Frost.com - Industrial Automation and Process Control Research http://www.frost.com/c/10311/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10311/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 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