Industrial Automation and Wireless IoT is the fourth strategyreport from Berg Insight analysing the latest developments onthe market for wireless IoT applications in industrial automationworldwide.
This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides youwith 180 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-yearindustry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base yourbusiness decisions.
Highlights from this report:
Insights from 30 executive interviews with market leadingcompanies.
360-degree overview of the IoT ecosystem in the industrialautomation industry.
Comprehensive overview of key applications for wireless IoTsolutions in industrial automation.
In-depth analysis of market trends and key developments.
Detailed profiles of over 69 key players in this market.
Updated forecasts by wireless technology, region, market verticaland device segment lasting until 2023.
Wireless technologies are integrated into a wide range of devices that can be usedthroughout an automation system, from the supervisor level all the way to the control andfield levels. The devices can be broadly divided into two segments: automation equipmentand network equipment. In the automation equipment segment, high-volume productcategories featuring wireless communications capability include instrumentation such asindustrial sensors, as well as wireless I/O and field devices that connect to sensors, actuatorsand machines. Important product categories within the network equipment segment arewireless access points, gateways, routers and switches.
The adoption of wireless solutions in industrial environments is often a gradual process andan initial deployment typically comprises clusters of wireless devices connected to an existingwired network. Although wired networking solutions are still predominantly used for industrialcommunications between sensors, controllers and systems, wireless solutions are widelyused as wire replacement in hard to reach or hazardous areas, on moving machine parts andon portable equipment. Proprietary radio solutions have traditionally been used to supportthese use cases and is still used in many applications today. Standardised wirelesstechnologies such as Wi-Fi, 802.15.4 and Bluetooth have advanced to become the leadingwireless technologies for industrial applications. Cellular technologies based on 5G couldexpand the addressable market for wireless communications as it allows for deploymentswhere requirements related to bandwidth, latency or capacity cannot be fulfilled today.Berg Insight estimates that annual shipments of wireless devices for industrial automationapplications including both network and automation equipment reached 4.6 million unitsworldwide in 2018, accounting for approximately 6 percent of all new connected nodes.
Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.3 percent, annual shipments areexpected to reach 9.9 million in 2023. The installed base of wireless devices in industrialautomation applications is forecasted to grow from an estimated 21.3 million connections atthe end of 2018 to 50.3 million connected devices by 2023.
Automation equipment such as wireless instrumentation is offered by many large automationvendors as part of complete systems for automation of industrial processes, but also byspecialised providers. Emerson became the first company to market WirelessHART productsin 2008 and is today the largest provider of wireless instrumentation devices. The companyhas an installed base of more than 42,000 wireless networks worldwide and serves manyleading players across various process industries. Major wireless instrumentation vendorsfurther include Yokogawa and Honeywell, which both provide field devices based on thewireless technology ISA100.11a. Pepperl+Fuchs significantly strengthened its position in thewireless field device market through the acquisition of MACTek in 2015, a provider of HARTprotocol devices. Other major industrial automation vendors that provide wireless fielddevices include ABB, Endress+Hauser, Schneider Electric and Siemens. Wireless I/O andfield devices are also offered by a diverse range of players that are primarily active in theindustrial communications and control markets.
Major providers of wired industrial network equipment also offer wireless solutions to enablecustomers to monitor and control devices wirelessly in parts of the plant that are normally notconnected to the control room due to accessibility or wiring costs. These include Siemens,Cisco, Belden, Moxa and Phoenix Contact, which all offer comprehensive portfolios ofindustrial wireless devices such as routers, gateways and wireless access points. Thesecompanies typically partner with large automation vendors as a go-to-market strategy. Ciscohas for example developed the Ethernet and IP-networking based architecture for industrialEthernet applications – Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) – together with RockwellAutomation. Additional providers of industrial Wi-Fi devices are Acksys, Advantech, AntairaTechnologies, Beijer Electronics Group, Data-Linc, Hilscher, HMS Networks, INSYSMicroelectronics, MB Connect Line, MC Technologies, NetModule and Red Lion Controls.
Cellular and unlicensed ISM radio solutions are typically used for data acquisition andbackhaul communications in distributed automation applications. The largest provider ofcellular IoT gateways and routers in the industrial space include Sierra Wireless, followed byCradlepoint, Cisco, Digi International, InHand Networks, HMS Networks, Maestro Wireless,GE’s industrial communications group GE MDS, Robustel Technologies, Advantech,MultiTech Systems, NetModule and Eurotech. Major vendors of proprietary radio solutionsare GE MDS, FreeWave Technologies and Banner Engineering.
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