Distributed Control Systems

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The Distributed Control Systems (DCS) 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 a select group of countries.

Impact of New DCS Technologies Is Accelerating

Over the past several years the Distributed Control Systems (DCS) market has undergone changes that signal the end of the largely proprietary, monolithic DCS as it has traditionally been known.  The proliferation of digital networks at the field level is changing the role and the demand for I/O in the control system.  While the nature of the physical I/O, control networks, and field networks is changing, other technologies like the Internet of Things are pushing change even faster.  IIoT consists of sensors and edge devices, internet technology, the Cloud, and analytics capabilities.  These aspects of IIoT are already having a huge impact on both asset management and operations management applications.  Recent open systems initiatives spearheaded by major DCS end user companies such as ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco, will also have a tremendous impact moving forward.

Edge devices, such as gateways, are assuming more IT-associated functionality due to the need to filter and massage data to prevent overloading of low-capacity remote networks and prevent higher-level platforms from being flooded by the tidal wave of data generated by industrial devices and smart sensors.  Edge computing, fog computing, and similar strategies will be needed to both prevent this data deluge and deliver feedback locally as close to real time as possible for low-latency applications.  Increasingly, this will require the ability to execute applications on edge devices.  Edge analytics applications that serve the business objectives to reduce asset downtime and maximize asset performance are emerging as the “killer apps” in this area.

Distributed Control Systems Strategic Issues

Distributed Control Systems Both automation suppliers and end users strive to get more value from their automation systems.  Some key strategic issues covered in the study include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • DCS and virtualization
  • Remote operations management
  • Modularization of process plants and systems
  • Integrated process and electrical automation
  • China returning to growth
  • Challenging times for DCS in power generation

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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
China No Yes
India No Yes

Countries included in each region.

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

Worldwide Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

  • Major Trends
  • Industry Trends
  • Regional Trends
  • Strategies for Success

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 Customer Type
  • Market Shares by Sales Channel

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
    • Replacment
    • 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

DCS for Southeast Asia Brochure

Country Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

Competitive Analysis

  • Leading Suppliers in Country
  • Leading Suppliers by Industry

Market Forecast Analysis 

  • Total Market Forecast
  • Market Forecast by Industry

Industry Participants

DCS for China Brochure

DCS for India Brochure