What is the Industrial Automation Market?
Industrial automation (sometimes referred to as Industrial Controls and Factory Automation) encompasses a wide range of computer-based system and programmable controller technologies that are used in the manufacturing of products. Manufacturing assembly lines as well as stand-alone machine tools (CNC machines), thermal systems (e.g. ovens of all kinds) and robotic devices fall into this category.
The automation in the production activities offers advantages in terms of cost-efficiency, waste reduction, speed of production, ease in production monitoring and management, reduced feedback and action times, over the traditional manual processes. The various mechanical instruments and devices are coupled with the computing systems to provide the “intelligence”. The industrial controls and factory automation technology is frequently integrated with to the overall business software systems like Enterprise Resource planning (ERP) to make production process even more effective.
How Big is the Industrial Automation Market?
According to Markets and Markets, the Industrial Controls and Factory Automation market is projected to reach $301.9 Billion by 2020, from $171.2 Billion in 2013, with a CAGR of 8.53%. The main drivers for the market include increasing focus on energy saving, efficiency improvement, connection of the “internet of things” and services to aid in the integration of manufacturing and engineering.
How is the Industrial Automation Market Segmented?
The industrial automation market is typically broken down by product and by industry served.
- Industrial Control Systems
- Field Devices
- Machine Vision
- Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
- Motion & Drives
- Relays & Switches
While almost every discrete and process manufacturing industry uses automation tools, the largest users include: Textile, Automotive, Chemical, Printing And Packaging, Plastics, Oil And Gas, Food Processing, Pharmaceutical, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).