Safety Light Curtain Industry, Business Development Analysis and Future Challenges by 2024

Safety Light Curtain Market is expected to experience high demand influx, owing to the adoption of Industry 4.0 across all industrial sectors. Industry 4.0 mandates the use of this equipment to guarantee protection in activities such as assembly, storage, packaging, and processing without human interference. The safety light curtain market size is expected to gain momentum over the next seven years, owing to rise in the number of industrial accidents, particularly in industries such as pharmaceuticals & chemicals, automotive, and packaging.

The equipment provides a reliable and cost-effective way to protect machines from damage and employees from injury by protecting points of access, operation, areas, and perimeters. Increasing government regulations pertaining to the protection of employees at the workplace are expected to aid the safety light curtain market growth. OSHA has mandated the use of this equipment to reduce the number of workplace fatalities and injuries. Furthermore, the regulatory body has imposed rules that the industries must comply while selection and installation of these devices in their premises.

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The players in the industry are leveraging the increasing automation in the packaging industry to expand their businesses. Packaging industry is growing rapidly, owing to the growing retail, e-commerce, cosmetics, and packaged goods sector. Companies are investing in robotic technology to increase operational efficiency and reduce time & costs. With increasing number of robots, the need for security has increased drastically, thus propelling the safety light curtain market growth. However, factors such as high maintenance requirements and inability of these devices to provide secondary protection is expected to restrain safety light curtain market growth. Furthermore, lack of awareness of benefits of these devices is expected to obstruct the demand for such devices.

The devices equipped with presence sensing device initiation (PSDI) are currently trending in the safety light curtain market. The devices with PSDI technique improves the performance without hampering the security. Pneumatic press is an appropriate example where PSDI can increase efficiency in the long run, as this technique enables the use of machine to its fullest capacities and thus increase productivity significantly.

The safety light curtain market is segmented into type 2 and type 4, on the basis of type of protection level. Type 4 devices are predicted to grow faster over the forecast period, owing to reduced response times as compared to type 2 devices. Furthermore, these devices can be used for finger, hand, and body detection, whereas type 2 devices are only used for hand and body detection. However, type 2 are cheaper and are widely used where there is a low risk of injury for the operators.

On the basis of resolution, the safety light curtain market is segmented into more than 90mm, 25mm – 90mm, and 9mm – 24mm. The demand for devices with 25mm – 90mm resolution are expected to witness considerable growth, owing to low costs and high efficiency. These devices are being used on a large scale for hand detection applications. On the basis of end-use, the safety light curtain market is segmented into automotive, healthcare, food & beverages, and packaging. The automotive industry is projected to hold majority share in the industry, owing to wide range of applications such as presses, assembly/disassembly, and material handling. Growing awareness regarding implementation of safety protocols in automotive industry is expected to bode well for the industry over the next seven years.

Packaging industry, particularly in end of line packaging is expected to witness increasing demand for these equipment in the safety light curtain market over the forecast timespan. End of line packaging machines operate automatically and provides potential for unauthorized access. Increasing need to ensure protection for workers against hazardous movement at the pallet entry and exit is expected to drive industry growth.

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Asia Pacific safety light curtain market is expected to grow substantially, owing to rapid industrialization in countries including India, China, and South Korea. Growing awareness regarding increasing protection in workplace environments are aiding the rise in demand for these devices. Growing awareness regarding the efficient machine handling & control and constant improvement in manufacturing processes is anticipated fuel growth in the region. China safety light curtain market is expected to grow rapidly, owing to increase in mass production of electronics, semiconductors, and automobiles.

The key players in the safety light curtain market include Rockwell Automation, KEYENCE, Omron Corporation, SICK, Banner Engineering, Schneider Electric, Pepperl+Fuchs, Schneider Electric, Datalogic, Panasonic, Rockwell Automation, and Leuze Electronic. The manufacturers are focused on enhancing the capabilities of products to gain competitive advantage. For instance, in November 2015, Omron Corporation introduced F3SG-RE Global Safety Light Curtain with 24-hour multi-language online diagnostics, built particularly for manufacturers who intend to standardize safety on products that are available globally.

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