Automotive Pressure Sensor Manufacturers

Automotive Pressure Sensor Manufacturers

Consumer demand for smart technology and safer cars are the main forces behind the need for pressure sensors in the automotive industry. On a macro level, as the world population increases, the need for vehicles and pressure sensing technology behind them will continue to increase. The automotive and OEM parts manufacturing sectors are two of the biggest markets in the pressure sensor industry. 

The demand for pressure sensors in the automotive industry is divided into those for passenger vehicles and those for commercial vehicles. Although there is a global demand, the need is concentrated in industrialized nations. The market is highly segmented by geographic region, type of sensor technology, and pressure sensor application. Global leaders in the automotive and OEM industry include Continental AG, DENSO Corp., Delphi Technologies, and Honeywell International Inc. Other major pressure sensor manufacturers include NXP Semiconductors NV, Sensata Technologies Inc., and TE Connectivity Ltd. 

Pressure sensors in the automotive industry must be able to function in harsh environments. Sensors can experience temperatures from -40°C to up to 150°C for those mounted on the engine. They must be able to withstand extreme vibration and exposure to fuels, brake fluids, and saltwater spray from roads. In many cases, they have replaced many of the activities of the driver, such as monitoring air pressure and fluid pressures. They are also behind the technology that makes the airbags inflate.

The importance of pressure sensors in the safety features of modern vehicles means that they must be reliable 100% of the time. The life of a pressure sensor is expected to be approximately 10-15 years or 100,000 to 150,000 miles of use. However, some cars can now be expected to last up to 250,000 miles. Companies that manufacture sensors for this industry must often maintain certification under IATF 16949, ISO 21750:2006, ISO 1550-2:2012, ISO 26262 and others. Pressure sensors in the automotive industry must also meet the requirements of ISO 1142-4 for resistance to electrical interference. 

Many of the products must also meet NSF International requirements, ASTM standards, and NHTSA requirements for vehicle safety devices. Pressure sensors in the automotive industry must meet stringent requirements and pass testing methods for many different agencies because of the critical roles that they play in modern automobiles. Manufacturing processes and tolerances are some of the tightest in the pressure sensor industry. 

The technology used in automotive pressure sensors must be able to measure gauge, absolute, differential, and vacuum pressures. Often barometric pressure sensors are included for comparison to the pressure in the system being measured. Silicon MEMS pressure sensors are a common type of device found. Currently, capacitive and piezoresistive sensors are mainly used in the industry. 

MEMS sensors are found in standard equipment like the cylinders, crankcase, and air filters. They are also found in advanced systems such as electronic stability control, air suspension, and in start/stop systems. It is expected that in the future resonant and surface acoustic wave (SAW) will play an increasing role in the industry. 

Pressure sensors for the automotive industry continue to improve to meet the demands of the industry for longevity and precision. They are found in many systems of the vehicle, including the engine, exhaust, fuel delivery, braking systems, tires, and air conditioning. They perform functions, such as to monitor oil pressure, exhaust pressure, engine combustion pressure, fuel injection pressure, hydraulic brake pressure, tire pressure, and air conditioning pressure. The engine alone has between 12-30 sensors to monitor the engine alone. The average vehicle has over 50 sensors throughout the various systems, and this number is only expected to increase in the future.

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Metallux SA

Metallux SA, a part of ELTEK group, is one of the rapidly growing companies in the world of cost-efficient pressure sensors and high-quality electronic circuit designing. Since 1955, Metallux has been serving its clients with the best pressure sensors and hybrid circuit solutions for a wide variety of applications including automobile, medical, industrial, military, water management, HVAC, and instrumentation.
Metallux has its production facility residing in Switzerland which includes BTU ovens, laser trimming unit, clean rooms, SMD line and climatic chambers, to support accurate sensor calibration and allow our engineers to design pressure sensors (flush membrane, monolithic, amplified, MEMS, ceramic) with a range starting from 0.5 bar up to 1000 bar, and hybrid circuits (thick-film, SMT, chip-on-board, chip-on-flex, combined technologies) for our valuable clients.

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Merit Sensor Systems, Inc.

Merit Sensor Systems designs, fabricates, assembles and packages reliable, cost-effective pressure sensing MEMS elements and piezoresistive pressure sensor solutions for automotive, medical, industrial, aviation, defense and consumer applications.

Merit Sensor offers full-service design capabilities, in-house wafer fabrication, flexible shipping, packaging and assembly, piezoresistive technology (PRT), expansive pressure ranges (0.15 psi to 15,000 psi), complete pressure measurement (absolute, gage, differential and vacuum) and unmatched operating temperature range (-40°C to 150°C) via our Sentium® process. Additionally, Merit Sensor is able to provide unparalleled flexibility to customize pressure sensing solutions to fit into our customers’ applications.

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AB Elektronik GmbH

AB Elektronik develops and maintains intelligent sensor systems that are utilized worldwide within the automotive industry. AB Elektronik products Employing energy-efficient proprietary technology, AB Elektronik is devoted to reducing emissions and developing powerful electric solutions.

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Amphenol Advanced Sensors

Amphenol Advanced Sensors capitalizes on NovaSensor’s heritage as a pioneer in micromachining process design for pressure sensing and MEMS technology for OEM customers in the medical,automotive, and industrial process industries. This expertise spans three decades and shipment of more than 500 million MEMS-based sensors. This track record, combined with a library of intellectual property, range of technology, production capability and expertise, make NovaSensor® a logical choice to help bring your microsystem design to market.

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Analog Microelectronics
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Analog Microelectronics GmbH

Based in Germany, Analog Microelectronics GmbH has been developing, producing and delivering piezoresistive pressure sensor and transmitter solutions for over 20 years.

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Ashcroft Inc.

Ashcroft is a brand that is recognized all around the globe. They make a wide range of products that include pressure gauges, pressure switches, pressure transducers, pressure transmitters, and accessories. They make pressure sensors for process manufacturing, industrial, life, food, and medical science applications.

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Dwyer Instruments, Inc.

Headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana, Dwyer is a world-class leader corporation for designing and manufacturing sensors and instrumentation. Dwyer Instruments Corporate is well-known for its reliability, preciseness and product quality. The wide range of products that this company provides includes, but is not limited to, gages, monitors, manometers, data loggers, controllers, switches and transmitters. Dwyer also offers its customers accessories in order to monitor, measure and control pressure, flow, duct and more.

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ESI Technology Ltd

ESI is a UK-based pressure sensor manufacturer that has the experience and technology to deliver products that are accurate and have high reliability. They have been in business since 1984 and have grown steadily since that time. Their pressure sensors and pressure transmitters use silicon-on-sapphire sensing technology for outstanding quality and performance.

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Flusso LTD Pressure Sensors
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Flusso Ltd

Flusso’s flow sensing platform has been developed as a complete digital flow sensing solution. Flow sensing requires specialist engineering expertise and knowhow as there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

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Fujikura Ltd.

Fujikura is a global company committed to providing the best solutions for medical, industrial, consumer, and automotive applications. Offering a broad range of semiconductor pressure sensors, Fukijura provides tech that improves users’ quality of life.

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Futek Pressure Sensors
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FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc.

FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology is a US-based manufacturer of pressure sensors and pressure transducers for today’s latest tech innovation. They specialize in custom products for projects that include Mars exploration, deep-sea exploration, and a range of other specialty projects. Their staff is more than capable of helping you with your design project. The staff has speakers of 13 different languages in the office and completes approximately 2,000 custom designs per year.

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GP:50 NY LTD

Offering nearly 25 years of expertise, GP:50 is an ISO9001 certified designer and manufacture of pressure sensors in Grand Island, New York. Providing reliable, precise, and accurate pressure sensing for the aerospace, automotive, industrial automation, oil & gas, testing, and water treatment industries, GP:50 is a leader in the manufacturer and design of pressure transducers. GP:50 offers pressure sensor accessories, pressure transducers, and pressure transmitters.