Cheshire-based process control systems supplier Yokogawa plans to double UK market share to 20% within the next three years, driven by the launch of a new PC-based controller.
The move will come on the back of a broad move by industry to embrace Windows NT-compatible PC-based control systems, a market forecasters are predicting will treble by 2002.
Priced typically from about £25,000, such systems can be a third of the price of a traditional distributed control system for a similar-sized enterprise, with most of the same functionality.
‘Our rivals are all benchmarking against each other. We’re keeping up with the fashion,’ Yokogawa systems director John Raduch said.
Yokogawa’s control system, called CS1000, will also be available through third-party systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers of factory automation systems the first time the UK supplier has taken this route.
Yokogawa UK part of the Japanese controls giant employs 220 people. Turnover in the UK is £30m.