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Reversing several years of contraction, the industrial automation equipment market is poised to begin growing again. In particular, discrete safety equipment and computer numeric controls are expected to grow significantly faster than the industry average due in part to the rise of industrial IoT as well as to rapid growth in robotics.

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  • Edition Year: 2019-2020
    Brian Arbuckle | July 01, 2019
    The key markets served by embedded computer boards, modules and systems span military, medical, gaming, transportation, and industrial automation. Embedded computing controls ground, air and sea-based military applications, railroads and factories, and provides critical functionality to scientific and medical equipment.
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  • Edition Year: 2019-2020
    Jessica Nian | May 08, 2019
    This report looks at the discrete machine safety market at global analysis. The report provides a current analysis of the market as well as insight into the factors that are forecast to influence future growth.
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  • Edition Year: 2019-2020
    Syed Mohsin Ali | March 28, 2019
    This report is a study of industrial edge networking components and builds on the previous IHS Markit industrial Ethernet infrastructure components report published in March 2018. This report addresses the world market incorporating all regions.
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  • Sam Lucero | July 11, 2019
    Market forecasts of the cumulative volume of devices under management by IoT platforms and the resulting annual platform service revenue. These forecasts are global in scope, segmented by region, platform type, and device type, and cover the period from 2015 to 2030.
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  • Sam Lucero | July 11, 2019
    Comprehensive list of hundreds of IoT platform vendors, filterable by numerous criteria, including platform type, platform introduction (year), funding type, headquarters location, number of employees, and more.
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  • Process Instrumentation Research Package
    Greg Johnson | May 18, 2018
    The Process Instrumentation Research Package provides forecasts and analysis of the market for four instrumentation types: flowmeters, level measurement devices, pressure transmitters, and temperature transmitters. For each database, the market is segmented to provide a tertiary level of analysis, presenting market sizes and forecasts by product, region, industry sector, communication type, and other technical segmentations. Data is presented using a base year of 2017 and forecast market growth through to 2022.
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  • Industrial Automation & Digitalisation, Parma
    Fabio Raffo | June 20, 2019
    Over forty thousand visitors attended this year SPS IPC Drives Italia: the leading Italian trade fair for Smart, Digital, Flexible Manufacturing. IHS Markit took this annual opportunity to discuss the big opportunities offered by the advent of the 4th industrial revolution.
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  • Analysis: Traditional Power and Transport & Distribution Sectors
    Syed Mohsin Ali | September 28, 2018
    This presentation explores the driving factors behind this upheave in the trend towards adoption of Ethernet in power sector as the leading technology for communication.
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  • Nitin Sharma | October 21, 2016
    Networking and connectivity of devices is one of the underlying enablers of Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0. This includes networking of automation and machinery but also other platforms and production systems, such as manufacturing execution systems (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
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  • Icon Senior Research Manager, Manufacturing Technology
    Within the Manufacturing Technology Group at IHS Markit, Mark manages a team of analysts producing highly detailed annual market statistics for discrete automation, capital equipment, industrial communications, smart manufacturing, switchgear, industrial robotics and vertical machinery markets.

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