Wood moisture meters are used to detect moisture content in wood. Wood with high moisture content is considered to be low quality and lacks durability, while wood with low moisture content is likely to expand and lose shape. Wood moisture meters are hence crucial to prevent cracking, warping and shrinking of wooden products like furniture and flooring.
Wood moisture meters find application mainly during the construction stage when the wood is still in its raw form. However, they can be used on finished products as well to monitor changes in a wood product’s moisture content, which enables users to take steps to enhance the products longevity. Wood moisture metes can also be used to detect the moisture content in logs intended for combustion, since high moisture content in such logs leads to excess smoke formation.
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The wood moisture meter market is fragmented as several players from the larger electronics market participate in the market and with the aim to capitalise on the market’s growth. Mergers and acquisitions are a key expansion strategy adopted by key players, especially when they attempt to enter local markets in distant regions.
Some key players in the wood moisture market include Wagner Meters, FLIR Systems, Mettler Toledo, General Tools & Instruments, Scanntronik Mugrauer, PCE Deutschland, Delmhorst Instrument, Calculated Industries, National Controls, Kett, Amphenol Advanced Sensors, STIHL Group, Lignomat, Proceq Group, Schaller, Ryobi Limited, ShenZhen BudgetGadgets Import & Export, Tacklife Tools, Spectrum Technologies and Acmas Technologies.
Product development in recent years have steadily moved from pin-type to pinless wood moisture meters. Pin-type meters consist of pointed metal nodes that are inserted in wood and measure moisture content by registering the resistance when electricity is passed through the nodes. Meanwhile, pinless wood moisture meters use high-frequency radio waves that scan large areas of the wood to detect moisture.
Pinless wood moisture meters are hence regarded as non-destructive and have been growing in popularity. They also offer the advantage of covering a larger surface area, thereby accounting for variance in moisture content. Increasing accuracy and reliability of pinless meters is a key focus area for manufacturers, besides also incorporating advanced sensory systems.
FLIR Systems’ MO55W is a recently unveiled moisture meter that incorporates both pin and pinless technology with wireless data streaming. Meanwhile, Mettler Toledo unveiled the MethodWizard software. Incorporation of newer technologies in pinless moisture meters also means that these meters can be used to detect moisture in other products like food grains and seeds as well, thus rendering the moisture meters with multi-purpose capabilities.
Some of the popular product lines available in the market include Wagner Meters’ Orion series, Calculated Industries’ AccuMASTER XT, Amphenol Advanced Sensors’ Protimeter Surveymaster, General Tools’ Woodworking, ShenZhen BudgetGadgets Import & Export’s AIRSSON and Lingomat’s Mini-lingo.
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Drivers of the Wood Moisture Meter Market
Increasing construction activity as a result of the real estate boom, coupled with a tendency for frequent home renovations, has been a leading driver of the wood moisture meter market. Wood furniture has also made a strong comeback in recent years owing to its aesthetic value, which is further driving the market.
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Impact of Covid-19
The economic crisis being currently caused due to the rampant Covid-19 pandemic is likely to adversely affect the real estate sector due to reduced disposable incomes. It may also affect people’s decision to renovate and purchase high-quality wooden furniture. These factors will pose a challenge to the wood moisture market and the market will hope for a quick recuperation of the global economy.
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North America has been the largest regional segment for the wood moisturizer meter market due to high use of wood in construction activities. Europe has been the other large market segment. The East Asian regional segment has seen the fastest growth in recent years, followed by the South Asian market. Latin America, Oceania and Middle East and Africa are the other significant market segments.
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