Real-time Data Analysis to Define Next Generation of Manufacturing Systems

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Real-time Data Analysis to Define Next Generation of Manufacturing Systems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — The need for extensive plant visibility and streamlined multi-plant operations is reenergizing the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market across the globe. Demand will continue to grow, even among small and mid-scale end users, as solution providers develop cost effective MES solutions specific to particular industry verticals.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of the Global MES Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $4.58 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $8.64 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 9.5 percent. Hybrid industries, particularly the pharmaceutical, life sciences and food and beverage sectors, hold the greatest opportunities for MES providers.

“The need to process data from multiple workflow operations in real time is fueling uptake of MES solutions,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Senior Research Analyst Srikanth Madapura Shivaswamy. “Advanced platforms that can facilitate the seamless and holistic integration of different planning and production software will gain traction globally.”

Though the sophisticated, modular features of current MES solutions are lucrative, most users have a conservative mindset and are resistant to change, a long-standing factor dampening wide-scale implementation in the process industries. High costs, complexity, and long implementation times further discourage several end users from making the transition to new MES solutions.

Multisite rollout and standardization of one MES solution across manufacturing facilities and industry verticals will be crucial for seamless integration. Hence, mergers, acquisitions and alliances will be essential for vendors to gain market share, deliver technological innovations, and penetrate new applications in the fragmented MES market.

“Advancements in cloud, mobility and big data processing that enable real-time analysis will define next-generation MES software, thereby attracting a higher volume of small and mid-scale discrete industries,” stated Shivaswamy. “The shift of primary revenue generation from services to software licensing and support will also push vendors to design off-the-shelf solutions with quick turnaround times, in turn aiding adoption worldwide.”

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