace & defense, oil & gas, automotive & transportation, medical & healthcare, etc. Growing emphasis on performance optimization and quality control across various industries is encouraging the adoption of torque sensors for various applications.

High demand from automotive application segment is expected to propel the global torque sensor market growth over the forecast period. The automotive application segment is expected to maintain its dominance in the global torque sensor market during the forecast period. Torque sensors are widely used in automotive applications to measure torque of the engine, crankshaft, gearbox, and electric motors. Although other sectors such as medical and aerospace are increasingly using torque sensors, automotive application segment is expected to maintain its dominance in the near future. According to Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, the global torque sensor market was valued at US$ 574.63 million in 2014.

Market Opportunity

Development of non-contact & wireless sensors can present lucrative growth opportunities in the global torque sensor market. Manufacturers are focusing on the incorporation of novel torque sensing technologies namely wireless sensors and non-contact sensors based on surface acoustic wave (SAW), optical torque sensing technologies. Moreover, advancements in technology in sensor technology combined with a decline in prices have led to an increase in applications of torque sensors.

Rising implementation of quality standards specifications can provide major business opportunities in the global torque sensor market. Manufacturers are focused on adoption of international quality standard specifications such as ISO 9000 for the manufacture of torque sensors in order to ensure the production of optimal quality products and maintain a competitive edge in the market. This, in turn, is increasing adoption of torque sensors, especially for high precision applications.

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Torque Sensor Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2020 Market Size in 2021: US$ 556.8 Mn
Historical Data for: 2017 to 2020 Forecast Period: 2021 to 2028
Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR: 6.29% 2028 Value Projection: US$ 794.1 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • Region: North America, Latin America, Europe, APAC, MEA
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Rotary Torque Sensors, Reaction Torque Sensors, SAW Torque Sensors, Optical Torque Sensors, Others
  • By Mechanical Configuration: Shaft Style, Flange Style
  • By Application: Automotive & Transportation, Aerospace & Defense, Medical & Healthcare, Others
Companies covered:

ABB Ltd., Datum Electronics Limited, ATI Industrial Automation, Inc., HBM GmBH, FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc., Kistler Holding AG, Interface Inc., and Crane Electronics Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Emerging applications of torque sensors
  • High demand from automotive application
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Technological anomalies due to diversity of applications
  • High product cost for the advanced application

Market Trends

Revenue contribution of the rotary torque sensor segment is increasing continuously. It is due to the wide range of automotive applications of rotary torque sensors. Some of the vital applications of rotary torque sensors in the automotive sector include automotive engine testing, electric motor testing, efficiency testing, and engine & chassis dynamometers. Revenue contribution of the rotary torque sensor segment is increasing continuously. It is due to the wide range of automotive applications of rotary torque sensors. Some of the vital applications of rotary torque sensors in the automotive sector include automotive engine testing, electric motor testing, efficiency testing, and engine & chassis dynamometers.

SAW torque sensors have vital applications in the automotive industry, which include Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), crankshafts, and drive shafts, among others. The SAW torque sensor is an advanced torque-sensing technology and, thus, are expected to drive growth of the overall torque sensor market. Moreover, SAW torque sensors provide more precise torque measurement as compared to their counterparts such as rotary torque sensors, as it is an advanced torque sensing technology. SAW torque sensors, which are a non-contact wireless sensing technology, deliver enhanced accuracy as compared to the other alternative product types, thereby leading to improved quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. For instance, key market players, such as Sensor Technology Ltd., offer a series of torque sensors based on surface acoustic wave technology.

Figure 2. Global Torque Sensor Market Share, By 33.86%, 2020

Torque Sensors  | Coherent Market Insights

Key Takeaways of the Graph:

  • The Shaft Style held dominant position in the market and accounted for 33.86% share in the global torque sensor market in 2020. The segment is expected to reach US$ 870.1 million in 2028, owing to advanced Technological anomalies.

Market Dynamics- Restraints

Technological anomalies due to diversity of applications are expected to restrain growth of the global torque sensor market during the forecast period. Torque sensors are used in a variety of applications including medical prosthetic, automotive, etc. The typical requirement of these applications varies significantly. This, in turn, makes it challenging for torque sensor manufacturers to produce custom-made torque sensors as per different designs.

High product cost for the advanced application is expected to hinder the global torque sensor market growth over the forecast period. The price of torque sensors depends upon its application and product type. For instance, in aerospace & defense applications, torque sensors are very crucial since tremendous torque is generated during the flight. Similarly, in medical applications, torque design and precise measurement are of utmost importance to ensure accuracy and efficiency of operation. These highly advanced application demand technically superior solutions, which significantly increases production costs of torque sensors. This hampers growth of the market to a certain extent.

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global torque sensor market are ABB Ltd., Datum Electronics Limited, ATI Industrial Automation, Inc., HBM GmBH, FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc., Kistler Holding AG, Interface Inc., and Crane Electronics Ltd.

Torque sensors, sometimes called rotary torque testers, are used in various applications where the torque measurement has to be taken at a turning shaft. Most such sensors are driven by an electrical motor (the driving unit), but there are some that are driven by a direct transmission shaft (ESD). These sensors provide the user with the ability to measure both rotary and straight thrust torque. They also have the ability to measure changes in velocity and acceleration. A rotary or ESD torque sensor is normally a wire wound spring-loaded by a variable resistance that is then activated by an electric current passing through it. This device produces a very weak magnetic signal as the wheel spins on the shaft. When the wire is twisted or bent it produces a much stronger signal. As the wheel moves on the shaft, the distance between the two ends of the wire is measured and this measured value is interpreted by the sensor.

Market Dynamics

Growing use of torque sensors in robotics is expected to boost the global torque sensor market growth over the forecast period. Apart from automobile applications, torque sensors are widely used in robotics. They measure the torque outputted during the arm movement. Generally, these torque sensors are mounted between the robot arm servo motor and its mounting points. With growing adoption of robotics across various sectors including healthcare, supply chain, automobile, e-commerce, etc. has increased the demand for torque sensors massively.

Furthermore, increasing demand for advanced high-performance vehicles is expected to accelerate growth of the global torque sensor market growth over the forecast period.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides in-depth analysis of the torque sensor market, and provides market size (US$ 517.3Million) and compound annual growth rate (6.29%) for the forecast period (2021–2028), considering 2020 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunities across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrices for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, market trends,  regional outlook, and competitive strategies adopted by key players
  • It profiles key players in the global torque sensor market based on the following parameters – company highlights, products portfolio, key highlights, financial performance, and strategies
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include ABB Ltd., Datum Electronics Limited, ATI Industrial Automation, Inc., HBM GmBH, FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc., Kistler Holding AG, Interface Inc., and Crane Electronics Ltd.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of the companies to make informed decisions regarding their future product launches, type up-gradation, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global torque sensor market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, product manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through various strategy matrices used in analyzing the global torque sensor market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Torque Sensor Market, By Type
    • Rotary Torque Sensors
    • Reaction Torque Sensors
    • SAW Torque Sensors
    • Optical Torque Sensors
    • Others
  • Global Torque Sensor Market, By Mechanical Configuration
    • Shaft Style
    • Flange Style
  • Global Torque Sensor Market, By Application
    • Automotive & Transportation
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Medical & Healthcare
    • Others

Frequently Asked Questions

The global torque sensor market is estimated to be valued at US$ 556.8 million in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.29% over the forecast period (2021-2028).
Emerging applications of torque sensors are expected to drive growth of the market during the forecast period.
Technological anomalies due to diversity of applications are expected to restrain growth of the market during the forecast period.
In 2020, the Shaft style accounted for the largest share of 33.86% in the market and is expected to be valued at US$ 794.1 million by 2028.
Development of non-contact & wireless sensors can present lucrative growth opportunities in the market.
Key players operating in the market are ABB Ltd., Datum Electronics Limited, ATI Industrial Automation, Inc., HBM GmBH, FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc., Kistler Holding AG, Interface Inc., and Crane Electronics Ltd.

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