Efficient and effective temperature sensing technology can be beneficial in many industrial sectors, where temperature information is essential in the design and maintenance of components as well as monitoring the performances. For example, in the aerospace and automotive industry, temperature knowledge is crucial in the development of turbines and engines. Temperature sensors are required to calculate the thermal stress experienced by components thus enabling designers to development more efficient and durable engines. Acquiring temperature profiles of these components embedded deep within turbines and engines are particularly a challenge, components are inaccessible and often in motion during operation.
Similarly, acquiring temperature knowledge of critical components of machines/devices during operations can help to ensure operation of the machine/device are within acceptable temperatures, operating conditions, and scheduling preventive maintenance on a timely manner. Effective use of temperature knowledge would thereby reduce down time and related costs, especially for systems that operates at high temperature or subjected to thermal cycling.
The thermal paint/coating offered is a non-destructive and non-intrusive method to record the temperature profile of components. It can be easily applied onto a component, and the recorded maximum temperature can be easily extracted using a dedicated automated instrument.. Thermal paint/coating covers wide temperature range 100 - 1400◦C with a high degree of precision ± 10◦C.
The market size of temperature sensors in 2014 for Asia-Pacific was $1.175B and is projected to grow to $1.795b in 2019. Temperature is a widely monitored parameter used by most industries for performance and process optimisation, especially for monitoring critical and hazardous ones. Major industries such as aerospace, automotive, power generation, oil & gas and petrochemical require a variety of temperature sensors for high temperature applications. Preventive maintenance for aircraft engines is one such area of application, requiring high temperature sensors. In 2012, aircraft engine overhaul activities within Asia-Pacific region represented $6.5B.