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.

"A rapid infusion of government and private funds to develop effective vaccines and therapeutic medicines to combat COVID-19 bolstered DCS investments from pharmaceutical companies during 2020. Many of these efforts to increase production as quickly as possible focused on modular plant designs. Modular pharmaceutical cleanroom production facilities are complete turnkey units designed, engineered, and manufactured off-site. Upon completion, these modules are factory acceptance tested prior to being shipped for final installation. This approach assures all critical systems are precisely configured, compliant, and fully operational upon delivery. Utilizing a modular plant production approach helps pharmaceutical companies shorten times-to-market while assuring adherence to all design specifications and regulations," according to Harry Forbes Senior Analyst and key author of ARC's Distributed Control Systems Market Research Report.

Distributed Control Systems Market Trends

In addition to providing detailed competitive market share data, the report also addresses key market trends as follows:

  • Virtualization Software Convergence
  • Operations Management 
  • Open Process Automation 
  • Moving to the Edge
  • Industry 4.0 and NAMUR Open Architecture 
  • Fieldbus Technology and Wireless I/O 
  • Configurable/Characterizable I/O
  • Cloud Computing

Leading Suppliers to the Distributed Control Systems Market Identified

In addition to providing specific market data and industry trends, this ARC market research also identifies and positions the leading suppliers to this market and provides and summarizes their relevant offerings. An alphabetical list of key suppliers covered in this analysis includes: ABB, Emerson Automation Solutions, Honeywell, Siemens.

About the Distributed Control Systems Research 

Distributed Control Systems Market TrendsThe Distributed Control Systems report explores the current and future market performance and related technology and business trends and identifies leading technology suppliers. This new research is based on ARC’s industry-leading market research database, extensive primary and secondary research, and proprietary economic modelling techniques. The research includes competitive analysis, plus five-year market forecasts and up to 1 years of historical analysis segmented by Application Type, Customer Type, Hardware by Type, Hardware Revenues by System Size, Industry, Project Type, Revenue Category, Sales Channel, Service Revenues by Type, System Size, Unit Type Total, World Region, World Region Total.

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