Automation by the Numbers
The need to improve manufacturing uptime, plant profitability, and process efficiency, paralleled by the rising complexity of manufacturing processes, has underscored the demand for enhanced motor services.
Frost & Sullivan says the market earned revenues of $766.8 million in 2011, and estimates it will reach $1289.9 million in 2018. The research covers technical consulting, motor management, installation and commissioning, maintenance and repairs, and other (training and standby motors) services.
Evolving energy regulations have highlighted the inadequacy of in-house motor maintenance. Instead, the focus has shifted to motor manufacturers with expertise in motor service maintenance who can facilitate energy efficient practices.
As the market makes a strong recovery from the global economic crisis, a key challenge in the short to medium term will be for motor manufacturers to provide the right service mix for end users. End user service requirements typically vary, with most preferring customized solutions. The challenge, therefore, will not only be to provide services for the product supplied, but also to understand the functioning of the total plant and customize the service offering accordingly. It is expected, however, that, once motor manufacturers and service providers gain sufficient expertise, the impact of this challenge will diminish.
Emerson Process Management announced that it clocked more than 1 billion total hours of wireless operations across 10,000 systems. Emerson Smart Wireless technology, based on the internationally recognized IEC 62591 WirelessHART standard approved in 2010, is now widely implemented in refineries, oil fields, offshore platforms, chemical plants, and other industrial facilities around the world to obtain real-time plant data to optimize operations, improve worker and plant safety, and reduce emissions and other environmental impacts.
Since its release five years ago, Emerson estimates put the total installed savings resulting from Smart Wireless field devices at more than $350 million, and reductions in commissioning and installation time totaling 16 man-years. The adoption of this technology has now spread to more than 120 countries and more than 10,000 separate wireless systems.
Emerson continues to expand its wireless offerings, including the recently introduced Mobile Worker: Voice and Video, a hands-free, high-definition voice and video solution that plant personnel can wear in remote field locations. Mobile Worker is designed to help process manufacturers save time and money on plant maintenance and trouble-shooting by bringing the problem to the experts rather than bringing the experts to the problem.
According to a survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, the public feels that American leadership is off-course in improving manufacturing competitiveness and that the national economy is weak and fragile.
The survey sampled a nationally representative group of 1,000 Americans in September, finding that 84 percent "strongly agree" or "agree" that the U.S. needs a more strategic approach to developing its manufacturing base. A vast majority (82 percent) support further investment into America's manufacturing industry.
Despite the public's gloomy mood, however, Deloitte's Craig Giffi points out that Americans do have faith in the nation's technology expertise and resources to help bolster the manufacturing industry.
"For example, 78 percent of respondents cited America's technological prowess as one of the key contributors to the nation's competitive advantage," he said. "Further, 75 percent cited America's research and development (R&D) capabilities as a key advantage."