Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and PLC-based Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs)

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and PLC-based PAC Market Research study delivers current market analysis plus a five year market and technology forecast. The study is available in multiple editions including worldwide, all regions, and most major countries.

PLC and PLC-based PACs Adapt to the Challenges of Industrial IoT

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and programmable automation controllers (PACs) continue to be the preferred choice among machine builders and end users not just for machine control, but increasingly in process and infrastructure applications. Based on established industrial technology, PLCs are valued for their speed, repeatability, reliability, and ease of deployment and maintenance.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing how industrial processes are controlled and monitored, but PLCs are growing with and adapting to the new challenges rather than being replaced by alternate technologies. PLCs have gained a lot of speed and new functionality in the past decade, allowing some users to switch to a PLC that is one size smaller. This tactic is especially popular with cost-conscious machine builders, and is changing the market dynamics.

The market contracted slightly in 2019 after two strong years of growth, and is taking a strong hit in 2020 due to the coronavirus. 

The PLC and PLC-based PACs market, including hardware, software, and services, is mature and established, but there is a lot of innovation at the “industrial edge” where automation technology meets the Internet of Things. Pre-coronavirus growth was stable and predictable as automation technology found its way into various new applications.

The market is expected to rebound in the post-coronavirus world, but the recovery will take on different characteristics depending on the region and industry. One can expect to see a boost in investment in “smart and connected” manufacturing equipment by manufacturers looking to get a leg up on the competition as markets recover.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Strategic Issues 

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Market Forecast

In addition to providing a five-year market forecast, the PLC and PLC-based PACs market research provides detailed quantitative current market data and addresses key strategic issues as follows.

  • The trend toward Industrial IoT-capable PLC systems is changing the role of PLCs in automation architectures. Virtualization and edge computing are exerting influence on the shape of future automation architectures, and industrial 5G will also drive this evolution. Cloud connectivity and linking to Industrial IoT platforms are becoming “must haves.” As architectures evolve, PLCs will connect to edge devices with cloud connectivity, or PLCs may become edge devices themselves. 
  • The need for flexible machinery and data transparency is driving demand for smart sensing devices, which in turn is growing demand for more input and output channels. However, as software becomes a larger part of automation solutions, PLC selection criteria are emphasizing software and services. 
  • Modular type package (MTP) is an emerging concept for process industries. The NAMUR organization is working to standardize modular architectures for production units that allow users to scale their production capacity up and down according to changing needs. The modularity of machinery and process plants will shift demand toward smaller controllers, favoring PLCs.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic will set the market back to a large extent in 2020, but the study includes an updated forecast that reflects how and when ARC expects the PLC market to recover in the coming years.  

 

PLC and PLC-based PAC Study Formats and Editions Available

This market study may be purchased as an Excel Workbook and/or as a PDF File.  The Workbook has some unique features such as the ability to view data in local currency.  Regional studies include country and industry market data.  Country studies include market trends and industry data.  Studies and formats available are listed below:

MIRA Workbook PDF File
Worldwide (includes regional data) Yes Yes
North America (includes country data) Yes No
Latin America (includes country data) Yes No
Europe, Middle East, Africa (includes country data) Yes No
Asia (includes country data) Yes No
Country Profiles (includes Country Data) No Yes

Countries included in each region.

Table of contents for these studies is shown in the following paragraphs.

Worldwide Market Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

  • Major Trends
  • Industry Trends
  • Regional Trends
  • Strategies for Success

Competitive Analysis

  • Market Shares for Leading Suppliers
  • Market Shares by Region
    • North America
    • Europe, Middle East, Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America
  • Market Shares by Revenue Category
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Services
  • Market Shares by Hardware Type
    • Operator Interface
    • Nano Controller
    • Micro Controller
    • Small Controller
    • Large Controller
    • Other Controller
    • Unbundled I/O
  • Market Shares by Software Type
    • Programming
    • Templates and Libraries
  • Market Shares by Service Type
    • Automation Training
    • Spare Part Contracts
    • Maintenance Contracts
    • Software Updates
  • Market Shares by Industry
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Automotive
    • Buildings
    • Cement & Glass
    • Chemical
    • Electric Power Generation
    • Electric Power T&D
    • Electronics & Electrical
    • Fabricated Metals
    • Food & Beverage
    • Machinery
    • Metals
    • Mining
    • Oil & Gas
    • Pharmaceutical & Biotech
    • Pulp & Paper
    • Refining
    • Semiconductors
    • Water & Wastewater
  • Market Shares by Machinery Segment
  • Market Shares by PAC and Standard PLCs 
  • Market Shares by Edge Controller Capability
  • Market Shares by Sales Channel
  • Market Shares by Customer Type

Market Forecasts & Histories

  • Total PLC and PLC-based PAC Business Including Hardware, Software, and Services
  • Shipments by Region
    • North America
    • Europe, Middle East, Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America
  • Shipments by Revenue Category
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Services
  • Shipments by Hardware Type
    • Operator Interface
    • Nano Controller
    • Micro Controller
    • Small Controller
    • Large Controller
    • Other Controller
    • Unbundled I/O
  • Shipments by Software Type
    • Programming
    • Templates and Libraries
  • Shipments by Service Type
    • Automation Training
    • Spare Part Contracts
    • Maintenance Contracts
    • Software Updates
  • Shipments by Industry
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Automotive
    • Building Automation
    • Cement & Glass
    • Chemical
    • Electronics & Electrical
    • Electric Power Generation
    • Electric Power T&D
    • Fabricated Metals
    • Food & Beverage
    • Machinery
    • Metals
    • Mining
    • Oil & Gas
    • Pharmaceutical & Biotech
    • Pulp & Paper
    • Refining
    • Semiconductor
    • Water & Wastewater
  • Shipments by Machinery Segment
  • Shipments by PAC and Standard PLCs
  • Shipments by Edge Controller Capability
  • Shipments by Sales Channel
  • Shipments by Customer Type

Industry Participants

The research identifies all relevant suppliers serving this market. 

Regional Market Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

Competitive Analysis

  • Leading Suppliers in Region
  • Industry Shares in Region
  • Country Shares in Region
  • Leading Suppliers by Industry

Market History & Forecast Analysis 

  • Market History & Forecast by Country
  • Market History & Forecast by Industry

Industry Participants

List of countries & currencies included in each region: MIRA-Country

Country Research Focus Areas

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