Machine Control System is Gaining Momentum Across Industries at Steady Pace

by Suchita Gupta

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In the era of digitalization, automation is rapidly penetrating various sectors, including machine control systems. Machine control system is indeed a remarkable development for the construction industry that can manage, supervise, direct, or monitor the behavior of other machines or devices with an aim to offer an efficient and accurate work in construction, grading, or other applications. It determines a machine’s current position on the earth by using data from satellites or total stations and 3D models.

Today, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is a big push for machine control systems. It helps the system adapt to new terrain so that it can be applied in real-time. Furthermore, AI enables these systems to detect machinery faults, avoiding additional repair costs.  On the contrary, operators are willing to incorporate real-time data into their systems. This has enhanced the implementation of machine learning in machine control systems to expand the capabilities of different types of heavy equipment, thereby delivering a greater quality finished product in a shorter period.  

According to a report published by Allied Market Research, the global machine control system market size is projected to reach $12.2 billion with a significant CAGR from 2023 to 2032. There is a surge in huge construction projects across the globe, owing to increased urbanization, which has propelled the demand for machine control systems to a great extent. Factors such as rise in demand for safety concern associated with workers and heavy construction machinery and increase in demand for 3D modeling and scanning across industries are paving the way for lucrative opportunities for the growth of the market.

Also the fact that machine control systems are equipped with cutting edge technologies, they have created the way for a wide range of groundbreaking applications. In agriculture, machine control systems have ushered in the era of precision farming, which not only helps in increasing yields but also reduces resource wastage significantly. In healthcare domain, these top-notch systems can help surgeons perform complex procedures with unparalleled precision using robotic arms controlled by advanced software. Additionally, machine control systems can be used for environmental monitoring, aiding conservation efforts and disaster response. All these determinants have played a crucial role in expanding the growth of the machine control systems market.  

North America is currently dominating the market with the highest market share. At the same time, emerging economies such as India, China, Japan, & South Korea are growing immensely during the forecasted period, owing to increased urbanization and a surge in investment by prime players in manufacturing industries for small, medium, and large manufacturers in urban and rural areas.

With this drift on board, the key market players of the machine control system industry are aiming to stay competitive in the market by adopting an array of business strategies including new product launch, partnerships, collaborations, acquisitions, joint ventures, and business expansion. For instance, Topcon launched its MC-Max machine control solution in 2021 which is driven by its MC-X machine control platform and sponsored by the company’s real time, cloud-based data management ecosystem i.e. Sitelink3D. The same company had also announced its MC-Mobile portable machine control solution that provides the user with competitive performance benefits of complete machine control guidance solutions for compact equipment such as compact track loaders (CTL), compact excavators, and skid steers.

One more noteworthy example of new product launches is the introduction of Leica iCON site excavator by Leica Geosystems, a leading manufacturer of machine control systems. Leica iCON is a compact excavator that is ideal for carrying out designs easily and accurately within a limited space.  Similarly, Mitsubishi Electric India, an electrical & electronic equipment company, came up with a new series of Computerized Numerical Controllers (CNCs) control systems, namely, M800V & M80V, to revolutionize smart manufacturing in India. In the meantime, Eos Positioning Systems, Inc., launched its Galileo High-Accuracy (HAS) which enables users to achieve better than 20 cm real time accuracy with 95% confidence anywhere in the world.  

Here, it is worth mentioning that the machine control system market is rising exponentially because of swift urbanization and the growing infrastructure activities across many developing nations worldwide.  In addition, the rising need to provide optimum safety to workers during construction activities is a key factor that can accelerate the use of machine control systems at a greater pace.