As the world moves to PC-based data acquisition systems, the market for global data acquisition systems has grown significantly. Data acquisition or DAQ is a process that measures physical or electrical phenomena like sound, pressure, temperature, voltage, current etc. using a computer. A typical DAQ system consists of sensors, DAQ measurement hardware, and a computer that has programmable software.
Initially, DAQ systems were simply mechanical devices with chart recorders. However, with advancement in technology, powerful microprocessors are now used to perform complex data processing and represent the data as actionable indicators. With the emergence of the industrial internet of things (IIoT), the demand for industrial data acquisition systems has increased. According to analysts at Technavio, the global industrial data acquisition system market, which was valued at at $936.4 million in 2015, is expected to reach $1.28 billion in 2020, with a CAGR of 6.4%.
Top vendors in the Global Industrial Data Acquisition Systems Market
AMETEK Inc. is a global leader in electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. Analytical instruments, industrial battery charges, programmable power equipment, electromagnetic compatibility test equipment and sensors for gas turbine generators are some of its most sought after products. When it comes to industrial data acquisition systems, SentinelEX series analyzers is its latest offering.
Leading electronic measurement company, Keysight Technologies Inc. provides solutions in aerospace and defence, wireless communications as well as semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company also provides consulting, customization, and optimization services across the customer’s product lifecycle. PXI/AXIe/DAQ and modular solutions are its major industrial data acquisition products.
National Instrument Corp
Founded in 1976, National Instruments Corp. manufactures virtual instrumentation software and automated test equipment. Instrument control, data acquisition and machine control are some of its major applications. Its data acquisition (DAQ) solutions are used for making discoveries and decisions that depend on specific measurements.
Spectris is a UK based company that manufactures highly specialized measuring instruments and controls for technically demanding industrial applications. Its highly specialized products are known for streamlining processes, improving productivity and most of all delivering better quality. Its HBM solution provides a wide range of measurement solutions combined with the advanced DAQ systems to be used in laboratory and industrial applications.
Yokogawa Electric designs, manufactures, and sells measurement solutions, control systems, and information technologies. A Japan based company, Yokogawa is known for its data acquisition solutions which are used for measuring, recording, presenting, and analyzing of various aspects involved in the industrial data acquisition process.
DEWETRON provides data acquisition instruments and customized system solutions in all areas of R & D. Automotive, aerospace, energy & power analysis and transportation are some of the major industries the company serves. A part of the TKH group, DEWETRON manufactures state-of-the-art test and measurement instruments.
An American multinational conglomerate, HoneyWell International manufactures measurement and control products, along with software solutions and open interfaces for data access. Its circular chart recorders and paperless recorders are highly in demand data acquisition solutions.
Pentek, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company provides leading edge systems and board-level solutions for the most demanding requirements in data acquisition, digital signal processing and software radio applications through excellence and innovation. High-speed online data recording & acquisitions systems and software are some of Pentek’s other products.
Rockwell Automation provides integrated systems, industrial automation control, power, and information solutions for process manufacturing. The wide range of industries it serves includes F&B, transportation, oil and gas, metals, mining, and life sciences.
A worldwide provider of rugged, reliable data-loggers and data acquisition systems for long-term, unattended monitoring, Campbell Scientific is one of the major vendors in the industrial data acquisition market. The company’s products are used in a variety of applications related to weather, water, energy, structures, machines, and soil.