Market Research Report
Global Contact Probe Market - 2020-2027
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|Global Contact Probe Market - 2020-2027|
|Published: June 15, 2021||Content info: 287 Pages||
The Global Contact Probe Market is expected to grow at a CAGR during the forecasting period (2021-2028).
Contact probe is a testing instrument that can be fit into the assembly line of the electronic devices manufacturing industries for testing of semiconductor, electronics, and electrical devices. The equipment helps to reduce the labor cost, time, and manual efforts involved in the semiconductor manufacturing process by ensuring the high quality of the devices.
The size of such test equipment varies from small computer-driven dedicated fixed purpose testers to large programmable machines. The cost of the equipment also varies according to size. Contact probe is test equipment devices perform wafer testing or wafer sorting for the semiconductor device.
The contact probes provide accurate testing of the irregular shapes roughness testing of the surface of the equipment. Hence, contact probes are preferred in various applications, including manufacturing industries, automotive, electronics, semiconductors, and many more.
Source: DataM Intelligence Analysis (2019)
The growing application of contact probes in various electronic instruments triggers the global market for contact probes in various developing regions. Growing adoption of various consumer electronic products and futuristic technology is creating immense opportunities for the contact probe market to proliferate in the forecast period
The growing application of contact probes in various electronic instruments is triggering the global market for contact probe in various developing regions
Spring contact probes or contact probes are used for consistent low-wear contacting and testing of electric and electronic devices. General applications are PCB test, wire harness and connector test, the use as charging and battery contacts or connectors of cordless electronic devices. Furthermore, to cater to the various applications, contact probes are available in various tip styles, dimensions and spring forces, some even with added integrated functions, which is helping the market capture the electronic market in terms of testing and as a connector.
For instance, contact probes are used for wire harness and connector test which are used in different functions includes measurements of active resistance of conductors, studies related to influence of environmental factors, test of mechanical parameters and test of resistance of chemical agents etc., to perform the above-mentioned functions requires various types of probes such as threaded probes, step probes, push back probes.
An example of contact probes in a wire harness is light contact probes used as testing instruments for terminal insertion of wire harness connectors making module construction easier. Originally contact probes are innovated for PCB testing, and at present, they have become standardized. They are material commodities and need to be restored and changed regularly. The steady demand for PCBs provides steady market revenue to the contact probes due to the constant demand for testing products globally. For instance, according to IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries), total North American PCB shipments in December 2019 were increased by 8.7 percent compared to the last year.
Growing adoption of various consumer electronic products and futuristic technology
Contact probes are used in many industries for their testing and effective connection abilities, which is boosting the demand for contact probes in the household consumer electronics sector; security electronic products sector; portable personal devices such as laptops, smartphones; transportation; medical; industrial and industrial retail. For instance, according to The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the global semiconductor industry sales were US$ 412.1 billion in 2019.
The huge industrial establishment of semiconductors and the growing adoption of modern portable devices are constantly driving the market growth of contact probes. Furthermore, in most mobile phones, a contact probe is used as a connector to charge the battery or other functions such as data transmission. Due to IoT technology, most devices come with connectivity options, which are the major end-user market of contact probes at present.
For instance, even at the Covid-19 pandemic, worldwide smartphone vendors shipped about 374 thousand units in the fourth quarter of 2020, leading to annual growth of 1.1% compared to the 369.9 thousand units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2019. The high demand for smartphones is expected to strengthen the contact probe market in the future. Contact probes are also applied in new modern medical devices such as CPI dockings, skin lasers, inhalation machines and pregnancy monitors etc.
Design and construction limitations are hampering the market's growth
According to the demand of consumers and technological needs, lack of innovation and design limitation hinders the market growth of the global contact probe market. For instance, mobile devices started using the USB 3.1 Type C and USB SS, but the pogo pin design is increasingly challenged and outdated.
Although they may be continued to operate at higher speeds, these contacts are not designed to operate at higher speeds. Many manufacturers are interested in other innovative connectors instead of contact probes for designs that require physical flexibility in high-speed applications. Since there is no wiping action, as with a standard pin and socket contact, this design is more subject to contamination and corrosion.
The corrosion, in turn, increases the contact resistance through the connection, making it more difficult for low voltage, high-speed signals to be transmitted. This design is subject to contamination and corrosion since there is no wiping action with a normal pin and socket contact. With corrosion, it results in more contact resistance through the connections, making it difficult to use for low voltage, high-speed signals to be transmitted.
In addition, a second design issue is an internal spring. The spring has to make good contact with the pogo pin's plunger and base, which can be tricky. The spring also creates inductance into the contact due to its spiral design. The quality of the raw materials and the design of the pogo pin are important to its performance. Poor quality metal, inferior structural integrity, and cheap construction of equipment can cause high levels of contact resistance, which may hamper the market.
COVID-19 Impact Analysis
Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected the market of contact probe due to supply chain disruption, difficulty in raw material procurement, availability of human resources, lockdown in various countries as well as an adverse effect and low demand in end-user industries such as semiconductor, PCB industry, smart-phone industry, consumer electronics and industrial sector.
For instance, Cohu Inc., after thinking of the uncertainty and unfavorable business impacts of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Board, on March 23, 2020, proactively accepted 20% temporary cash retainer and fee reductions for non-employee directors, implemented from second fiscal quarter 2020. As most of the contact probe companies are largely dependent on a few end-users of the semiconductor and PCB industry, they are suffering from low demand.
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3D touch probes make it possible for various product manufacturers to record non-planar surfaces electronically and precisely inspect 3-dimensional bodies
In terms of product, the contact probe market is segmented into 3D touch probes, 2D spindle probes, short travel probes, double plunger probes, battery contacts, threaded probes, etc. Out of the different types of products mentioned above, 3D touch probes are expected to build the largest market in the forecast period.
A 3D touch probe is used to measure geometries of various workpieces such as holes, grooves, edges, and angles with high measurement precision and high repeatability. These structures make it possible for various product manufacturers to record non-planar surfaces electronically and precisely inspect 3-dimensional bodies. Furthermore, these are usually supplied uncalibrated and allows mechanical calibration to ensure perfect alignment of the probe axis with the spindle axis. 3D touch has evolved as a crucial part of CNC machining owing to its rapid penetration in various industries and widening range of applications
Particularly in CNC machining applications, these probes play a vital role in cutting, punching, and forming to measure and verify the workpiece's process accurately. Apart from this, 3D touch probes are employed in several other end-use industries, including automotive, medical devices, aerospace & defense, electronics, and oil & gas. Companies such as Renishaw, Hexagon, Big Daishowa and others have launched a different variety of products, particularly focusing on 3D touch probes
Source: DataM Intelligence Analysis (2019)
Rapidly growing manufacturing facilities with growing population demand for consumer's electronics, automotive, etc. with the contact probe-based products is boosting the market of Asia-pacific region in the recent period
By region, the global contact probe market is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, and Africa. Among all of the regions, Asia-Pacific is the dominant region for the global contact probe market and expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecasted period due to growing the manufacturing facilities with growing population demand for consumers electronics, automotive, etc. with the contact probe-based products followed by North America region.
Further Asia-Pacific region has increased the demand for commercial and public infrastructure due to urbanization and population growth. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) report, the Asia/Pacific region has the highest presence of leading manufacturers, and the insulation market has accounted for over 40% of global revenue in this market.
High industrialization rates and increased construction spending in emerging economies like China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines have driven the need for a better contact probe market. North America is also growing fast for the insulation foam market due to the growing demand for thermal insulation in commercial and residential buildings, followed by the European region.
Further, the market is driven by rising the consume awareness regarding energy conservation and regulatory policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the help of better foam insulating materials in the building & construction sector. North America's growth for the Contact Probe market is also influenced by government initiatives such as the Weatherization Assistance Program, which promotes thermal insulation, especially in low-income households.
Source: DataM Intelligence Analysis (2019)
The contact probe market is highly fragmented with the presence of local as well as global companies. Some of the key players contributing to the market's growth include FEINMETALL GmbH, Marposs S.p.A., Renishaw plc., Hexagon AB, DR. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH, Blum-Novotest GmbH, Tormach, Inc., METROL Co., Ltd., Centroid Corporation, Quality Vision International, Mahr GmbH, Zeiss are the leading market players with significant market share and among others.
The major players are adopting several growth strategies such as product launches, acquisitions, and collaborations, contributing to the contact probe market's growth globally. However, key players focusing on contact probe products target product launch as their growth strategy to build its market share.
For instance, on 2nd Sep 2020, Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division launched a ground-breaking ultrasonic probe for automated wall thickness measurement on machine tools designed for wet machining
Overview: Renishaw is a global healthcare technology and high-precision metrology group that designs, develops and delivers solutions & systems that provide unparalleled precision, control & reliability. The company has more than 79 offices in 37 countries, with over 2,500 people are employed within the UK, where they carry out the majority of R&D and manufacturing.
The company products serve truly diverse markets across various industries, including automotive, electronics, aerospace, energy and others. The company world growing in the field of additive manufacturing (also referred to as metal 3D printing), where they design and produce industrial machines which print parts from metal powder
REVO: The REVO system uses synchronized motion and 5-axis measurement technology to minimize the dynamic effects of coordinate measurement machine (CMM) motion at ultra-high measurement speeds. In addition, the tip-sensing probe further adds to the system's flexibility, accuracy and performance. The removable probe system offers five specialized sensors, including scanning, surface finish and structured light measurement, which are used with a low-cost changer, provide added flexibility and reduce capital expenditure.
In September 01, 2019, Renishaw announced the new RFP fringe probe launch for use with the REVO 5-axis measurement system on co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs). Moreover, the RFP probe increases the multi-sensor capability of the REVO system by adding non-contact structured light inspection to the existing product range, which now offers five different probe families, each specifically designed to maximize the advantages of 5-axis motion and infinite positioning.
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