A smart sensor is a platform of various capabilities such as signal amplification and conditioning, analog-to-digital conversion, microcomputers, data storage devices, and bus communication. A smart sensor platform is used for predictive maintenance and instrumentation and to monitor and communicate the condition of key parameters more efficiently, such as equipment vibration. A generic smart sensor platform supports the interface between different hardware and a communication need of multiple positions and inertial sensors, with the help of point-to-point technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth or RFID.
In the aerospace domain, smart sensors can be employed for applications such as monitoring cracks, strain, vibrations, pressure, and temperature. In addition, for the above purposes, smart sensors need to monitor rotating machinery, aircraft wings, fuselage, stabilizer, slats, flats, spoilers, elevator, rudder, cockpit, and engines. The rate of Innovation for smart sensor in aerospace is high, which means technology is not fully developed and still needs improvement in terms of efficiency.
Approximately 53% of aircraft are made of a composite structure; therefore, a smart sensing platform is needed that can be embedded with the multifunctional composite material for life cycle management, i.e., monitoring the composite material from its quality process to its manufacturing process, where the smart sensing platform can sense current damage and state of the structure and predict the damage propagation during the life cycle
At present, large investments are being made to implement smart sensing features in aircraft. The emergence of smart sensors embedded in the aircraft structure will be evident worldwide in the next 5 to 10 years. Regions such as North America and Europe are heavily involved in a similar transformation.
The future of smart sensing technologies in aircraft is promising, and the technologies will soon start to capture a market share. The concept of a bio-inspired intelligent sensor network may seem to pose challenges for realization; however, changes are expected to occur in the next 5 to 10 years.
The report comprises of companies operating in the global smart sensor market for aerospace such as ABB Group, Analog Devices, Inc., Eaton Corporation, Emerson Process Management, Infineon Technologies, NXP Semiconductors and others. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.
Scope of the Report:
The smart sensor market is mainly divided as per the technology capabilities and is been segmented as follows:
Based on Technology Type:
- Fiber Optic Sensor
- MEMS Sensor
- Nano Sensor
- Ultrasonic Sensor
- Acoustic Sensor
- Imaging Sensor
- Temperature Sensor
Based on Region:
- Rest of the World
Recent Industry Trends:
Industries are emphasizing the need for enhancing sensor functionality and forming a network of sensors, which further leads to the need for autonomous computing and energy harvesting. Sensors can help businesses utilize their assets more efficiently and innovatively and increase end-user ROI, resulting in additional revenue streams. Continuous structure monitoring by integrated sensor networks can lead to improved damage discovery at a much earlier stage and enable continuous detection of evolving damage and, at the same time, heal the damage without disturbing ongoing operations.
- Insight 1: Building lightweight aircraft with high strength, major aircraft companies such as Boeing and Airbus have shifted their focus from a metal airframe and structure to a composite and aluminum structure. At present, 50% of Boeing’s aircraft are made up of a composite structure, whereas Airbus accounts for approximately 53%.
- Insight 2: Vibration is present in all aircraft to varying degrees and at various frequencies. In fixed-wing aircraft, interest has been in harvesting vibrations from large structures such as the composite wings and in engine casings. These vibrations can be used to power wireless sensors.
- Insight 3: Continuous monitoring of the aircraft’s structure by integrated sensor networks can lead to the discovery of damage at a much earlier stage and enable continuous detection of evolving damage. At the same time, healing the damage can be performed without disturbing ongoing operations.
The quantitative and qualitative data collected for the smart sensor aerospace report is from a combination of secondary and primary sources. Research interviews were conducted with senior executives and/or mangers in the Aircraft Carrier Industry. These Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) were then provided a questionnaire to gather quantitative and qualitative inputs on their operations, performance, strategies and views on the overall market, including key developments and technology trends. Data from interviews is consolidated, checked for consistency and accuracy, and the final market numbers are again validated by experts. The global market was split by product types and geography based on different factors like primary and secondary sources, understanding of the number of companies operating in each segment and also KOL insights.
To understand the trend in research and development of smart sensor segments, and their priorities, IndustryARC undertook exploratory patent analysis to lay an initial foundation for future research on development and use of technology. The exploratory analysis focused on identifying development related to technology of smart sensor aerospace based systems, with an emphasis on certain technology parameters which intended to understand the roles that various countries sees for naval systems. In addition analyzing trends in development of ships system and exploring how countries could deploy these systems; and identifying areas for further research and potential future developments. IndustryARC has analyzed patents in several different parameters in navy ships segment technologies. The patent analysis have also helped us to deduce and map the futuristic technologies in most efficient way. The technology roadmap is developed using bottom-up approach. The technology roadmap is categorized in three parts i.e. short term (less than 10 years), medium term (from 10 to 20 years) and long term from (more than 20 years).
Key Secondary resources include Government websites from various countries and private companies’ website covered in this report.
1. Smart Sensor for Aerospace – Market Overview
2. Smart Sensor for Aerospace – Market Executive Summary
3. Smart Sensor for Aerospace – Market Landscape
3.1. Market Share Analysis
3.2. Comparative Analysis
3.2.1. Product Benchmarking
3.2.2. End user profiling
3.2.3. Patent Analysis
3.2.4. Top 5 Financials Analysis
4. Smart Sensor for Aerospace – Market Forces
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Challenges
4.3. Attractiveness of the Smart Sensor in Aerospace Industry
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of New entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitution
4.3.5. Rivalry among the Competitors
5. Smart Sensor for Aerospace Market – Strategic Analysis
5.1. Value Chain Analysis
5.2. Pricing Analysis
5.3. Opportunities Analysis
5.4. Product/Market Life Cycle Analysis
5.5. Supplier and Distributor Analysis
6. Smart Sensor for Aerospace Market By Technology
6.1. Fiber Optic Sensor
6.2. MEMS Sensor
7. Smart Sensor for Aerospace Market – By Geography
7.3. Asia Pacific
7.4.2. Middle East
8. Smart Sensor for Aerospace Market Entropy
8.1. Preferred Strategy
8.2. New Product Launch
8.3. Mergers & Acquisitions
8.4. Product Developments
8.5. Ventures & Partnerships
8.6. R&D and Business Expansions
9. Company Profiles (Overview, Financials, SWOT Analysis, Developments, Product Portfolio)
9.1. ABB Group
9.2. Analog Devices, Inc
9.3. Eaton Corporation
9.4. Emerson Process Management
9.5. Infineon Technologies
9.6. NXP Semiconductors
9.7. Renesas Electronics Corporation
9.9. Yokogawa Electric Corp
9.10. BAE Systems
9.11. Acellent Technologies
9.12. AllCell Technologies
9.13. Envia Systems Inc
9.14. B/E Aerospace
*More than 10 Companies are profiled in this Research Report*
"*Financials would be provided on a best efforts basis for private companies"
10.3. Research Methodology