Process Automation in India
Maximum Potential for the Global Automation Market in Developing Countries
Under such circumstances, automating the process plants is absolutely essential to maintain the highest level of productivity, best safety standard, maximum energy efficiency and the best adherence to the compliance rules. Indian decision makers have already started realising this fact.
The Paradigm Shift: From Manual to Automation
It is wellknown that even a few years back, the process automation space was almost out of focus, especially in India. Although, internationally it is said that in India – labour cost is cheap, it is in comparison with that in developed countries. Otherwise, as per an IHS report, in 2010 itself, on the back of high inflation and a recovery in domestic demand, manufacturing labour costs in India rose by nearly 20 per cent (compared to 2009), when China trailed behind it by around 10 per cent.
Thus, the upward trend in labour cost, non-availability of trained manpower, awareness in regard to safety, zeal for becoming globally competitive offering high quality products at low cost, increasing need for monitoring and real-time visibility of the complex processes, uprising pressure for energy conservation, growing need for maximum plant capacity utilisation and ensuring process reliability, and compliance pressure today have compelled the Indian process plant decision makers to deviate from the traditional thinking, and search for possibilities of deploying latest automation technologies in their plants – A growing awareness has reached the industry, insiders believe....