The Chemical industry is the most diverse industry.
Verticaly chemicals have been categorised into
three sub-segments, viz. Basic, Specialty and
Knowledge. The Basic segment comprises of inorganic
& organic chemicals, where the focus on automation
is to drive volumes, cost reduction and environmental
compliance. The Specialty segment comprises of dyes
& pigments, paints, adhesives, additives, lubricants etc.
In this the level of automation is currently low, and is
driven by quality and reliability.
The Knowledge segment comprises of pharmaceuticals
and agrochemicals where automation is
primarily driven by regulatory compliance. The level
of automation across the various segments in Chemical
industries varies widely. Petrochemicals (Basic), Paints
(Specialty), Pharmaceuticals (Knowledge) etc, are
usually automated at the field measurement and plant
control system levels. The integration of business
processes and manufacturing processes is an area of and lifecycle costs on assets is a threat to the sector,
as is statutory requirements around safety and
There are challenges faced by the automation
industry players such as difficulty to reach-out due
to the fragmented nature of the chemicals industry
and adoption and sustenance of automation by end
users. Hence fragmented businesses or industry, and
low technology awareness affecting decision making
towards adopting new technology keeps the Indian
manufactures off from adopting new technologies.
Since Indian manufacturers keep off from
adopting new technologies, there are many
trends that are yet to enter the Indian market like
collaborative work environment across different
functions in the manufacturing operations, viz.
Production, Engineering, Maintenance, Supply
chain etc, optimising energy footprint and remote
monitoring and guidance for plant assets.