Global Thermal Scanners Market Size, Trends, and Analysis - Forecasts To 2026 By Technology (Cooled, Uncooled), By Wavelength (Short-wave Infrared (SWIR), Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR), Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR)), By Type (Fixed, Portable), By Application (Thermography, Security & Surveillance, Search & Rescue, Other Applications), By Verticals (Industrial, Commercial Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Oil & Gas, Other Verticals), By Region (North America, Asia Pacific, CSA, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa); End-User Landscape, Company Market Share Analysis & Competitor Analysis
Thermal scanners are infrared-based imaging systems that are capable of analyzing body temperature and create thermal images by studying the infrared waves emitted by the body. Since the augment of COVID-19 infection, the thermal scanners market has witnessed a huge demand across the globe. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, thermal scanners are being implemented to monitor the body temperatures of people entering a public space discretely without coming into contact with them. Thermal scanners are used extensively in security applications to find concealed objects, monitor persons of interest, monitor areas at night, target detection in military applications, and in the healthcare sector to measure body temperature. Thermal scanners can withstand various climatic conditions and have been positively impacted by the growing investment in the research and development of thermal scanning technology by companies and governments. The thermal scanners allow military weaponry to detect the target by being highlighted against the lighter less infrared emitting background. Similarly in airports, thermal scanners can be used to find concealed objects which would appear darker than the surroundings. They are also being implemented in the automotive industry for improved night-time monitoring of the roads and obstacles. The thermal is driven by the growing demand for thermals scanners due to the COVID-19 outbreak, increasing application of thermal scanners in the military, monitoring in airports, security and surveillance, and the aerospace industry. The market is restrained by the growing regulations on the importing and exporting of thermal scanners.
Based on technology, the thermal scanners market is segmented into cooled and uncooled. The uncooled segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period. The uncooled segment is also expected to hold the lion’s share of the market. Uncooled thermal scanners are capable of operating in various conditions like fog and dust. This has allowed them to be used in a wide range of industries like aerospace and defense, automotive, and other industries. The uncooled thermal scanners are also cost-effective in nature. The wide range of applications and the cheaper nature of the uncooled segments are the major drivers of this segment compared to the cooled thermal scanners segment.
Based on the wavelength, the thermal scanners market is segmented into the short-wave infrared, mid-wave infrared, and long-wave infrared segments. The short-wave segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period. A large number of applications of the short-wavelength in moisture detection, thermography, security and surveillance, and semiconductor inspection, among other applications is expected to increase the demand for the short-wave segment in the thermal scanners market. The long-wave segment is expected to hold the lion’s share of the market. The large application of long-wave thermal scanners in aerospace & defense applications is the major driver of the long-wave segment. Long-wave thermal scanners are lighter than the other two segments as well as having a smaller size makes them suitable for military applications.
Based on type, the thermal scanner market can be segmented into the fixed thermal scanner and portable thermal scanner segments. The fixed thermal scanner segment is expected to hold the dominant share of the market during the forecast period. The rising demand for fixed thermal scanners in the industrial sector especially steel and ceramic processing industries are expected to be the major drivers of the fixed thermal scanner segment during the forecast period.
Based on application, the thermal scanner market can be segmented into thermography, security & surveillance, search & rescue, others. The thermography segment is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. Thermography is becoming increasingly used to study the thermal activity of the equipment used in the manufacturing industries. By avoiding overheating, industries can save costs due to unexpected shutdowns, repair costs, and early detection of faults before the machinery is damaged. This increased application is expected to drive the growth of the thermography segment of the thermal scanner market.
Based on the verticals, the thermal scanner market can be segmented into industrial, commercial, aerospace and defense, automotive, healthcare and life sciences, oil and gas, and others. The aerospace and defense segment is the largest shareholder of the thermal scanner market. Thermal scanners are used for various applications in the aerospace and defense industry to monitor borders, target detection, and night-time surveillance.
The North American region held the largest share of the market. The region has been characterized by rapid technological advancements, increased spending on research and development, high spending on aerospace and defense, and security and surveillance. The region has seen the largest demand for thermal scanners as lockdown restrictions are eased and workers returned to the workspace. The region is also home to some of the major vendors of the thermal scanner. The APAC region is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period. The region has seen an increase in spending on aerospace and defense.
Fluke Corporation (US), FLIR Systems, Inc. (US), AMETEK Land (UK), Leonardo S.p.A. (Italy), Opgal (Israel), L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (US), Axis Communications AB (Sweden), Seek Thermal (California, US), Optotherm, Inc. (US), Thermoteknix Systems Ltd. (UK), VUMII Imaging (US), Infratec GmbH (Germany), TERABEE (France), Xenics (Belgium), and Testo SE & Co. KGaA (Germany), among others, are the major vendors competing in the thermal scanners market.
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The Global Thermal Scanners Market has been studied from the year 2019 till 2026. However, the CAGR provided in the report is from the year 2021 to 2026. The research methodology involved three stages: Desk research, Primary research, and Analysis & Output from the entire research process.
The desk research involved a robust background study which meant referring to paid and unpaid databases to understand the market dynamics; mapping contracts from press releases; identifying the key players in the market, studying their product portfolio, competition level, annual reports/SEC filings & investor presentations; and learning the demand and supply-side analysis for the Thermal Scanners Market.
The primary research activity included telephonic conversations with more than 50 tier 1 industry consultants, distributors, and end-use product manufacturers.
Finally, based on the above thorough research process, an in-depth analysis was carried out considering the following aspects: market attractiveness, current & future market trends, market share analysis, SWOT analysis of the company and customer analytics.
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