The global market of climatic test chambers, also known as environmental test chambers and climate chambers, is set to grow enormously in the next few years. It is one of the fastest growing markets and is expected to reach $1360 million by 2021.
In general, the market is seeing great development, as environmental simulation is required for a number of purposes today. By artificially replicating the conditions that machinery, biological items, materials and components will be exposed to, with a climatic chamber: environmental tolls can be exposed, stress testing and failure analysis can be performed, reliability can be measured, and a proper evaluation can be completed. There is more demand for this environmental simulation today, as well as proper temperature control. The regions identified in the market include: North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, The Middle East and Africa. Business leaders amongst the space and the market’s segment includes: ESPEC, Weiss Technik, Thermotron, CSZ, Angelantoni, Binder, Climats, Hitachi, Scientific Climate Systems, Fentron Klimasimulation, Caron, Hastest Solutios, Komeg, EQUILAM, Guangzhou Minghseng, Russells Technical Products, and others. There is a number of smaller but more specialized companies that also make a great impact, including Della Marca, a climatic chamber manufacturer dedicated to simulation chamber and temperature control. The market considers a segment by market type research, including: dynamic climate chamber, constant climate chamber, small bench-top chambers, and walk-in chambers. Market application research includes the following segments: automotive, industry, electronic, biological, and pharmaceuticals sectors.
Climatic chambers are not always thought of to be associated with automotive industry. However, climatic chambers are playing a huge role in helping the auto industry combat climate change. This will continue to be a major use of this equipment in the future. Ford Motor Inc., for example, has dedicated a significant amount of resources in order to build a new complex for aerodynamic testing in Allen Park. A climatic chamber is a part of the facility that gets temperatures down to -40 degrees and up to 140 degrees. The performance of vehicles will be tested on a different level and failure rates will be identified sooner on with the use of climatic chambers, as they can test variables such as: extreme heat, rain, humidity, dust, pressure, solar radiation, wind and cold weather, all which have an impact on automobiles. For example, high temperature can cause aging and extreme cold can cause a vehicle to not start and cause structural stress. Prajwal Crasta, CEO of CM Envirosystems shared with Autocar Professional, “Our environmental test chambers help OEMs and component-makers assess performance and identify failure rates. Regarding the automotive industry, he shared, “The diesel/petrol car industry is slowly moving towards eco-friendly battery/electric-powered cars. As a result, our customers have huge requirements for battery and related items, which has created huge demand for test chambers.” According to Dr. Jacob Crasta, Founder Chairman at CME Group, the automotive segments for 60-70 percent of the global environmental simulation technology market size.
Addressing environment-related impacts has become a more common practice in today’s world. As climate and environmental factors continue to be considered, a climatic chamber will continue to be invaluable as part of many processes.