The legal requirements regarding environmental protection are steadily increasing. Examples include the reduction of emissions and of energy consumption – whether in cars, heating systems or industrial facilities. In many processes, temperature control is a critical parameter for efficiency and conservation of resources.
Market requirements are another factor. The demand is rapidly growing for new solutions, such as smart household appliances and modern driver assistance systems. For the topics of the future, manufacturers must follow completely different paths than in the past. In particular, the growing use of electronics and sensor technologies in all areas of life is the foundation for greater functionality, reliability, safety, comfort and environmental friendliness.
Precise and reliable control is also the key to efficient processes and entirely new technologies. One example is the conversion from fossil fuels to renewable energies. Applications such as fuel cells, electromobility and other alternative fuels are often still at the limits of feasibility, or are not sufficiently cost-effective to be competitive. Precise sensors, accurate data and reliable control are essential requirements for high-performance products. Examples include temperature monitoring in charging sockets, electronic power boards, or fuel cells and lithium ion batteries.
Another keyword is networking. The Internet of Things is becoming increasingly important. When tomorrow’s appliances exchange information with each other, with building technology or with a smartphone, it is sensors that make this possible. The car of the future, with its highly developed, partially autonomous driver assistance systems, will be highly networked. This development will require skills and expertise for the forward integration of components in the big picture.