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ARC says HMI software sales to reach $1.4 billion in 2012

ARC says HMI software sales to reach $1.4 billion in 2012
August 7, 2008 - The worldwide Human Machine Interface (HMI) software and services market, which totaled over $926 million in 2007, will reach over $1,430 billion in 2012, outperforming the industrial automation market overall and growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 9.1% over the next five years, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.

HMI software suppliers had their best regional development in Asia. However, North America and EMEA also experienced strong growth. The market growth was led by services and supervisory software. “HMI software suppliers are continuing to add services at an accelerated rate, driven by the end users’ and OEMs’ need for technical support, because manufacturers no longer have the personnel internally to provide the services,” according to ARC Research Director Craig Resnick, the principal author of ARC’s “Human Machine Interface Software Worldwide Outlook.” “Also, Supervisory HMI software, which is used to support HMI software functionality, such as configuration, runtime, connectivity, control, and alarm management, had the fastest growth of any HMI software type. Growth in this segment indicates how HMI software suppliers are expanding their application space and it represents the direction that the HMI software market is heading over the next five years.”

HMI Software Grows Along with the Process Industries
The common denominator for growth was the use of HMI software solutions tied to the increased use of PACs in the process and hybrid industries, led by oil & gas, water & wastewater, mining & metals, and electric power. The food & beverage industry maintains its leading industry position as the largest HMI software market. Windows XP was the fastest growing operating system in terms of revenue. However, Windows CE was the fastest growing operating system in terms of units.

PACs in Process Propel HMI Software Market Growth
PLC-based PACs and DCS-based PACs are being deployed at an increasing rate in the fast growing process industries and each of these PACs requires HMI software to best leverage their capabilities. Automation equipment, including PLC-based PACs equipped with HMI software, play an important role in sustainability initiatives as they help satisfy many “green” demands, including the visualization and control of AC drives, which saves energy. HMI software is used as digital dash-boards to show Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), such as Dynamic OEE for the entire enterprise and generates reports of actual performance versus targets. Overall operational performance is affected by maximizing the visualization of the HMI software through leveraging technology, such as 64-bit computing and operating systems designed for this hardware, such as Microsoft Vista or Server 2008.

Asia, Latin America, Windows CE Offer Strong Future
ARC predicts that the Asia and Latin America HMI software markets will be the fastest growing areas. North America and EMEA will be growing at a considerably slower rate. ARC believes that a significant amount of HMI software adoption has already taken place in these mature markets, especially in the North American and Western Europe automotive industries. Window Vista and Windows CE will be the fastest growing operating system in terms of units. This growth will be due to Windows CE continuing to replace proprietary software embedded in devices and Windows Vista overtaking Windows XP by the end of the forecast period.

About ARC: Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group has grown to become the Thought Leader in Manufacturing and Supply Chain solutions. No matter how complex your business issues, our analysts have the expert industry knowledge and first-hand experience to help you find the best answer. We focus on simple yet critical goals: improving your return on assets, operational performance, total cost of ownership, project time-to-benefit, and shareholder value.

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