ACS suppliers have to work to their maximum potential to meet end-user demands for optimal returns from their assets. A shrinking skilled work force at end-user plants, coupled with the need for maximum asset utilisation, optimised production processes and energy efficiency is driving the demand for ACS services across process industries.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (industrialautomation.frost.com), EMEA Automation and Control Solutions Services Market, finds that the market is estimated to expand from $4.43 billion in 2008 to $8.41 billion in 2015, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.58 per cent. The product segments covered in this research are programmable logic controllers (PLC), distribution control system (DCS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), human machine interface (HMI), asset management (AM) and enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI).
"Despite the limited spending due to the economic meltdown, quality cannot be compromised and services continue to be a key tool in keeping the plant up and running," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Khadambari Shanbagaraman. "Such services are advantageous to both end user and supplier, with the former achieving operational excellence and the latter gaining multi vendor expertise."
The increasing level of automation in process industries is boosting the demand for ACS services. Suppliers intend to build vertical expertise in the services market, what is beneficial to end users, as they are able to achieve maximum returns on their assets and on asset utilisation.
Diminishing budgets due to the global financial crises are restraining process industries from investing in automation services. Additionally, the conservative mindset of end users, who fail to realize the long-term benefits of services, remains a hindrance to services adoption. Once the economic situation stabilises, investment levels are set to rise. At the same time, it is anticipated that end users will also recognise the benefits of these services.
"Since services benefits are mostly non-monetary, end-users fail to realise its long-term benefits," explains Khadambari Shanbagaraman. "The challenge for most suppliers is not just to provide services, but also to understand the functioning of the end users’ business and accordingly customise their service offering."
Service providers should clearly articulate the benefits yielded by ACS services to the end users. Increasing main automation contracts underline the importance of automation and services across the end-user plant. Suppliers should work closely with sub-vendors to understand the end-user business model. Additionally, it is essential for suppliers to gain multi vendor and vertical domain expertise to effectively compete with other participants.
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