This research report titled ‘Global Industrial Ethernet Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.
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Based on technology, the report categorizes the global industrial Ethernet market into the following segments:
Global industrial Ethernet market by Ethernet/IP
Four independent organizations have collaborated to develop and promote Ethernet/IP in factory automation and control. These groups include ODVA (the partnership between Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Endress+Hausar, and other automation companies), the Industrial Open Ethernet Association (IOANA), Control Net International (CNI) and the Industrial Ethernet Association (IEA). The goals of these groups are to push Ethernet/IP implementation and provide awareness about Ethernet/IP's comprehensive and certifiable standards suitable for a wide variety of automation devices. These groups manage the development of Ethernet/IP technologies and assist manufacturers through tools, training, and marketing activities.
Global industrial Ethernet market by PROFINET
In 2015, approximately three million devices operating on PROFINET were purchased in the global industrial automation market. In December 2015, the total number of devices operating globally on PROFINET was 12.9 million, which represents a 30% increase in the installed base over the previous year. IO-Link has seen the highest increase in 2015 with 63% growth over the previous year. The total number of installed IO-Link devices operating on PROFINET is approximately 3.6 million.
According to Bharath Kanniappan, a lead analyst at Technavio for research on automation, “The number of nodes for PROFINET is predicted to increase during the forecast period as it has started to replace conventional Fieldbus technology PROFIBUS in industrial automation.”
Global industrial Ethernet market by EtherCAT
EtherCAT is used in automation applications that require a short time for data updates with low communication jitter and hardware costs. Some of the advantages of EtherCAT are listed below:
- EtherCAT provides higher determinism compared with other Ethernet variants. The quick reaction time reduces the intervals during transitions between the process stages and improves the overall process efficiency.
- The EtherCAT system architecture reduces the load on the central processing unit (CPU) by 25%-30% compared with other bus systems given the same cycle time.
- It supports the entire CANopen and SERCOS drive profile. This helps users to configure the EtherCAT networks easily to a specified application by modifying predefined basic profiles.
- It can support almost any topology, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. This makes it flexible in terms of wiring, and different cables can be used.
Global industrial Ethernet market by Modbus TCP/IP
Modbus TCP/IP is an extension of popular Modbus protocol to replace the serial connection with TCP/IP. Modbus initially suffered from being a low-speed class of communication network because of its serial communication nature. The protocol was extended to provide real-time support to improve the communication speed. In this protocol, subscribers can determine the rate at which they need to receive the information. The protocol also sets the maximum received rate and the time interval after which the information becomes useless. However, Modbus TCP/IP uses standard TCP/IP stacks, which is a major issue as such devices can be easily hacked through the Internet. If hackers gain access to Modbus over a TCP/IP network, all the information available on the network can be collected and misused. These factors will restrain the implementation of this technology, hampering the demand.
Global industrial Ethernet market by POWERLINK
POWERLINK is the real-time protocol for standard Ethernet. This protocol is open and is managed by the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group. Real-time control is required to handle the speed of devices, control loops, and safety products for motion control applications. Conventional Ethernet devices are not capable of providing this facility. Hence, POWERLINK was developed to strengthen the communication capabilities.
Another important feature of POWERLINK is the accuracy with which it ensures data transfer to the required destination in a specific predictable time. POWERLINK Ethernet also provides visibility of all devices on the network. Through POWERLINK, data can be transferred to standard applications such as databases and process control systems. This allows devices to be monitored, configured, diagnosed, or upgraded from any accessible network point.
Global industrial Ethernet market by other technologies
The other industrial Ethernet market includes SERCOS III and CC-Link IE. Approximately 2 million CC-Link IE device nodes were installed in the industrial automation sector in 2015 according to Technavio research analysts. The total number of nodes installed worldwide amounted to approximately 17 million by the end of March 2016. CC-Link IE, invented by the Mitsubishi Electric, is the de facto networking standard in the Japanese industrial automation sector. It is expected to grow during the forecast period because it is penetrating throughout China and the majority of Asia. It is also gaining a footprint in the Americas and the European industrial automation sector. The number of CC-Link IE compatible product types reached 1,358 in 2015, giving a wider choice of devices for all applications. It is also supported by the CLPA organization, consisting of 2,328 members.
The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this report are:
- Beckhoff Automation
- Cisco Systems
- Rockwell Automation
- Schneider Electric
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