I/O moves out, in: Local input/output connections will shift to distributed, remote, embedded

Local input/output (I/O) connections account for most interconnections with DCS, PC-based control systems, and PLC system applications. VDC Research Group expects more distributed, remote, and embedded  I/O connections.

09/30/2008


Natick, MA– While local input/output (I/O) connections account for the majority of interconnections with DCS, PC-based control systems, and PLC system applications, greater use of distributed and remote I/O connections along with direct embedding of I/O circuits in devices. These are among findings in the VDC Research Group market study Global Market Demand and User Requirements for Industrial Distributed/Remote I/O, Fifth Edition , conducted over the past spring and summer.
The VDC research details market size, segmentation, and forecasts for distributed/remote I/O products used with DCSs, PC-based control systems, and PLC systems in industrial applications. The results of extensive investigation into user needs regarding distributed/remote I/O hardware and related software products are presented and detailed profiles of major vendors are included.
Market segmentation and forecasts are provided by geographic region; by industries and applications; by types of buses/networks; by mounting configurations; and by channels of distribution. Vendor shipments of distributed/remote I/O products and market shares are provided overall, by classes of applications, and for each major geographic regions.
The report provides recommendations on how vendors (large and small) can enhance their market positions. These cover products and product features; software; industries and applications to target; geographic markets to target; channels of distribution; promotion; pricing; buyer education, and service.
Diverse information is included
I/O connects field devices to controllers and can exist either local at the controllers with hardwiring to devices, or distributed (remote) from the controller and connected to it via a bus or network. The study indicated local I/O accounts for the majority of connections for DCS, PC-based control system and PLC system applications. For all three product classes, shifts away from use of local I/O are expected, toward greater use of distributed/remote I/O and direct embedding of I/O circuits in devices. Displacement of local I/O provides growth for the distributed/remote I/O product market. However, the expanding use of devices with bus/network embedded interface circuits decreases the growth.
Worldwide 2008 shipments of distributed/remote I/O for industrial markets are estimated at $4,288.5 million and are forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% to $6,308.9 million in 2013, VDC says. The market for distributed/remote I/O for use with PC-based control systems is smaller than the market for the other product types under study, but is forecast to achieve the highest growth rate through 2013. Displacement of DCSs and PLCs in applications will be a major factor in producing this higher growth rate. Average selling prices are forecast to decline for all three product classes. However, price declines are expected to be limited due to the rising prices of raw materials such as copper, and the increasing price of fuel which is driving up the cost of operations and shipping.
The report is available for $5,950 in PDF file by e-mail from VDC Research Group .
Also read about other VDC research:

Survey Says: Users Demand Wireless Monitoring, Control Products


— Control Engineering News Desk
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free.





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.