Distributed Control Systems

The Distributed Control Systems Market Research Study delivers current market analysis plus a five year market and technology forecast. The study is available in multiple editions including worldwide, all regions, and most major countries.

Focus on Modular Plant Production Transforms Distributed Control Systems Marketplace

According to ARC Advisory Group’s new report on the market for Distributed Control Systems (DCS), the push to create COVID-19 vaccines has significantly spurred the adoption of modular automation systems not only in the life sciences industry, but also in many of the other major process industries. Although many manufacturing companies were already looking into adopting modular production as part of their overall IIoT initiatives, the global race to produce COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible increased the focus on this trend during 2020. To meet this need, suppliers have introduced a new generation of “single point” I/O that can be either individually characterized with specific plug-in modules or software-configurable single-point I/O. These new forms of I/O also make standard, modular cabinets and field enclosures more feasible, as well as remote instrument enclosures. New approaches to automation system design that incorporate late binding techniques, engineering in the cloud, and virtualization concepts also support modularization.

Distributed Control Systems Strategic Issues

Distributed Control Systems Market Data Workbook

In addition to providing a five-year market forecast, the Distributed Control Systems Market Research provides detailed quantitative current market data and addresses key strategic issues as follows.

Become Involved in the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF)

Following the success of the OPAF proof-of-concept project, ARC encourages end user organizations across the process industries to learn more about the initiative and – if deemed appropriate for their applications – join the OPAF as a member and, if possible, participate in the upcoming testbed research and on-process field trials.  This would provide both an opportunity to get a head start toward achieving a long-term resolution to the chronic automation system obsolescence and interoperability issues faced by many process manufacturers and influence the direction of this technology as it develops. OPAF is a forum of The Open Group.

Take Advantage of the Benefits Offered through Virtualization

Industrial control system (ICS) virtualization offers clear benefits for end users.  These include lower TCO, longer ICS life, fewer disruptive changes, and improved ability to manage change and implement continuous improvement.  The largest payoff comes from improved operations.  End user organizations should study the virtualization strategies of their potential future ICS suppliers, paying special attention to supplier plans for migrating existing installations to a future virtualized environment.

Consider Characterizable or Configurable I/O

End users should consider adopting the new breed of I/O.  Leading automation suppliers have developed new I/O that is either characterizable, configurable, or a combination of the two.  Characterizable I/O includes hardware modules that plug into a rack and can represent analog input, analog output, digital input, digital output, etc. The type of module plugged into the rack determines the type of signal.  Modules can be plugged anywhere in the rack and are location independent.  Configurable I/O solutions take a similar approach in terms of point independence and flexibility, but the I/O points are configured through software rather than hardware modules.  Some vendor solutions offer a combination of characterizable and configurable I/O.

The benefits of characterizable and configurable I/O go beyond simply reduced hardware, footprint, and wiring.  They allow end users to separate the hardware-related and software-related aspects of the system.  With fully adaptable and standard I/O and control hardware, end users can theoretically design and test all the software aspects of the system before it is deployed to the target system hardware.  This allows the software to be deployed into the hardware infrastructure at the very late stages of the project.  Often referred to as “late binding,” this can compress capital project schedules, reduce risks, and shorten the time to production.

DCS Study Formats and Editions Available

This market study may be purchased as an Excel Workbook and/or as a PDF File.  The Workbook has some unique features such as the ability to view data in local currency.  Regional studies include country and industry market data.  Country studies include market trends and industry data.  Studies and formats available are listed below:  

MIRA Workbook PDF File
Worldwide (includes regional data) Yes Yes
North America (includes country data) Yes No
Latin America (includes country data) Yes No
Europe, Middle East, Africa (includes country data) Yes No
Asia (includes country data) Yes No
Annual Subscription Yes Yes

Countries included in each region.

Table of contents for these studies is shown in the following paragraphs.

Worldwide Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

  • Executive Summary
  • Market Trends
  • Buyer Strategies
  • Supplier Strategies
  • Growth Contributors
  • Growth Inhibitors

Competitive Analysis

  • Market Shares of the Leading Suppliers
  • Market Shares by Region
    • North America
    • Europe, Middle East, and Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America
  • Market Shares by Revenue Category
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Services
  • Market Shares by Hardware Type
    • Controllers
    • I/O
    • Workstations
    • Networking Hardware
  • Market Shares by System Size
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • Market Shares by Service Type
    • Operations
    • Project Management
  • Market Shares by Application
    • Batch
    • Continuous Process
    • Quality
    • Supervisory Control
  • Market Shares by Project Type
    • New Construction
    • Replacement
    • Upgrade/Expansion
  • Market Shares by Industry
    • Cement & Glass
    • Chemical
    • Electric Power Generation
    • Food & Beverage
    • Metals
    • Mining
    • Oil & Gas
    • Pharmaceutical & Biotech
    • Pulp & Paper
    • Refining
    • Water & Wastewater
  • Market Shares by Sales Channel
  • Market Shares by Customer Type

Market Forecasts and Histories

  • Total DCS Business
  • Shipments by Region
    • North America
    • Europe, Middle East, and Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America
  • Shipments by Revenue Category
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Services
  • Shipments by System Size
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • Shipments by Hardware Type
    • Controllers
    • I/O
    • Workstations
    • Networking Hardware
  • Shipments by Service Type
    • Operations
    • Project Management
  • Shipments by Industry
    • Cement & Glass
    • Chemical
    • Electric Power Generation
    • Food & Beverage
    • Metals
    • Mining
    • Oil & Gas
    • Pharmaceutical & Biotech
    • Pulp & Paper
    • Refining
    • Water & Wastewater
  • Shipments by Application Type
    • Batch
    • Continuous Process
    • Quality
    • Supervisory Control
  • Shipments by Project Type
    • New Construction
    • Replacement
    • Upgrade/Expansion
  • Shipments by Sales Channel
  • Shipments by Customer Type

Industry Participants

Profiles of the major suppliers servicing this market are included.

Regional Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

Competitive Analysis

  • Leading Suppliers in Region
  • Industry Shares in Region
  • Country Shares in Region
  • Leading Suppliers by Industry

Market History & Forecast Analysis 

  • Market History & Forecast by Country
  • Market History & Forecast by Industry

Industry Participants

List of countries & currencies included in each region: MIRA-Country

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