Pneumatics 4.0: Penetration of Advanced Technologies through Lower Tiers

Published: 28 Sep 2017

Ever since the term ‘Industry 4.0’ was coined back in 2013, the term has become the buzzword in the industrial world. Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution, which envisages smart factories with machines communicating seamlessly with each other and with human beings. Both Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) envision a smart value chain where the horizontal and vertical are integrated in an effort to reduce, and eventually eliminate inefficiencies throughout the value chain. Within the manufacturing sector, IIoT/Industry 4.0 adoption was expected to increase significantly across various industries. In the context of the pneumatic equipment market, IIoT/Industry 4.0 adoption has been slow primarily due to the lack of a clear and well-defined IIoT/Industry 4.0 strategy. End users are hesitant to upgrade their systems, as technical standards are yet to be established and concerns related to cybersecurity and data ownership remain. While traditional pneumatic systems were ‘dumb’, especially compared to electric systems, modern-day pneumatic systems boast vastly improved levels of intelligence, especially with increased PLC usage. The trend of increased electronic integration in pneumatic systems has steadily been gathering pace over the last decade. This has helped the pneumatic market to post stable growth even after the great recession. However, market saturation is expected over the next decade and new growth opportunities in this market are needed to help this market grow further. Frost & Sullivan believes that the trend of reshoring in developed regions and greater penetration of IIoT/Industry 4.0 will play a major role in future market growth.

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