Profilometer is a device or instrument that is used for measuring the surface profile being used for quantifying the roughness of the surface. Vertical resolution of the surface that is the resolution between the high pint and low point is usually measured at the nanometer level by providing lateral resolutions through profilometers. It consists of two main parts namely detector and sample stage. The detector helps in determination of points present on the sample whereas the stage is used for allowing movement at the time of measurement. Nowadays it is being used for both static as well as dynamic topography. The global market for profilometer has been segmented on the basis of type, application and geography. Contact and non-contact are two main types based on which the global market for profilometer has been segmented. Building materials, metals, consumer goods, oil & mines, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and biotechnology among others form the various application areas based on which the global market for profilometer has been segmented. Global profilometer market based on geography has been segmented into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.
High lateral resolution by the usage of profilometer has formed a major factor that has driven the market for profilometer globally. It also does not require any modelling and can be used directly that further increases its global usage. Moreover, a better resolution along with high speed and reliability has also acted as some other drivers to boost the demand for this market. Surface resolution topography and accuracy is expected to be some other deriving factors for profilometer market. In addition to this, vertical measurement also does not require a scanning mechanism along with vertical calibration that is based on the laser source wavelength that has also positively impacted the market for profilometers. Both MEMS vibrations and on-flight measurement problems are solved with the help of profilometers further contributing to the demand of this market. It is also the flexibility and ruggedness of certain profilometers that has led to its incorporation in industrial processes as well. With all these factors there are also certain restraints that affects the overall demand. One such factor being the inaccuracy in resolutions when the surface features are same as size of the stylus. Another factor being the difficulties related to finding flaws that are of the same size as the roughness of the surface. Laser profilometers are expected to provide growth opportunities for this market where the surface can be measured without the need to physically touch the surface profile.
Geographically, it is North America that forms a major region contributing to the overall growth of this market followed by Europe. Demand for technological advancement in the surface analysis to be used across different verticals has been a driving factor for this market in these regions. Asia Pacific contributes to being another major region that has accelerated the demand for profilometers further forming one of the fastest growing region globally. China, Japan and Korea among others are expected to be some of the major regions contributing to the growth in Asia Pacific. It is also the growing demand for reliable and accurate data that has pushed the demand for this market in Asia Pacific region. Moreover, the need for lateral resolution that does not make changes on the surface has also acted as another major driver for this region.
Some of the major players operating in the Profilometer market include KLA-Tencor Corporation (The U.S.), Bruker Nano Surfaces (The U.S.), Mahr (Germany), Jenoptik (Germany), Alicona (Europe), Cyber Technologies (Germany), Nanovea (The U.S.), Taylor Hobson Ltd. (U.K.), Zygo Corporation (The U.S.),Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd. (Japan), Mitutoyo Corporation (Japan) and 4D Technology Corporation (The U.S.) among others.
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