With the advancement of technologies like robotics, IoT, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, more and more companies are deploying automation methods in all types of industries ranging from healthcare to aerospace. Some of these include control systems like computers and robots for handling different processes. This acceleration in deploying automation technologies is validated by a report that says the global industrial automation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 7.2 per cent during the forecast period 2019 to 2026 and reach a valuation of around $287.9 billion by 2026.
India is at the forefront of this and has seen some of the biggest names working in the automation space at a large scale set up base here and utilise the country’s potential. Let us look at a few such global giants that dominate the industrial automation market in India.
One of the biggest names in the industrial automation sector globally is General Electric (GE). It has become a leader in India as well, with its humongous footprint and reach. After entering the country in 1902, it has actively worked in areas such as aviation, power, renewable energy and healthcare. Currently, it has a multi-modal facility in Pune and 14 other manufacturing facilities and technology centres in Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Noida and Hyderabad. Its John F. Welch Technology Center in Bengaluru is the largest integrated multidisciplinary research and development centre outside the US.
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Larsen and Toubro
Headquartered in India, Larsen & Toubro Ltd has an interest in engineering, construction, manufacturing, technology and financial services. At the moment, the L&T Group has 118 subsidiaries, 6 associates, 25 joint-venture and 35 joint operations companies. It works in the areas of operation across basic and heavy engineering, construction, realty, manufacturing of capital goods, information technology, and financial services. Its segment L&T Electrical & Automation (E&A), offers a range of products, solutions and turnkey services for electricity distribution and control across utilities, buildings, residences and agriculture.
Rockwell Automation, a global leader headquartered in Milwaukee, delivers industrial automation and control through their control systems, motor control, and smart devices portfolios. Presently, it employs over 23,000 people and has customers in more than 100 countries globally. It says that these three platforms are designed to build the most efficient industrial automation system for customer needs. Rockwell Automation is known for offering scalable, future-proof solutions built on contemporary technologies to build a secure infrastructure with impactful results.
ABB is a global leader in the industrial automation space. It delivers solutions by connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio and pushes the innovation boundaries. Currently, it employs 110,000 people in over 100 countries. The company says that the goal of their automation technology is to build items for instrumentation, robotisation, and streamlining of different operational cycles in all the major industries.
French multinational company Schneider Electric provides energy and digital automation solutions for efficiency and sustainability in homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure and industries. It deploys real-time automation, software and services, and offers programmable transfers to movement regulators and interface modules for applications. These range from simple machines to complex handling frameworks. From medium voltage switchgear and transformers to energy automation, the company delivers specific solutions for utilities, oil and gas, mining, data centres, and critical buildings, covering all power distribution needs for energy management.
Titan Engineering & Automation Limited
The Titan Company Limited (Titan) was formed as a joint venture between the TATA Group and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) way back in 1984. Titan Engineering & Automation Limited (TEAL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Titan Company Limited. It was initially dedicated to high precision component manufacturing and designing and manufacturing automation machines. The company has now evolved and has machine building and automation and component manufacturing businesses providing to global markets.
The aerospace and defence division builds precision components and sub-assemblies with investments of over USD 20 million and a facility in Muduganapalli, Hosur. It provides solutions such as engine and accessories, aero systems, transmission, landing systems, underwater systems, optronics, missiles, and UAVs. TEAL Automation Solutions, another segment, provides solutions like specific turnkey assembly and testing solutions for automotive, electrical and electronics, medical devices, consumer packaged goods, etc.