Distributed Control System (DCS) Market Size, By Voltage (Medium, High), By End-User (Utility, Non-Utility), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

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Global Distributed Control System Market size is forecast to witness a robust growth during the forecast timeframe. Growing energy demand coupled with rapid industrialization has led to surfacing of new superior technologies which are proving to be vital in meeting the high demands efficiently. Large power plants and major industries use DCS to improve reliability of control, plant efficiency and process quality. Distributed control system market finds its application in nuclear power plants, oil & gas industries, food processing units, automobile industries and water management systems.

The rise in demand for energy-related sales and retrofits may deliver viable growth opportunities during the forecast period. Furthermore, the internet-based system provides easy integration and polishes the operational functionality through remote access. DCS has the capability of meting out significant bulk of I/O points along with having networking abilities useful in process management. The DCS subsystem, can input varied process variables and data into the system thereby providing output in the form of control signals to various valves, motors, actuators and other control essentials. Distributed control system market helps in reducing installation costs by condensing control functions near the plant and enables monitoring and managerial access of the process remotely.

To reduce the cost of I/O, suppliers works to integrate more programmability into the devices. Furthermore, owing to the high market competition, process industries observe a constant pressure to develop products with the latest technologies to have maximum functionality along with low production/operation costs. Adoption of distributed control system market thereby allows for high efficiency and reduces informational complexity coupled with low man power requirement. For instance, Experion LX developed by Honeywell is well suited for process automation requirements along with having a wide operational scale, from a single computer and controller to numerous stations and controllers.

A DCS centralizes the operations giving more simplicity and easier management through the integration of the various processes and functionalities. By allowing central control, the system greatly reduces the possibility of component failure as the system facilitates a secure, powerful architecture that also negates obsolescence by enabling system upgradation to rapidly adjust to the advancing computer technologies. Superiority over PLC and easy monitoring of the plant processes are factors driving the distributed control system market during the forecast timeframe.

A DCS network allows the different control methods including manual/auto/supervisory to be placed on specific local loops. This gives the operator to manually manipulate the final control element and can be switched to auto mode for the computer to modulate the final element through a remote controller, usually a PID. Distributed control system market facilitates the implementation of digital control algorithms which gives the platform an edge owing to the benefits of digital systems. It includes high workability allowing changing of control algorithms without rewiring the entire system, low installation costs and easy maintenance along with easier operability are few among the numerous factors regarding distributed control system market that will complement the business growth.

Distributed control system market can be segmented by application into batch-oriented and continuous process. A DCS has specific set of I/O points which are used to integrate the different processes undergoing within the plant, batch-oriented process is used when the volume of product is low or when superior quality is required, for instance in pharmaceutical companies where each step must be controlled and carefully monitored. However, recent technological advancements have paved way for continuous process to be used at a greater bandwidth serving all volume of products and is forecast to grow at the highest rate.  

Based on component, the distributed control system market can be segmented into hardware, software and service. Following the hardware component, a DCS platform consists of controllers, I/O modules, networking hardware and workstations. Increasing competition for technical superiority and bulk installations in the Greenfield projects will propel the business growth. Software and services in a DCS are broadly classified according to the end-use application and are designed with redundant engineering to remain reliable and functional at each step, even in case of system failures. Software segment will hold majority of the shares and will be the fastest growing segment in the distributed control system market owing to the many upgradations continuously added in a DCS platform.


By end-use, the distributed control system market finds its application in oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, metal and mining, power, chemical, waste and water treatment, pulp and paper, automobile industry and others. High flexibility of operations and the ability of a DCS system to operate at base level greatly complements its use among the various industries. Increasing energy demands will however witness extensive use of distributed control system market in power and O&G industries.


By region, the distributed control system market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East & Africa and Latin America. Rapid industrialization coupled with the presence of major players in the U.S. will assist the growth of distributed control system market. DCS systems are well suited for retrofitting purposes and around 5 million buildings in North America are available be retrofitted thereby further increasing the distributed control system market potential. Asia-Pacific is forecast to witness the highest growth owing to its expanding manufacturing facilities and high frequency deployment in the industrial market. Moderate growth will be experienced in Europe owing to the slump in economy while MEA and Latin America will see widespread adoption of the distributed control system market during the forecast period.

Distributed control system market is estimated to show high growth potentials owing to the increasing energy demands and numerous technological advancements. Growing investments in the industry to improve operational efficiency and process quality will further drive the distributed control system market.

Notable participants in the distributed control system market are ABB, Azbil, Honeywell, Siemens AG, Yokogawa Electric, Emerson Electric, Schneider Electric SE, General Electric, Metso Corporation, NovaTech Process Solutions, Invensys, Mitsubishi, Omron, Rockwell Automation and Toshiba International.

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Historical data coverage: 2013 to 2015; Growth Projections: 2016 to 2026.
Expert analysis: industry, governing, innovation and technological trends; factors impacting development; drawbacks, SWOT.
6-7 year performance forecasts: major segments covering applications, top products and geographies.
Competitive landscape reporting: market leaders and important players, competencies and capacities of these companies in terms of production as well as sustainability and prospects.

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