Distributed Control System Market Size, By Voltage (Medium, High), End-User (Utility, Non-Utility), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trends, Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027
Report ID: GMI1475
Distributed Control System Market size is set to register a lucrative CAGR between 2021 and 2027, driven by rapid technological advancement and the burgeoning shift towards automation across the industrial spectrum.
A distributed control system or DCS refers to an automated control system that is specially designed for plants for processes with multiple control loops. It comprises several control elements distributed geographically over a control or plant area. Unlike centralized control systems, where functions are handled by a single centrally located controller, in a DCS there is a dedicated controller for each machine, group of machines or process element.
With respect to component, the distributed control system market share from the service segment is poised to witness significant growth, given the rising focus on maintenance and upgradation of facilities across the industrial landscape. DCS services include installation, alarm management, plant asset management, maintenance, technical assistance, consulting services, upgradation services, simulation & training services, and lifecycle services.
In November 2020, Rockwell Automation introduced a new version of the distributed control system (DCS), dubbed PlantPAx 5.0. This updated version is designed to help industrial producers enhance their plant operations lifecycle with the help of scalable, plant-wide systems to boost operational excellence and digital transformation. Thus, proliferating focus by many industrial manufacturers on plant optimization and digitization is emerging as a key trend propelling distributed control system market expansion.
The ability of distributed control systems to automate and streamline myriad processes including turbine valves, boiler coal firing, fans and boiler side valves has considerably boosted product adoption in power generation applications. Modern DCS give plant operators the ability to regulate power generation activities and create a strong foundation for effective control and automation systems, which is likely to further stimulate industry dynamics in the years ahead.
Honeywell International Inc., ABB, Emerson Electric, Invensys (Schneider Electric), Siemens AG, General Electric, Azbil Corporation (formerly Yamatake Corporation), Toshiba International, Yokogawa Electric, NovaTech Process Solutions, Omron, Schneider Electric SE, Rockwell Automation Mitsubishi, and Metso Corporation are among the key players bolstering the distributed control system market forecast.
These companies are taking various targeted efforts to boost their stronghold in the competitive DCS business landscape. Instance, Siemens announced two major developments at the Siemens Automation Summit, aimed at promoting digitalization and automation in the manufacturing ecosystem. This included the launch of a new DCS (distributed control system), called SIMATIC PCS neo, which was designed to make use of web technologies in order to provide better scalability, usability and collaborations across the globe.
Meanwhile, in April 2021, ABB was awarded an order from steel firm SSAB, for the modernization of roller table motors and drives at its Borlänge, Sweden-based hot strip mill, integrated with the existing ABB Ability System 800xA DCS. Under the terms of the contract, ABB will be tasked with improving the efficiency, stability and reliability of the system operations, with the help of a 3-phase installation & commissioning program, and maintenance shutdowns scheduled for 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Impact of COVID-19 on Distributed Control System Market Trends
While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created many roadblocks for the manufacturing sector, on account of nationwide lockdowns and mass facility closures, it has also provided a considerable boost to Industry 4.0, which could be beneficial to the distributed control system market outlook. Industry experts have opined that the drastic impact of the coronavirus on consumer behavior will contribute heavily to virtualization and automation in the upcoming years. Advancements in augmented and virtual reality as well as IoT will trigger the development of smart offices and factories, and in turn allow many intrinsically manual critical functions to be automated or monitored remotely. According to a survey conducted by IoT firm Pod Group, over 73% of business leaders out of the 500 interviewed in the UK expressed their belief that the COVID-19 pandemic would usher in a new era of automation.
This is expected to generate lucrative prospects for distributed control system (DCS) industry growth over the upcoming years, given the key role it plays in the control and management of manufacturing processes. DCS are vital to process management given their vast networking capabilities, as well as ability to automate manufacturing operations via integration of sophisticated control strategies.
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