In its new study “The World Market for Industrial Ethernet & Fieldbus Technologies – 2013 Edition,” IMS Research confirms PROFINET a leading position, with a market share of 30%, among the globally established Industrial Ethernet solutions. The study describes the solution promoted by PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) as a comprehensive Industrial Ethernet solution that covers all areas up to and including high-performance drives.
Besides PROFINET the leading group includes Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP/IP. Together, this group covers more than three-quarters of the market. The EtherCAT and Powerlink variants, which focus mainly on drive technology, have a market share of 7% and 9%, respectively, according to the study (see graphic).
Among the three leaders, PROFINET has proven to be at the top in terms of future outlook. IMS Research forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +16.9% for PROFINET (compared to +14.8% for EtherNet/IP and 15.9% for Modbus TCP).
The development of PROFIsafe has proven to be especially positive. With an increase of newly installed nodes in the field of 50%, one in ten new PROFIBUS or PROFINET devices is currently equipped with PROFIsafe. According to IMS, the market share of PROFIsafe is 41%. This places PROFIsafe clearly in the number 1 spot among safety-related communication profiles.
Graphic 1: With a market share of 30%, PROFINET is one of the leading Industrial Ethernet
Graphic 2: With a 41% market share, PROFIsafe is clearly a step ahead of the other safety protocols.