The smart pneumatics market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025). One of the key theories driving the future of pneumatics is its overall equipment effectiveness, which is improved with a boosted understanding of machine systems and processes. While the focus is very much on the electronic and digital control of automated systems, this doesn't necessarily prevent a future for pneumatics, as many material elements of the pneumatic system are able to adapt their designs and processes to incorporate IIoT factors into their operation. Researchers are looking at advanced electronic data collection systems; for example, using thin foils. These foils could be attached as labels to a pneumatic cylinder, where they would gather usage and sensory data and transmit it wirelessly to a control network.
- Growing awareness toward predictive maintenance is driving the market, due to the emergence of industry 4.0 and sophisticated ‘smarter’ technologies. According to Accenture, predictive maintenance of assets is one matching area of focus, which saves up to 12 percent over scheduled repairs, reducing overall maintenance costs up to 30%, and eliminate breakdowns up to 70 percent. For fluid power systems, it means a whole new level of condition and remote monitoring, to the extent that maintenance personnel can determine whether some obstacles has occurred or not.
- The penetration of digitization and IIoT is driving the market. According to vXchnge Holdings Inc., over 80% of industrial manufacturing companies are using or planning to use IoT devices for better energy efficiency, and higher overall levels of production uptime. This enhances the demand of smart pneumatics in the coming years. Recently in May 2019, Emerson has released a new tool to help pneumatic system users conveniently and easily see the potential benefits of integrating IIoT. By connecting the new AVENTICS Smart Pneumatics Analyzer to the pressurized air supply on a present machine, users will have instantaneous analysis options for key machine characteristics such as compressed air consumption and possible leakages.
- Lack of common platform for Ethernet, ZigBee and Profibus is restraining the market to grow as these devices can easily be integrated into wireless systems across the IoT industry via these gateways and due to lack of integration at industrial and manufacturing sector the market for smart pneumatics is challenging to grow.
Scope of the Report
With sensory data flowing in both directions, old pneumatic processes are being renovated into smart pneumatic systems, with data communicated to higher-level controllers and distributed to local networks through pneumatic components such as smart actuators, smart valves. This integration incorporates in various end-users such as manufacturing, industrial, etc.
Key Market Trends
Oil & Gas in Industrial Segment Holds the Significant Share
- With an increasing demand for energy in the long term but quite unstable in the short term, the oil and gas industry is facing many challenges in its complete value chain and there is a need for major “technological revolution” or massive investment to improve safety, efficiency and competitiveness. Process instrumentation is an integral portion of any process industry as it allows real-time measurement and control of process variables such as levels, flow, pressure, temperature, pH, and humidity.
- Moreover, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) plays a role, where electric actuators equipped with powerful electronics serve as information hubs, providing direct access to a wide variety of both process and diagnostics data for preventative maintenance. Modulating actuators provide enhanced positioning accuracy for control valves to precisely modulate the flow within pipes. In the upstream segment, this is for the flow of crude oil and natural gas; in the midstream segment, it’s for the storage and transportation of resources. In the downstream segment, this is for the refining process of crude oil.
- Due to the criticalness of flow measurements, manufacturers are continuously developing new features for hard and severe applications. One type of flowmeter used in a wide range of industry sectors is the smart Coriolis mass-flowmeter, where multiple process variables such as mass flow, density, and temperature are simultaneously measured, leading to accurate information about other process parameters such as volume flow, concentration, etc.
- With the increasing demand for oil and gas equipment, the demand for pneumatic components and its measuring tools are high and Japan holds major contributions in supplying and the expected demand is towards smart pneumatics components such as smart pneumatic valves and actuators which may hold a significant revenue under this category.
Asia-Pacific Account for Significant Market Growth
- The expanding population, increasing industrialization, and rapid urbanization in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in developing countries, such as China and India will lead to the increasing demand for agricultural products, food, and chemicals, which use pneumatic equipment in their manufacturing plants.
- Increased investments in new plants such as in oil and gas, steel, power, and petrochemicals, and rising adoption of international safety standards and practices are predicted to hold the market growth. This is the only region to register an oil and gas capacity growth in recent years and about four new refineries were added in the region, which has added about 750,000 barrels per day, to global crude oil production.
- Also,the Cambodian government signed an agreement with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency to build a wastewater treatment plant in Dangkor district. The project focused to improve the drainage system in the district for wastewater to flow straight to the plant rather than river by investing USD 25 million. Such projects across this region is estimated to drive the market for smart valves and actuators.
The market for smart pneumatics is presently in mid of fragmented and consolidated due to the presence of low players in the market and various other companies are extensively investing in offering a wide range of technologies to the customers for application across the industries. Moreover, these companies are continuously investing in adopting advanced technologies for developing valves and actuators. Key players are Emerson Electric Co., Parker Hannifin Corporation, Festo, etc. Recent developments in the market are -
- Sep 2019 - Parker Hannifin added an expanded range of features and capabilities to its H Series ISO valve platform as part of its global focus on factory automation. It is designed with a new universal manifold, where the new valves provide the opportunity to mix ISO 02, 01, 1 and 2 valve sizes on one common manifold without transition blocks. This ability enables right sizing in the field and the ISO design supports easy interchangeability for additions or changes to the valve and manifold assembly.
- Dec 2018 - The Ham-Let Group launched its first smart valve ready to connect to the Internet. The company has incorporated cloud-based technology into its products to increase reliability, reduce costs and open up new possibilities that were previously too expensive or too complex to implement. As a complete oil and gas portfolio company, Ham-Let continues to make efforts to supply unique safety solutions that bring the best value in terms of the total cost of ownership.
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