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Selection of mercury-free clinical thermometers continues to expand

New IR models are fitted with more efficient sensors. The latest liquid-in-glass variants employ gallium-indium-tin alloys.




  • Enhanced accuracy of IR models: Many manufacturers of IR thermometers in China are adopting more efficient sensors to eliminate the waveguides in their designs and make these more accurate. Using components from Taiwan, resultant products are designed mostly for ear and forehead application.
  • Mercury-free glass types: Responding to market concerns about mercury, makers or liquid-in-glass thermometers are releasing more models that use gallium-indium-tin alloys. Such designs are considered safer and more environment-friendly than those employing mercury because the measuring substance is nontoxic. Models go for more than $1 each.
  • Sales outlook: Exports in the next six to 12 months are expected to remain relatively flat because of the US’ slow economic recovery and the financial crisis in the EU.
  • Price forecasts: Quotes for digital units are expected to stay at current levels or go down slightly in the months ahead due to increased competition. Higher raw material costs, on the other hand, will push prices of glass designs with a gallium-indium-tin alloy upward.
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