Actuator Sensor Interface (AS-Interface) is an industrial networking solution that facilitates the effective communication between PLC and field devices. It provides space due to less cabling, consumes less time for installation, and is cost-effective. It also provides safety at work for the devices and systems by less cabling and specific safety devices such as safety monitors and safety switches. Furthermore, it provides real-time data, helps in monitoring and controlling the process with the help of AS-i master and slaves. The AS-Interface market is expected to reach USD 1,158.5 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.3% between 2017 and 2023. The growth of this market is propelled by the increasing demand for AS-Interface is due to its major use in process industries for safety purposes. It provides less installation cost, safer transmission of data and power, and flexible to connect with other devices such as PLCs and DCSs.
Siemens AG (Germany), Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH (Germany), Bihl+Wiedemann GmbH (Germany), Baumer Electric AG (Switzerland) and Valmet Corporation (Finland) are some of the leading players in the AS-Interface market. Some of the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in the market include product launches and developments, collaborations, and acquisitions.
Siemens AG (Germany) is one of the major players in the AS-Interface market. It provides automation and communication technologies in which AS-Interface is used in industrial communication. AS-Interface provides a powerful bus system that connects all sensors and actuators. Siemens ASI bus system is standardized with IEC 62026-2. The company adopted organic growth strategies such as product launches and developments to gain a maximum share of the AS-Interface market. In November 2015, the company developed compact input/output (I/O) modules for AS-Interface with widths of 17.5 mm and 22.5 mm. These SlimLine compact modules help to save the space in control cabinets and distributed control boxes. Furthermore, in November 2015, it expanded its product line of compact Simatic ET 200AL IO systems by including M12 modules. These provide higher channel density with more number of input/output per module. These are specifically used in larger machines where the distance between modules is huge. This development enabled the company to expand its customer base.
Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH (Germany) was the leading company in the AS-Interface in 2016. It offers a complete range of AS-Interface products such as master+gateways, power supplies, and power extenders+repeater, AS-Interface safety at work, modules, sensors+rotary encoders, and AS-Interface accessories. Pepperl has adopted organic business strategy as product launch. For instance, in November 2015, the company launched G20 motor module for AS-Interface that has a direct connection with DC roller motors and congested track scanners. It helps to reduce the time required for the assembly of cables, as it does not comprise cables. Furthermore, it has also adopted inorganic growth strategy, i.e., collaboration to expand its geographic and customer base in the market. For instance, in February 2017, it collaborated with HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH (Germany) to improve its control co-operation. The deal includes joint development of termination boards of the H system and associated modules from Pepperl+Fuchs.
Other companies involved in the development of AS-Interface include ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), Emerson Electric Co. (US), ifm electronic gmbh (Germany), Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), and Schneider Electric SE (France).
AS-Interface Market by Component (AS-I Slave, AS-I Gateway, AS-I Power Supply, AS-I Cable), Application (Material Handling, Drive Control, Building Automation), Industry, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2023
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