A Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) is a form of ruggedized computer used in industries for automation. They are programmed to automate specific processes, machine functions and sometimes the entire production line. PLCs receive information and data from connected input devices and process these data and trigger output upon their programmed instructions. Based on incoming inputs and outputs, real-time insights into machine productivity, the temperature can be measured and the processes can be automated. They are flexible and are controlled by robots, which are easily adaptable.
According to the report Europe Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Market by Architecture, Product, Industry Vertical and Country 2014-2025: Segment Analysis, Trend Forecast, and Business Strategy give a detailed analysis and data for annual revenue which is available for 2014-2025. The breakdown of key national markets by product type and industry vertical over the forecast years are also included. The report consists of competitor’s analysis and the predicted manufacture trend; and profiles PLC vendors including market leaders and important emerging players. Specifically, potential risks associated with investing in Europe PLC market and industry is assayed quantitatively and qualitatively through GMD’s Risk Assessment System. The major players in the market are ABB Ltd., B&R Industrial Automation GmbH, Emerson Electric Co., General Electric Co., Hitachi, Ltd., Honeywell International Inc., IDEC Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Omron Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Rockwell Automation Inc., Schneider Electric SE, Siemens AG, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
In the field of industrial automation, there has been a surge in the use of analytics, the use of PACs, PLCs and cloud-based supervisory control and data acquisitions. These trends will be the future of industrial automation. There is a constant improvement in making the automation industry energy sufficient, improved designs and operator visualization. PLCs will continue to play an important role in this because they have proven to be the best alternative for a variety of industrial automation appliances. PLCs are evolving at a great level due to flexibility, ease, improved memory, speed, and scalability. PLCs have reaped the benefits of USB technology and have made monitoring of control systems easier.
The future of PLCs will be ever evolving due to the advent of smaller micro and mini USB converters which will help in producing smaller PLCs and improve the bandwidth of usage. There will be improvements in communications, hardware, and software. In industrial automation in European countries, there already has been the adoption of control devices like PCs, DCs without any intervention from humans.
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