Global Safety Light Curtain Market - 2022-2029
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The global safety light curtain market size was worth US$ XX million in 2021 and is estimated to reach US$ XX million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the forecast period (2022-2029).
Safety light curtains are safety systems that can automatically interrupt the operation of hazardous machinery when a human operator is nearby. An array of synchronized, parallel infrared light beams is projected from a photoelectric transmitter to a receiver unit. The light curtain's control logic delivers a stop signal to the guarded machine when an opaque item disrupts one or more of the sensing field's beams.
When the light curtain's timing and logic circuits are energized, the transmitter unit contains light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that generate pulses of invisible infrared light. The light pulses are both sequenced - each LED is turned on one at a time - and modulated - pulsed at a preset frequency. The receiving unit's phototransistors and supporting circuitry are programmed to detect only the pulse and frequency that have been assigned to it. External light sources are rejected more effectively using these strategies.
The demand for safety light curtains is mainly driven by the increasing awareness that industrial worker safety is a key driver for the market. The operational drawbacks of light safety curtains are a key factor in limiting the growth of this market.
The last two decades have experienced a relentless rise in automation of various industrial processes. Automation has brought greater speed, efficiency and quality to manufacturing and industrial operation. It has allowed companies to expand while increasing output and productivity rapidly. The fast-paced operating environment with little human interaction has created massive safety issues for workers.
Workers must keep pace with the frantic motion of operations and human factors such as fatigue can lead to errors and accidents. Some of the largest worker injury incidents occur in e-commerce logistic warehouses, which run 24/7 and operate extremely fast to fulfill customer orders in the shortest possible time. Workers cannot keep up with this pace and misplaced interaction with the automated machinery leads to tragic accidents.
Such accidents have also been witnessed at food processing plants where workers work long hours fast. In 2015, a factory worker was killed by a robot in Germany while rectifying an error with the robotic machinery. No safety barriers were present, which could have prevented the accident. Workplace accidents have increased awareness about worker safety and have forced companies to revamp their operational procedures and invest in new safety systems. It is a key driver for the global safety light curtains market.
Safety light curtains provide a cost-effective safety system that can be used for a wide range of modern industrial machinery. However, due to its design and construction, several operational drawbacks in safety light curtains can seriously affect worker safety. Safety light curtains utilize a beam of light to detect an obstruction and stop the machinery. However, most light beams have a distance limit of 10-20 meters, rendering them ineffective for bigger machinery.
Furthermore, if the beam is too high or low in height, it can also miss intrusion and may fail to prevent an accident. Strong mechanical vibrations, which are common in many industrial processes, can negatively affect the working of safety light curtains. Environmental factors such as high humidity and moisture, cutting oils and large amounts of water also affect the safety of light curtains. It renders them unsuitable for use in cutting and spraying machines. The various operational drawbacks of safety light curtains prevent their wider adoption and are a key challenge for the growth of the global safety light curtains market.
The global safety light curtain market experienced positive and negative impacts in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments worldwide imposed lockdowns and movement restrictions to curb the pandemic's spread. It severely curtailed the production of safety light curtains.
The light safety curtain is produced through a global and diversified supply chain. Component manufacturers, assemblers and distributors are located throughout the different regions of the world. It leaves the supply chain vulnerable to external shocks from global events. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains, leading to delays in production and shipping for every type of manufactured goods. It has affected the production of safety light curtains despite increasing demand. Production of safety light curtains is not expected to recover before early 2022 fully.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in demand for safety light curtains. Companies automated industrial processes to the maximum extent to prevent human contact and shield production from rising COVID cases. It has led to significant investment in safety systems to increase workplace safety. The relentless pace of automation in industrial processes is only likely to increase. The demand for safety light curtains remains strong and is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
The global safety light curtain market is segmented into safety level, component, application, end-user and region. The safety light curtain market is further segmented into level 2 and level 4 based on a safety level. Level 4 is leading in this segmentation since it is the most comprehensive safety level for light curtains. Repetitive, automated cross-checking for flaws and errors is a level 4 safety light curtains feature. A level 4 curtain will immediately detect a problem and signal the machine to lockdown mode if a problem arises. The machine will not restart until the affected part has been inspected and, if necessary, replaced, as well as the system has been reset. Light curtains at level 2 aren't quite as strict. The devices do periodic tests on their internal circuitry, with no testing or inspection.
North America is leading in the global safety light curtain market. The region accounts for the largest market share, primarily due to stringent emphasis on worker safety in various industries. North America has high-income, developed countries such as Canada and U.S.; therefore, all industrial production is highly automated and requires little human interaction.
Governmental regulatory organizations such as the occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) in U.S. and the Canadian center for occupational health and safety (CCOHS) have instituted various health and safety regulations in light of the growing accidents that occurred in the early years of industrial automation. Most of the regulations are binding on industrial companies and violations can lead to hefty fines and even prison for company executives.
The enforcement of stringent workplace safety regulations and the growing automation of various industrial processes will likely increase the demand for safety light curtains in North America. Although a large part of the global manufacturing is now concentrated in Asia-Pacific, worker safety laws are much more stringent in North America and the region is leading in the commercial adoption of new safety devices. North America is expected to retain a large regional share of the global safety light curtain market.
The global safety light curtain market is competitive due to a wide range of safety light curtains that cater to industrial applications. Some of the major market players contributing to the growth in the segment are Omron Corporation, Keyence Corporation, Rockwell Automation, Inc., Banner Engineering Corporation, Sick AG, IFM Electronic GmbH, Wenglor Sensoric GmbH, Panasonic Corporation, Pepperl+Fuchs International and Leuze electronic GmbH + Co. KG. The major players in the light curtain market adopt several growth strategies such as new product launches, joint ventures and collaborations, contributing to global growth in the industry.
In January 2020, at Shinagawa, OMRON Corporation opened the Automation Center Tokyo. The ATC-TOKYO is OMRON's flagship factory automation technology center, allowing customers to see and test cutting-edge FA that incorporates AI, IoT, robots and other cutting-edge technologies. Potential customers are invited to try out tailored solutions to difficulties on the shop floor based on cutting-edge technologies and applications produced by combining OMRON's more than 200,000 different types of control devices in the most efficient way possible.
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