PLC is a key constituent of sweeping automation trends and plays a vital role in controlling key components by keying a tab on processes and collecting feedback for continuous improvement with minimal human effort. The growing need for safety, energy efficiency, better productivity, and sustainability are key factors augmenting the adoption of PLC systems in the global market. The rapid economic development and exponential growth of the infrastructure and manufacturing industries will fuel the demand in the global PLC market. The increasing requirement for control elements and centralized systems for effective integration and implementation across automotive, defense, marine and communications industries will propel the development of the global PLC market. The trends of increasing mobile connectivity, internet proliferation, and smartphone penetration are boosting the demand for programmable logic controllers that support home and industrial automation.

The global PLC market is estimated to reach values of more than $46 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of more than 8% during 2017-2022.

PLC-controlled Implementation for Smart Homes

Home automation integrated with PLC offers ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and affordability in the global market. The advanced systems offer energy consumption management, security monitoring, control of machines, and automatic production lines in the industrial automation systems. The home automation system control module consists of software and hardware applications. These systems are easy to build, services, modify, and provides reliable communication which helps reduce costs of home automation. The control modules designed through logic controllers provides multilevel component fault detection, switch on or switch off, and tolerance in critical-areas including voltage control of power socket, gas sensing, and valve control circuits. The increase in disposable incomes across emerging nations will augment the for electric controls, security, and entertainment in homes in the global market. The smart home revolution driven by increased internet penetration and mobile connectivity will boost the growth of the global PLC market.

Increased Prominence of PACs and PLC-based PACs

A programmable automation controller (PAC) is a new generation industrial controller, which combines functionalities of a PLC and a PC. PACs are used by PC control companies to describe their industrial control platforms and help vendors define their high-end systems. PAC systems offer multi-domain functionality, single multi-discipline development platform, software tools to design the process flow in several functional process units or machines, open and modular architectures, and employ de-facto standards for network interfaces and languages. With the integration of PLC with PACs will allow vendors to offer high-performance cost-effectively thereby, propelling the growth of the global market. These systems are designed to simplify programming and maintenance and offer faster scan time because of advanced processor chips inside controllers. The growing need for dependability, ruggedness, and reliable performance will propel the development of the global PLC market during the forecast period.

PLC Architecture to Increasingly Adopt SoC FPGAs

System-on-Chip (SoC) FPGAs provide a smarter approach to the PLC architecture. SoC-FPGAs combine the processor and the FPGA fabric on a single chip. The benefits of using SoCs in the PLC architecture, which includes high performance, low-power usage, reduced BOM and PCB space and layer cost, scalability and investment protection, flexibility and improved time to the market. Power and cost-efficient SoCs are rapidly being adapted and scaled according to growing and evolving the customer’s needs driven by Industry 4.0 and IIoT in the global PLC market. A FPGA fabric implements open SSL encryption, which provides up to 4X acceleration over processor-based implementations. This encryption enables faster, more secure enterprise communication channels in the global market. Such benefits associated with superior architecture will augment the development of the global PLC market.

The leading vendors in the global PLC market are Schneider Electric SE, Rockwell Automation Inc., Siemens AG, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., and Omron Corp.

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