Chromalox survey projects more control systems with built-in diagnostics, predictive maintenance

Most active users of temperature and power control systems are planning to integrate digital control systems that include built-in diagnostic and predictive maintenance functions along with remote PC access, according to 150 respondents to Chromalox's annual market trend study.

04/01/2005


Most active users of temperature and power control systems are planning to integrate digital control systems that include built-in diagnostic and predictive maintenance functions along with remote PC access, according to 150 respondents to Chromalox's annual market trend study. Chromalox manufactures industrial heat and control systems.

Respondents expect to enhance their control systems by adding predictive maintenance and equipment diagnostic functions to help manage process-related information. Only 5% of those surveyed currently have temperature control systems that include diagnostic or predictive maintenance capabilities, but 75% expect to have these capabilities within two years, which indicates strong demand for more intelligent temperature control systems, according to Chromalox.

Nearly 30% of those surveyed presently have some remote equipment monitoring technology, and another 20% expect to add remote control technology in 2005. Meanwhile, 75% of respondents said they expect to have remote control systems in place within two years. That percentage is up from 50% in last year's survey. While wireless technology is being used in only 17% of manufacturing facilities surveyed, that number is expected to double in two years.

When asked, "What is the biggest challenge you face in your job for 2005," 35% of respondents reported budget constraints and 33% reported increased productivity goals. While only 20% expect a decreased budget in 2005 (compared to 27% last year), 45% have an increased budget for 2005, and 35% have the same budget as last year. Staffing levels are expected to remain flat or increase this year, with 50% claiming no change, and 40% planning to increase staff.





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