The food processing industry is increasing its use of sensors as it expands its adoption of automated processes.

The market analysis found that the sensor market pulled in approximately $2.9 billion USD in 2012…Sensors researched include flow, level, pressure, temperature, photoelectric, inductive, capacitive, ultrasonic sensors and biosensors.

This increase can be attributed to several areas, including the increased use of automation in food processing factories, the push toward more consistent and higher quality food products, and the regulations for mitigating food contamination risk. The increase in the sensor market is expected to reach $4.2 billion by 2018, pointing to a further increase in food processing automation.

Read more about sensor use in food processing at Food Production Daily.