Frost.com - Industrial Automation and Process Control Research http://www.frost.com/c/10097/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10097/home.do - Industrial Automation and Process Control Research Frost & Sullivan Innovations in Swarm Robotics, 3D Printing Ceramics, Metals, Multimaterials, Light-based Manufacturing, Asset Tracking, Robotic Arms, and Joining Technology http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D718-00-73-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D718-00-73-00-00 This Advanced Manufacturing Technology TOE profiles advancements in swarm robots, 3D printing of ceramics, metals, multi-materials, light-based manufacturing using optical traps, asset and inventory tracking. The Advanced Manufacturing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations and developments related to manufacturing and industrial automation on a weekly basis. Innovations are focused toward improving product traceability, energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprints, integrating product design and manufacturing aspects for reducing time-to-market. Research focus areas include rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing), lightweighting (multimaterial joining, plastics and metals manufacturing, carbon fiber-based composite manufacturing), smart robotics (agile robots, consumer robots, swarm robotics, cobots), monitoring and control (wireless control networks, human machine interface), and simulation and modeling (design and simulation software). The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries. Keywords: Swarm robots, 3D printing, 3D printing ceramics, 3D printing metals, 3D printing multi-materials, light-based manufacturing, optical traps, optoelectronic tweezer, freeze drying, asset tracking; inventory tracking, fused filament fabrication, frequency scanning interferometry, lasers Fri, 4 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Robotic Exoskeletons: Roadmapping and Impact Analysis http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D88A-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D88A-01-00-00-00 Awareness and research initiatives of robotics technologies improving human life and intelligence have created opportunities for robotic exoskeleton manufacturers to discover a wide range of applications across various sectors. Efficient human-robot interaction, reduced footprint, ease of integration, reprogram ability and creation of flexible environment are encouraging advancements of robotic exoskeletons. Robotic platforms are expected to be pivotal role in automation. Apart from automating the working environment, the adoption of exoskeletons will ease the tasks of humans associated with dangerous and hazardous tasks. In healthcare industry, robotic exoskeletons are expected to play a quintessential role in offering effective physical rehabilitation and elderly care solutions. The scope of this report is limited to robotic exoskeletons based on its applicability in healthcare, manufacturing, military and construction sector. This technology and innovation report focuses on providing a snapshot on the key impact of exoskeletons on sector level, social and economic front. A global patent and funding assessment on the technology development is included in the report along with key innovations and growth opportunities of robotic exoskeletons. A global analysis on the current development of robotic exoskeleton technologies was done to assess the disruptive opportunities of exoskeletons. Key questions addressed in the research service: What are the key emerging applications which will have a high impact in the adoption of robotic exoskeletons? What are the benefits and challenges of robotic exoskeletons? What are the key innovations impacting technology development? What are they patent trends witnessed in the robotic exoskeleton area? What are the key focus areas of technology development? What are future growth opportunities? Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Breakthrough Sensor Innovations in Food and Beverage Sector http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D88C-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D88C-01-00-00-00 Smart sensors transform conventional industrial machines into connected industrial machines by connecting the device to the Internet. Connected industrial machines integrated with smart sensors are smart electronic devices, which can be remotely retrieved, observed, and measured using personal computers, laptops and smartphones. In food manufacturing process, sensors are built for detecting and identifying contaminants in food quality and food safety applications. Mostly, the sensors are built and utilized in-line and are directly integrated to the current manufacturing lines. Advancements in sensors for food and beverage industry are enabling key benefits such as process monitoring, shelf-life investigation, freshness evaluation, authenticity assessment and other quality control studies. Key Questions Answered in the Technology and Innovation Report 1. What is the significance of sensors in food and beverage industry? 2. What are the technology trends and key enabling technologies? 3. What are the factors that influence technology development and adoption? 4. Who are the key innovators driving developments? 5. What are the opportunities based on patent and funding trends? 6. What are the future prospects of the technology? 7. What sort of strategies do OEMs need to embrace to gain entry and sustain the competitive marketplace? Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Metal 3D Printing Revolutionizing Modern Manufacturing http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D88E-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D88E-01-00-00-00 Metal 3D printing has experienced increased demand in the additive manufacturing market. However, the high cost of printers, slow speed, and limited part size have somewhat limited the volume opportunities for metal 3D printers in industrial applications. The rapidly evolving manufacturing industry has recognized the significance of additive manufacturing technology and has initiated R&D projects and set up dedicated teams to further improve and expand the technology capabilities to meet future end-user needs. The metal 3D printing market is becoming one of the fastest growing market segments in the digital era, and the trend is expected to continue moving forward. The focus of 3D printing has moved from hobbyist to industrial and business applications with metal 3D printing in the limelight at present. While plastic 3D printing technology using 3D printing techniques, such as fused deposition modeling (FDM) is the largest market segment, metal 3D printing is gaining attention. The growing demand for metal 3D printing is highly driven by the ability of the technology to manufacture highly customized metal alloys at affordable prices and the ability to combine various separate parts into a single unit. Key applications include: aerospace, automotive and healthcare industries.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key questions answered in the study:

• What is the significance of metal 3D printing?

• What are the key funding trends and focus areas?

• What are the manufacturing innovations driving adoption?

• How do end-users leverage the benefit of metal 3DP?

• What are the growth opportunities beyond 2020?

• What is the future of metal 3D Printing?

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Big Area Additive Manufacturing: Technology Adoption Assessment http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D894-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D894-01-00-00-00 Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques have become more popular in the recent times due to its ability to enable low cost objects, leading to saving considerable amount of time, labor, and material. The advent of large-scale additive manufacturing techniques, has further led to the development of more advanced technologies such as big area additive manufacturing (BAAM), which has smaller difference compared to traditional 3D printing methods. Globally, BAAM and other large-format 3D printing technologies are finding increased opportunities. Owing to the huge build volume enabled by BAAM, the technology may have high adoption by 2020. Several OEMs and research universities are buying BAAM machines for deployment in factories which enables them to save significant time and also to drive research and development initiatives. BAAM largely finds applications in automotive, aerospace, consumer markets and in the building and construction sector. In the construction industry, large-scale additive manufacturing has showcased tremendous benefits. Several companies are constructing houses and bridges using 3D printing technology. However BAAM is in the nascent stage of adoption in the construction sector. Key research focus areas include adhesives and materials used for BAAM, inkjet printing, high density 3D printing, as well as fused deposition modeling. Eco-friendly methods of using material in large-scale additive manufacturing have been adopted by Chinese firms enabling 3D printing with ink developed from recycled waste, thus ensuring zero waste. The technology and innovation report Big Area Additive Manufacturing: Technology Adoption Assessment covers technology development and adoption scenario driving the future of manufacturing. The report captures topics on technology and application landscape, key stakeholder initiatives, patent publication trends and funding scenario, and growth opportunities for BAAM. Wed, 26 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Quantum Computing, 3D Printing, Robots, and Artificial Intelligence http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-99-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-99-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts the current landscape and the new trends associated with quantum computing and 3D printing for electronic circuitry. It also focuses on innovations in underwater robots and artificial intelligence. Inside R&D TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations that are in research and development in virtually all technology areas. We provide intelligence and insights on innovations spanning a wide variety of industry areas, including automation, electronics, sensors, information and communication technologies, manufacturing, health, wellness, medical devices, pharma, biotechnology, materials, coatings, renewable fuels, automotive, power systems, sustainable energy solutions and innovations that contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. Keywords: Quantum computing, underwater robots, artificial intelligence, AI, rendering Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 European Pumps Market in the Chemical Industry, Forecast to 2025 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MDE7-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MDE7-01-00-00-00 The objective of this study is to identify and evaluate the growth opportunities for pump manufacturers of centrifugal and positive displacement in the chemicals industry by analyzing the route toward expanding the breadth of their product and service offering. It analyzes both present and future trends influencing the pump manufacturing market that is exposed to uncertain economic conditions, slow recovery of oil prices, constant revision in trade policies, influx of low-cost manufacturers and changing end-user requirements. Chemical manufacturers are at a crossroad where there has been a dramatic shift in the demand and supply equation with growing need for petrochemicals, specialty, and consumer chemicals as compared to that of basic chemicals. With the existence of such a volatile business environment, chemical manufacturers are striving toward reducing their operational cost and curb energy consumption. Pumps built-in with energy-efficient and real-time monitoring capabilities are likely to gain traction in such market scenario. Moreover, with the emergence of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), pump manufacturers are well positioned to redefine their value propositions by transitioning toward service-based business models and assist chemical manufacturers in achieving their strategic priorities. These solutions are widely adopted for operations under extreme environmental conditions in a chemical processing plant and remain a preferred choice for end users by embedding the latest technology. With 2018 as the base year, the research provides estimates of the market size and future growth prospects up to 2025. For this purpose, a specific methodology is followed that includes discussion with senior management of pump manufacturers that is supported by secondary research.--BEGIN PROMO--

Research Highlights

  • In-depth analysis with market sizing of product segments: Centrifugal pumps – single-stage, multi-stage, axial & mid-flow, submersible, and sealless & circulators; and positive displacement pumps (PD pumps) – Diaphragm, gear, lobe, piston, screw, vane, peristaltic, and progressive cavity pumps.
  • Regional perspective of demand pattern in various advanced and emerging markets of Europe, which includes Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Scandinavia, Iberia, Benelux, Eastern Europe, and rest of Western Europe.
  • Acceptance of such advanced capabilities by various end-user markets: basic, specialty, agro, and consumer chemicals.
  • New product capabilities: integration of connectivity platform, communication gateways, and intelligence to the pump system. Though the industry prefers to run its plant operations with conventional technology, the challenges posed by external factors and soaring cost of operations requires chemical companies to transition toward technologies that prevent plant downtime, optimize asset utilization, and maximize productivity. This offers a holistic perspective on the various opportunities, challenges, and threats for the pump manufacturers in Europe and emphasizes the key initiatives propelling growth.
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Food & Beverages 4.0, 2018 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K2A5-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K2A5-01-00-00-00 The Future of Food & Beverage (F&B) Manufacturing with IIoT. The impact of information technology (IT) on the manufacturing industry has been tremendous in recent times. With an increasing number of machines being connected to the Internet, data is being generated in huge volumes. Advancements in real-time data processing and predictive analytics further help in discovering newer ways of utilising the data to generate insights for effective decision-making. Internet of things (IoT) and data analytics are the two main technologies that are driving the manufacturing space today. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a powerful upcoming trend in the F&B industry. The industry is not new to technological innovations. However, with the introduction of IIoT, the manufacturing of food and beverages is expected to be elevated to the next level. The F&B industry has been a recent addition in the IIoT maturity spectrum, having implemented sensor technology and computerised automation in the recent past. Successful F&B companies are constantly innovating and increasingly upgrading their technological infrastructure using elements of IIoT such as edge computing, Big Data, predictive analytics, cloud and other applications. With the convergence of digitised machine parts and improved connectivity, IIoT is already gaining momentum across several departments of F&B manufacturing. Like in any other industry, the objective of IIoT implementation in the F&B industry is to improve process and product efficiencies. In a scenario of ever-expanding opportunities and development of newer business models, companies are looking at exploring newer ways to adopt digital technologies within their realm of food production. This research paper looks at identifying all such opportunities and the ways in which IIoT can be implemented across all the departments of the food value chain. It will also look into some of the top technology trends that are shaping the industry. The study will also seek to understand ways by which IIoT is perceived within the industry, its benefits and the competitive landscape. Supported by established use cases, this study will cover the prospective value of investments in the vertical and how this has spread across various constituent elements in the industry ecosystem. With such rapid advancements of IIoT in the F&B sector, soon millions of sensors will start collecting several zeta bytes of machine data. It will be exciting to explore and discover ground-breaking opportunities that all of this data could bring to the F&B sector. As far as this industry is concerned, the concept of IIoT is not for the distant future. Now is the right time to think and act. Tue, 4 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in 3D Printing of Large Scale Plastic, Metal, Silicone, and Micro Components http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D718-00-72-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D718-00-72-00-00 This Advanced Manufacturing Technology TOE highlights advancements 3D printing of large-scale plastic structures, silicone, metals, and micro-scale structures or objects. The Advanced Manufacturing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations and developments related to manufacturing and industrial automation on a weekly basis. Innovations are focused toward improving product traceability, energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprints, integrating product design and manufacturing aspects for reducing time-to-market. Research focus areas include rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing), lightweighting (multimaterial joining, plastics and metals manufacturing, carbon fiber-based composite manufacturing), smart robotics (agile robots, consumer robots, swarm robotics, cobots), monitoring and control (wireless control networks, human machine interface), and simulation and modeling (design and simulation software). The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries. Keywords: 3D printing, fused deposition modeling, fused filament fabrication, large-scale 3D printing, silicone 3D printing, metal 3D printing, micro-scale 3D printing, stereolithography, digital light processing, acrylonitrile styrene acrylate, liquid additive manufacturing, selective power deposition, laminated resin printing Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 European Intelligent Pumps and Controllers Market Driving Smart Revolution, Forecast to 2024 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MDA7-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MDA7-01-00-00-00 This study dives into the benefits of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology incorporated into pumps. Intelligent pumps started off with integrating Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and controllers to pumps in order to conserve energy, monitor the performance, control the speed, and measure a few parameters by adding sensors to the equipment. However, its capability is quite limited. With increased customer demand to include advanced capabilities that could translate normal data into more meaningful action, intelligent pumps are in the process of evolving into smart pumps. With IIoT, advanced features as such predictive maintenance, remote monitoring, digital twin technology, artificial intelligence and Virtual Reality (VR)/Augmented Reality (AR) end users will be able to greatly benefit in the next decade. The impact of smart pumps in end-user industries such water and wastewater, Oil and Gas (O&G), chemicals, pharmaceuticals, building services, and food and beverage have been discussed. Perspectives from major participants have also been included in this study. To understand the present scenario in the pumps market, it becomes necessary to know about the transformation of end-user industries. Lack of investment for new projects, especially in O&G, mining, and other commodity sectors, where prices have reached the rock bottom in the last 5 years or so, has had a huge impact on the pumps business revenue. Capital investments have come down due to economic downturn. End-user companies do not want to purchase new equipment; instead they work towards maintaining their existing assets. They aim at improving the reliability of the existing infrastructure. Now-a-days, consumers are more conscious about OPEX savings and so there is an increased demand for higher efficiency, process optimisation, energy conservation, higher output, and reduced downtime. As mentioned earlier, for a plant operator to improve the profitability, it is important to reduce the fixed cost as much as possible. By maintaining existing equipment in its proper condition and by utilising the assets to their maximum potential, it is possible to improve the productivity and energy efficiency. Energy consumption attributes to a major proportion of fixed cost and reducing it can lead to abundant savings for plant operators. It is important for pump manufacturers to follow an innovative and unique approach to this challenge. OEMs can deploy IIoT technology in their design for reducing energy consumption. Historic data collected from the sensors, equipment, and other assets are stored in a network database called cloud . This data is extremely crucial for making business decisions, planning for higher productivity, and predictive maintenance and should be accessible at any point of time. Data obtained from sensors installed on the pumps, during several operating conditions are stored in cloud-based systems and will help the operator in learning the pumps functionality, by observing the trend. From the in-depth knowledge gained, the operating conditions can be tweaked to improve the efficiency of the pumps. With connected plants, supply chains that are located in various regions can be linked together on a common platform through protocol interoperability. This improves transparency and visibility within an organisation, making it easy for a manager to plan efficiently. With connected plants , remote operations are also possible with AR/VR and digital twin technologies, reducing the need for plant operators and experts to travel to hazardous and remote locations. It is no more a challenge to gather information from sensors. The real problem lies in storing this huge volume of data and deriving meaningful information from it. It is not possible to document all the data gathered over several years and the cloud can be extremely helpful for this purpose. By analysing the stored information over a period of time, the operator can also predict potential issues and suggest predictive maintenance to plant operators that will reduce unplanned downtime when the equipment is performing crucial operations. Software applications are built for the purpose of analysis and according to Frost & Sullivan s research, more mergers and acquisitions resulting in collaborative operations between pump manufacturers with the IT sector are expected during the forecast period. Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Hybrid Manufacturing: Technology Roadmapping and Opportunities http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D875-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D875-01-00-00-00 Rapid proliferation of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology in the industrial arena has attracted manufacturers and consumers to adopt the technology widely. Also awareness of the technology has led to the innovative option of merging additive and subtractive additive manufacturing techniques. The hybrid manufacturing technique or system often comprises direct energy deposition, powder bed fusion and milling techniques. Addition of milling option to additive manufacturing provides high quality products with improved surface finish, thus resulting in improvised solutions for design engineers. The technical attributes of hybrid manufacturing overhaul existing conventional techniques and have created footprint in sectors such as oil and gas, aerospace, and automotive. Business models are also evolving toward leasing of machinery, providing hybrid systems as a service in the manufacturing arena. This will increase the bandwidth of industries that the hybrid manufacturing systems service. Aerospace is one of the major industries impacted by the introduction of hybrid 3D printers. The technology is expected to improve tolerances, geometrics, and surface areas. 3D printing itself can enable production of lightweight components. 3D printed metal parts can reduce the weight of an airplane by about 7%. The technology and innovation report assesses opportunities for hybrid manufacturing systems, and provides insights on technology development scenario for the near-, medium-, and long-term. Growth opportunities for hybrid systems in different applications are also assessed. The technology and innovation report addresses the following questions: a) What is the significance and attractiveness of hybrid manufacturing technology? b) What are the key factors influencing adoption of hybrid systems over conventional techniques? c) What are the market potential and key trends impacting opportunities? d) How does research and patent scenario impact development? e) Who are the major companies working in hybrid manufacturing and what is the impact of their development? f) What will be the technology development scenario in the near-, medium-, and long- term and related growth opportunities? Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000