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DIN-rail IPC market set for quick growth

26 February 2013

The DIN-rail industrial PC (IPC) market is projected to have the fastest growth of all IPC types in 2013, according to a recently published report by IMS Research (now part of IHS Inc).

Toby Colquhoun, IHS senior analyst for IPCs, said: “DIN-rail IPCs are not new in the IPC market, but several trends have coincided to seed growth for the future. First, control engineers have increasing confidence in PC-based technology for critical tasks, whereas in the past using a PLC was the only acceptable solution. Second, most manufacturing organisations continue to connect factory and enterprise networks. As enterprise networks are typically PC-based, DIN-rail IPCs allow seamless integration between decision makers and the factory floor.

“DIN-rail IPC suppliers have reacted appropriately to customer requirements and have begun to offer next generation products. In 2011 Advantech and Beckhoff were estimated to account for most revenues. IHS projects the future market structure will differ, as new DIN-rail IPC suppliers – such as Siemens, IEI, and Nexcom – offer new products and reach new customers.”

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