Market Trends of Flow Meters Industry
This section covers the major market trends shaping the Flow Meters Market according to our research experts:
Electromagnetic Flow Meter Holds Significant Market Share
- Electromagnetic flow meters detect flow using Faraday's law of induction. An electromagnetic coil generates a magnetic field and electrodes that capture voltage (electromotive force) within an electromagnetic flowmeter. Due to the presence of coil and electrodes, there is nothing inside the flow pipes of an electromagnetic flow meter, and flow can be measured.
- According to Faraday's law of induction, moving conductive liquids inside the magnetic field generates voltage. The inner pipe diameter, magnetic field strength, and average flow velocity are all proportional. Also, an essential difference between electromagnetic and other flow meters is that because electromagnetic flowmeters work on electromagnetic induction, conductive liquids are the only liquids for which flow can be detected.
- Electromagnetic flowmeters have a wide range of applications in food industries, chemical applications, natural gas supplies, wastewater, mining, and power utilities. They are largely unaffected by the liquid's temperature, pressure, density, and viscosity.
- According to US Geological Survey, global copper mine production amounted to an estimated 21 million metric tons in the last year. Global copper production has steadily grown over the past decade, rising from 16 million metric tons in 2010.
- Electromagnetic flowmeters start as volumetric flow devices but can measure mass flow by plugging the product's density. The density value must remain stable for accuracy. In a few cases, a density meter is also used with electromagnetic meters to provide mass flow readings.
- For instance, mining companies often use an electromagnetic flow meter to measure slurry flow with specific liners to reduce abrasion. A densimeter sends data for the electromagnetic flowmeter to translate into an online mass flow measurement. The growth in mining activities globally is encouraging the use of electromagnetic flowmeters. According to EIA, crude oil production in the United States is expected to increase in the current year by 0.4 million b/d due to increased drilling activities, leading to flow meter adoption.
North America is Expected to Register the Largest Market
- The North American region is expected to hold a significant market share, primarily owing to the significantly developed oil and gas, chemicals, and power generation industries. The North American renewable power generation industry is also expected to continue to invest significantly in new projects. According to IRENA, In the last year, the global installed renewable energy capacity will be 3.1 terawatts, a 9.3 percent increase over the previous year. The renewable energy sector has undergone an expansion over recent decades due to decreasing pricing in renewable technologies as well as concerns about the environmental impact of more traditional sources.
- Diaphragm-positive displacement meters are widely used in the United States for commercial and utility gas flow measurement, per the Pipeline and Gas Journal report published last year. These meters are often used outside restaurants and other small businesses to measure gas consumption. Larger business establishments also use diaphragm meters to measure gas consumption, although, in many cases, the utility owns the meter. Recently, rotary meters have been replacing diaphragm meters in some applications.
- Thus, to maintain the establishment and organization of the wastewater system, many companies are making strategic acquisitions to gain the technical expertise required. For instance, in May 2021, The TASI Group of Companies acquired Mission Communication and Norcross GA to complement TASI Flow's existing Asset Management and Wireless Connectivity Strategy, enabling a strong presence in the Water and Wastewater market.
- Companies are also introducing innovative digital interfaces and software solutions in the studied segment. For instance, in February 2021, Emerson launched new software that boosts process automation with the application of the Roxar 2600 Multiphase Flow Meter (MPFM) for the oil and gas industry. Its Rapid Adaptive Measurement software architecture helps the Roxar 2600 to do the parallel calculation at 10Hz and automatically select the optimal configuration for a particular time.