LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio market research analysts forecast the global programmable multi-axis motion controller market to grow at a CAGR of more than 8% during the period 2018-2022, according to their latest report.
The advent of digital multi-axis controllers is one of the major trends being witnessed in the market. The ongoing developments in the architecture of industrial machinery have enhanced accuracy and performance for repeatable tasks. This, in turn, has created a huge room for devices that can integrate with traditional axis positioning. The digital motion controller is one such device that acts as a modern solution for axis control in machines and systems. They can be PC programmed with the help of software to manage position, velocity, or force of any electrohydraulic axis to improve motion performance and simplify automation architecture, and can be interfaced with fieldbus, the machine main control unit.
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In this report, Technavio analysts highlight the growing adoption of EtherCAT and other digital buses as a key factor contributing to the growth of the global programmable multi-axis motion controller market:
Growing adoption of EtherCAT and other digital buses drives growth
EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) is a MAC layer protocol and is transparent to any higher-level Ethernet protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP, and Web server. It uses a unique approach known as “processing on the fly,” wherein the data is directly processed while passing through the device because of which, the operating speed of EtherCAT is much higher than other protocols. This principle of “processing on the fly” also permits flexibility in topology and provides real-time data.
According to a senior analyst at Technavio for automation, “Unlike other Industrial Ethernet protocols, in EtherCAT, the master sends out a single message with data for all nodes. The message transmits to a following node while data is processed by the previous node. In this way, it maximizes the use of the available bandwidth, offering increased speed. Additionally, EtherCAT does not require the use of external switches or routers. EtherCAT devices use an embedded switch.”
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Programmable multi-axis motion controller - market segmentation
This market research report segments the global programmable multi-axis motion controller market into the following applications (machine tools, semiconductor equipment, packaging and labeling machinery, and material handling equipment) and key regions (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA). It provides an in-depth analysis of the prominent factors influencing the market, including drivers, opportunities, trends, and industry-specific challenges.
Of the four major applications, the machine tools segment held the largest market share in 2017, accounting for over 35% of the market. This application will dominate the market throughout the forecast period.
In 2017, the market in APAC accounted for a significant share of approximately 43% of the overall market revenue. The market in APAC is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period.
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