October 2006

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Wireless technology used in manufacturing to grow 26%/year

Wireless technology, now the networking backbone in homes and offices worldwide, is about to see widespread adoption where it could have its most "profound impact": on the plant floor and out in the f..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Wireless technology, now the networking backbone in homes and offices worldwide, is about to see widespread adoption where it could have its most "profound impact": on the plant floor and out in the field. So says a new study from ARC Advisory Group (www.arcweb.com). The worldwide market for wireless technology in manufacturing is expected to grow an average 26%/yr over the next five years. The market was $325.7 million in 2005 and is forecast to be over $1 billion in 2010. A number of important factors make wireless the key emerging technology in manufacturing automation. "Manufacturers recognize that wireless can offer cost reductions. More importantly, they see wireless technologies a

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