Global Mass Flow Controller Market: The rising focus on micro technology in sectors, such as science & engineering, has highlighted the emphasis on the measurement of extremely low mass flow rates.

Published Date: 11/05/2021

The global mass flow controller market size is expected to grow from USD 1 billion in 2020 to USD 1.6 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 5.5 %. With the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are posed to fight one of the fastest-spreading health crises of the world. There is a rise in the production of all critical medical devices required to cure COVID-19 patients.

Mass flow controllers play an essential role in the quality control of different types of medical devices, and several key industry players have grabbed the opportunity to fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic. For instance, Ready Smart mass flow controllers of Sierra Instruments provide critical gas flow control systems for bioreactors to scale vaccines from lab to pilot to full-scale production. Furthermore, the enhanced focus on the Industrial Internet Of Things (IIoT), smart factory, and industrial automation in the post-COVID-19 period will drive the demand for controller technologies and sophisticated process technologies, such as flow metering and control.

A mass flow controller has an internal control valve that automatically and continuously maintains the flow at the desired rate; however, this internal control valve operates accurately only with limited differential pressure. The internal mechanism of a control valve uses a spring that limits fluctuations in the differential pressure across the valve. Drastic fluctuations in the differential pressure cause tuning and range-related problems in control valves, resulting in a constant offset.

Factors such as tuning issues and high fluctuations in differential pressure create problems for high-pressure applications. For example, in research reactors, the pressure needs to be changed during testing, or these reactors may require the dispensed gas to generate initial reactor pressure. In this case, there is a major change in the differential pressure that can cause inaccurate flow. For a few specific applications, the outlet pressure has to be significantly higher than the specified and configured pressure of the mass flow controller; this mainly causes tuning and flow range problems.

Several applications in medical and pharmaceutical industries require efficient and reliable measurement of gas or liquid flow. For example, ventilation devices used during emergency treatment are required for providing an optimum flow of oxygen to the ailing patient. In this case, the performance capability of mass flow controllers is crucial. Also, controllers used in medical equipment must be significantly faster than those used in industrial applications as these controllers need to follow the patient’s breathing pattern. Technologically advanced devices in medical and healthcare industries are extending the life expectancy of people. Thus, the requirement of mobile medical system solutions during emergencies, transport, and disaster scenarios are likely to provide huge opportunities to mass flow controller manufacturers.

Brooks Instrument (US), Bronkhorst High-Tech BV (Netherlands), Burkert Fluid Control Systems (Germany), MKS Instrument (US), Sierra Instruments (US), Horiba (Japan), Sensirion (Switzerland), Teledyne Hastings Instruments (US), Parker Hannifin (US) are a few major players in mass flow controller market.

The international mass flow controller market is foreseen to witness the lead expected to be secured by Europe on the back of tight government regulations associated with environmental conditions. Different types of mass flow controller are engaged for air pollution analyzer calibrators, which could gain a swelling importance owing to significant policies penned down to reduce the pollution. The application of mass flow controller and sensor in the lucrative automotive industry for curbing energy consumption of vehicles by close to a 3.0% could support market growth in Europe.

The adoption of mass flow controller in North America is predicted to attain a substantial increase because of aggressive technological development and growing applications in the healthcare and medical industries. Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) could be a faster-growing region during the forecast period. The major presence of oil and gas industries in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is forecast to help the region to showcase a stable growth. The intensifying demand in the petroleum refining and chemical industries could aid South America to attract growth with the initiation of product improvements and the development of new products.