Food Engineering

Wireless looks for home in European factory automation

April 3, 2009

Is wireless ready for primetime?

The need for real-time data, workforce mobility, easy installation and commissioning are key drivers for wireless adoption across discrete industries (e.g., food and beverage, plastics) in Europe, according to a study from Frost & Sullivan. Despite potential reliability, security and interoperability concerns, the wireless market is expected to grow from $75.2 million in 2008 to $132.8 million in 2012 in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, according to the study, Wireless Devices Market in Factory Automation.

Technical issues such as signal mismatch, data loss, electromagnetic induction and disturbances from existing networks are wireless concerns. In addition, the study found the conservative mindset of the food and beverage and plastics industries is a hindrance to market growth.

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