Europe Set to Embrace Integrated Automation Components - 13 July 2006
Wellingborough, UK 27th June 2006 - An upswing seems likely in the European automation market for components where the PLC function is embedded. This is a clear conclusion from a recently published report from IMS Research, a leading supplier of market studies on Industrial Automation.
Key findings from a survey of purchasers and specifiers of industrial automation components included:
• Over three quarters of respondents were aware of products being offered with embedded PLCs. Since the market for these is currently very small, this is encouraging news.
• Over two thirds of respondents either purchased some embedded PLC products today, or planned to do so within the next three years.
• Nearly all (>95%) respondents believed that embedded PLCs would cost less than separate PLC solutions; and that embedded PLC components would cost less to install.
• Profibus-DP, Ethernet TCP/IP and CANopen were the most popular communication protocols used by respondents with hardware with embedded PLCs.
• Nearly 90% stated that communication with other embedded PLCs and a program backup facility to a PC were important; nearly 80% stated that remote monitoring from a separate PLC was important.
One concern raised by survey responses was a widespread lack of awareness of the importance of IEC-61131 and IEC-61499 programming standards. This points to a need for stronger promotion from the manufacturers and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
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