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OPC Server Market

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  • 138 Pages
  • June 2022
  • Region: Global
  • IndustryARC
  • ID: 5631524
OPC Server Market size is forecast to reach US$3,959.69 million by 2027, after growing at a CAGR of 5.80% during 2022-2027. Open Platform Communications (OPC) is a set of industrial telecommunication standards and specifications. OPC defines the exchange of real-time plant data across control devices for different SCADA software providers. Object linking and embedding for process control is a standard interface that facilitates communications between numerous data sources including devices on a plant, oil field, factory, test system and databases. It is an industrial IOT Gateway that is commonly used in MES, ERP, PLC, MES, SCADA, and DSC systems. Mobile human machine interface based in OPC UA for the control of industrial processes. Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are computerized systems that track and document the transformation of raw materials into finished commodities in the manufacturing process. One of the major factors driving the growth of the OPC server market is growing prevalence of smart factory and emergence of Industrial robots. OPC UA technology-based server will be used as a key industrial standard for connecting OT (Operational Technology) and IT (Information Technology) in smart factories. Also, the increasing growth of the automotive industry with rising investments and developments, is one of the primary reasons behind the upliftment of the OPC server market. For instance, Ford invested 230 million pounds (US$316 million) to build electric car components at its Halewood factory in northern England. The plant will produce around 250,000 power units a year from mid-2024, the first European in-house location to make electric vehicle parts for Ford, which has pledged that its car line-up for the continent will be all-electric by 2030.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID 19 outbreak has impacted the development of the OPC server market in 2022 owing to the lockdown measure in various region such as Asia-Pacific, North America and others. The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the world into an economic crisis vastly different from any in recent memory. The dual health and economic crisis were experienced in 2022, which will require more than monetary policy in the long term. Due to the imposition of lockdowns across different countries, companies are facing severe cash flow issues. The manufacturing sector was halted and there was disruptions in the supply chain logistics worldwide owing to the outbreak of COVID-19. Besides, OECD data shows that global GDP decreased by 4.2% in 2022, while it is expected to increase by the same amount in 2022. By late 2022, the global economy has returned to pre-coronavirus levels, but this will be an uneven process across different countries.

Key Takeaways

  • Europe dominates the OPC Server Market owing to rapid increase in manufacturing and automotive sector
  • Growing prevalence of smart factory and emergence of Industrial robots are set to drive the market growth
  • The high operating cost of OPC server might hamper the market growth

OPC Server Market Segment Analysis - By Application

OPS Server market for machine-to- machine communication was valued at $858.99 m in 2022 and is estimated to grow at around a CAGR of 4.34% during 2022-2027. M2M or Machine to Machine communication is a new technology in recent times that has become increasingly important in Industry 4.0 context. M2M allows two devices to exchange information with each other without need for human intervention. The demand for Open Platform Communications (OPC) as an interoperability standard that allows multiple manufacturers to securely exchange industrial automation data for managing various devices with in-plant between sensors, field devices, controllers, and applications on the shop floor, as well as between the OT and enterprise IT (Cloud) systems is driving the growth of the OPC server for M2M Communications.

OPC Server Market Segment Analysis - By Geography

Europe region held the US$1,240.88 million share in the OPC Server Market and growing at CAGR of 4.92%% in 2022-2027. The growth of the OPC server market in the region is majorly attributed to the increasing adoption of the latest technology across the industry verticals to enhance performance as well as the exponential demand for real-time data analysis across these geographies. Manufacturers across the U.K have begun integrating sensors for collecting real-time data, and also, adopting machine-to-machine communication protocol for achieving seamless industrial automation. OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is one of the platforms that is developed to offer simplified industrial connectivity for enabling end users to manage asset management, device diagnostics, monitoring, reporting and various other applications. In March 2022, a global leader in energy management, digital transformation and automation, Schneider announced that the company’s Le Vaudreuil smart factory in France has recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Sustainability Lighthouse. The Le Vaudreuil factory of France is completely integrated with IIoT sensors and other connected digital platforms for greater sustainability outcomes, and also, enabled optimized energy management to lower CO2 emissions by 25%, eliminate power use by 25%, and cut material waste by 17%. Such IIoT solutions to empower smart factory trend across the region is observed to drive the market growth in the forecasting period forecast period 2022-2027.

OPC Server Market Drivers

Growing prevalence of smart factory spurs the demand

The growing prevalence of smart factory increases the need for effective industrial communication standard to connect its technologies is set to propel the growth of the OPC Server market in coming years. OPC UA technology-based server will be used as a key industrial standard for connecting OT (Operational Technology) and IT (Information Technology) in smart factories. In June 2019, the government of the Republic of Korea announced the vision of “Manufacturing Renaissance: Made in Korea” to make the world’s four major manufacturing powers leap through manufacturing revival. To achieve the Manufacturing Renaissance Vision, Korea aims to accelerate innovation in industrial infrastructure through digitalization, eco-friendliness and an overall convergence of the manufacturing industry. Korea plans to spread smart factory technologies to SME companies in cooperation with domestic and foreign solution by providing efficient protocol interoperability that enables seamless Industrial IoT services which in turn creates the demand for OPC U/A server. OPC Server supports incredible scalability to allow flexible communication of various manufacturing facilities and it has relieved software developers from the burden of dealing with numerous vendor-specific protocols by providing a single, and standardized communication method.

Emergence of Industrial robots are set to drive the market growth forward

The emergence of Industrial robots requires secure, standardized exchange of data and information between its integrated robot systems and their components to provide a comparison of the statuses and parameters over many installed systems and allows for the identification of anomalies which in turn is set to propel the growth of the OPC Server market in coming years. Additionally, the increasing demand for unified interface standard for robots to address asset management and condition monitoring is driving the growth of the OPC U/A server market. In 2019, VDMA, the Germany-based Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, launched the OPC Robotics Companion Specification that covers asset management and condition monitoring to enables organizations to surface information on the operational status of their robot systems, down to the individual component level. Companies can monitor the condition of their robot systems against given parameters such as motor temperature, load or time cycle. This information collected can be integrated into applications pertaining to use cases such as predictive maintenance, thus helping manufacturers to plan maintenance, thus mitigating expensive production downtime.

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High Operating cost of OPC Server

Though OPC servers have made a significant impact to industrial software interoperability, high cost of OPC Server coupled with operational complexities have become a prime concern for every organization which acts as a major challenge restraining the market growth of OPC Server market. Since operational budget is the most important factor considered while organizations investing in advanced tools & technologies, cost of suitable OPC Server associated with maintaining & training employees on its utilization, slows down its market growth. When OPC UA is fully implemented it becomes very expensive and heavy. The architecture requires embedding an OPC UA server into products increases the cost and time-to-market, increases the footprint size, CPU utilization, development costs and ongoing support costs. In addition, OPC applications tend to have hidden latency costs impacting factory productivity. This cost is often represented by thousands of downtime minutes behind data polling time. Moreover, the price of implementing OPC Server is a major concern for Small & medium sized businesses as the average price of OPC Server is around $1,500 annually. Small & Medium sized businesses face strict budget constraints and resources, thus hampering its adoptability. Furthermore, implementation of OPC server is quite a complicated process as new devices must be configured and connected rather than auto-discovered which can be another factor for hampering the market growth.

OPC Server Industry Outlook

Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the OPC Server Market. OPC Server Market top 10 companies include:
  • White Room Automation
  • Prosys
  • Emerson Electric Company
  • Prosoft Technology
  • Ascolab GmbH
  • Advosol
  • Matrikon
  • Takebishi
  • Kepware

Recent Development

  • In May 2022, Prosys OPC Ltd launched a new version 5.2.2 of Prosys OPC UA Simulation Server which include support for setting a constant value to standard structures and enumerations. The new version improves the support and fault tolerance for NodeSet import in special cases such as Siemens S7 PLC information models. This new version featuring security improvements, bug fixes and a wider support for model import in different scenarios
  • In July 2022, ICONICS released version 6.3.0 of Takebishi DeviceXPlorer OPC Server. This leading OPC server software suite that provides connectivity with control devices in manufacturing, factory automation, and operations environments with equipment such as PLCs, machine tools, and robots. It provides communication functions with multiple devices via a variety of network technology and helps to bridge data to various applications.
  • In March 2022, Advosol SE released Classic OPC Historian .NET Server Toolkit V6. Net version for industrial communication purposes.

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Table of Contents

1. OPC Server Market- Market Overview
1.1 Definitions and Scope
2. OPC Server Market- Executive Summary
2.1 Key Trends by Offering Type
2.2 Key Trends by Application
2.3 Key Trends by Industry Vertical
2.4 Key Trends by Functionality
2.5 Key Trends by Geography
3. OPC Server Market- Comparative analysis
3.1 Market Share Analysis- Major Companies
3.2 Product Benchmarking- Major Companies
3.3 Top 5 Financials Analysis
3.4 Patent Analysis- Major Companies
3.5 Pricing Analysis (ASPs will be provided)
4. OPC Server Market- Market Forces
4.1 Market Drivers
4.2 Market Constraints
4.3 Porters Five Force Model
4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2 Bargaining Powers of Buyers
4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4 Competitive Rivalry
4.3.5 Threat of Substitutes
5. OPC Server Market- Strategic Analysis
5.1 Value/Supply Chain Analysis
5.2 Opportunity Analysis
5.3 Product/Market Life Cycle
5.4 Distributor Analysis - Major Companies
6. OPC Server Market- By Offering Type Type (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
6.1 Software
6.2 IIoT Gateway
7. OPC Server Market- By Application (Market Size-US$ Million/Billion)
7.1 Machine-to-Machine Communication (M2M)
7.2 Asset Management
7.3 Device Diagnostics & Monitoring
7.4 Industrial Robotic Systems
7.5 Process & Quality Control
7.6 Condition Monitoring
7.7 Others
8. OPC Server Market- By Application (Market Size-US$ Million/Billion)
8.1 Oil & Gas
8.2 Food & Beverages
8.3 Power
8.4 Automotive
8.5 General manufacturing
8.6 Electronics & Semiconductor
8.7 Utilities
8.8 Transportation & logistics
8.9 Chemical
8.10 Pharmaceutical
8.11 Aerospace & Defense
8.12 Others
9. OPC Server Market- By Functionality (Market Size-US$ Million/Billion)
9.1 Single Server - Single Client
9.2 OPC Aggregation
9.3 OPC Bridging
9.4 OPC Tunneling
10. OPC Server Market- Entropy
10.1 New Product Launches
10.2 M&As, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships
11. OPC Server MarketCompany Analysis - Business Overview, Product Portfolio, Financials, and Developments
11.1 White Room Automation
11.2 Prosys
11.3 Emerson Electric Company
11.4 Prosoft Technology
11.6 Ascolab GmbH
11.7 Advosol
11.8 Matrikon
11.9 Takebishi
11.10 Kepware
11.11 Softing
11.12 Roboticsware
11.13 Siemens AG
11.14 Unified Automation
11.15 Cogent Real- Time Systems Inc. (Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc)
11.16 Utthunga Technologies
11.17 Automated Solutions
11.18 Advantech
11.19 IBH Softec
11.20 Software Toolbox