The IO module is a mediator between the controller and an external device. It monitors information exchange between peripheral devices. The importance of safety IO devices arose from the dire need for efficient and reliable infrastructure in the hazardous environments. The IO devices are being used in the industry for optimizing the automation process. These modules also decrease the installation time and expense, as they are an integral part of the IO control system, and hence, reduces the need for third-party relays and mapping equipment.
The increasing demand for the safety io modules is a direct consequence of the increase in number of hazardous areas. Rising frequency of accidents in these hazardous areas has led to the establishment of industrial regulatory standards, which drove the demand for safety infrastructure in the market, thereby, steering the market growth. On the contrary, lack of awareness about the robust and reliable IO modules has been a challenge hindering the market growth in the recent past.
Increasing Demand of Safety IO Modules in Automotive Industry
The automotive industry is one of the fastest growing consumers of safety IO modules. With growing demand for automobiles across the world, companies are pushing towards automated systems to increase productivity of the existing plants. Many automotive manufacturers are either establishing new manufacturing infrastructure across the world or moving the processes in automotive manufacturing, from manual labor to robotic machinery. Thus, with the increase in number of industrial robots and automation, there is a need for interfacing these systems with centralized controllers. The automotive industry is thus deploying IO modules, for monitoring, data collecting, and controlling these systems.
The automotive industry is experiencing a paradigm shift with increasing integration of technology. The autonomous car technology is rapidly advancing with companies investing heavily in this technology. The demand for electric cars is also growing, with companies introducing affordable electric vehicles. This is expected to result in higher demand for automobiles, pushing companies to up their manufacturing capabilities, and establish plants in local markets. Thus, the demand for machinery is expected to grow in the coming years. As safety IO models offer increased reliability and safety without compromising on the operational efficiency, the industry is moving towards safety IO systems. Thus, the automotive industry is expected to be the fastest growing market for safety IO modules, during the forecast period.
Reduced Hardware and Wiring Costs
The global safety IO modules neither require plugs for connecting to the power supply nor cumbersome self-assembled field bus connectors. These modules can be installed in the control cabinet, right where the signals are actually needed. This will reduce the usage of wires, while installing the modules. Moreover, almost any combination of module is possible; the number of inputs/outputs can be matched to suit the task in hand. At times when modules need to be replaced, the front connector can be re-utilized in its fully-wired state for the new module of the same type. The cost, thus saved, can be utilized in other areas.
Key Developments in the Market
- April 2017 - Murrelektronik launched Heavy-Duty All-purpose Connectors to ensure the reliable transmission of signals, power, data, and pneumatics, even in the toughest industrial environment
- January 2017 - ABB developed input/output (I/O) systems, which enable devices to be wired to the nearest cabinet, instead of being wired directly to the controller, leading a complex cabling design work
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1.1 Scope of the Study
1.2 Executive Summary
2. Research Approach and Methodology
2.1 Key Deliverables of the Study
2.2 Study Assumptions
2.3 Analysis Methodology
2.4 Research Phases
3. Market Insights
3.1 Market Overview
3.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
3.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.2.4 Threat of Substitutes
3.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Factors Driving the Market
4.2.1 Demand for Faster Start-up Machine Time
4.2.2 Reduced Hardware and Wiring Costs
4.2.3 Miniaturization and Variable Designs
4.3 Factors Restraining the Market
4.3.1 Complexity of Standards
4.3.2 Lack of Awareness
5. Global Safety IO Modules Market Segmentation
5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Analog Modules
5.1.2 Digital Modules
5.2 By Ratings
5.2.1 IP 20
5.2.2 IP 67
5.3 By End-user Application
5.3.4 Energy and Power
5.4 By Region
5.4.1 North America
5.4.4 Rest of the World
6. Competitive Intelligence - Company Profiles
6.1 ABB Ltd.
6.2 Bihl+Wiedemann GmbH
6.3 Siemens AG
6.4 Lumberg Automation
6.5 Rockwell Automation Inc.
6.7 Schneider Electric
6.8 Parmley Graham Ltd.
6.9 Honeywell International, Inc.
6.10 Advantech Co., Ltd.
6.11 Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
7. Investment Analysis
8. Future Outlook of Safety IO Modules Market
- ABB Ltd.
- Bihl+Wiedemann GmbH
- Siemens AG
- Lumberg Automation
- Rockwell Automation Inc.
- Schneider Electric
- Parmley Graham Ltd.
- Honeywell International Inc.
- Advantech Co. LTD.
- Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG