Very Uneven DCS Market Still Grows Modestly in 2012
The DCS market grew modestly in 2012, representing about 3 percent market growth worldwide. However the regional picture was not uniform at all. North America and Latin America grew well, while the growth rate slowed in the Asia region. The business contracted slightly in the EMEA region, despite strong business levels in the Middle East.
Disappointing regions in 2012 include Western Europe, which still struggles with recession and high unemployment in many countries. Recessions and uncertainty restricted the market there. A second macroeconomic factor is the slower economic growth in China and India.
An aging installed base represents a major challenge facing suppliers in the DCS market. While they have certainly stepped up their offerings in terms of both product and support services, the system upgrade path is still seen as difficult and disruptive by many end users. The key to unlocking this potential market is to design upgrade processes with the same and perhaps even greater care than is spent on new products. The challenge is providing smooth paths to upgrade old products and systems that were not designed with smooth or on-line upgrades in mind.
Both automation suppliers and end users strive to get more value out of their automation systems. Some key strategies for success in this study include:
- Technology and business trends for DCS
- Intelligent I/O modules and cabinets
- COTS networks
- Cyber security issues
- Impact of cloud computing
- Remote operations management
- Skid-mounted DCS for modular plants
- Integrated process and electrical automation
- DCS migration considerations