Shrinking Workforce Boosts Demand for Management Software

Plant assest management systems market will gorw 11% by 2011.

The plant asset management systems market is expected to grow nearly 11% by 2011 thanks to an expected shortage of process engineers and technicians, according to an ARC Advisory Group study. Over the next five years, the process industry will turn toward these automated systems to maximize plant resources with fewer people as skilled maintenance personnel retire.

Manufacturers can look forward to plant asset management (PAM) systems at a lower cost that include enabling features such as wireless technology, open communications and system integration. "PAM system growth will exceed that of intelligent field devices and will drive automation investments as users experience the value PAM solutions bring to their operations," says Wil Chin, ARC research director.

The State(s) of Manufacturing:
By The Numbers

According to the Census Bureau in 2004...

22.1% of all workers 55 and older in Arkansas were employed
in manufacturing

1,358 of workers 55 and over who lost jobs in Iowa were employed in manufacturing, the largest loss by any sector

22.7% of workers 55 and older employed in Indiana's metropolitan areas worked in manufacturing

ARC forecasts the PAM market will grow faster in developing countries than in North America because of the need for new plants along with a large installed base of assets and a more receptive attitude toward the technology. The growth of greenfield process plants in Asia should also spur demand for PAM systems in that region.

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