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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Startups building Industrial Control Systems out of 576
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 576 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups building industrial control systems that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 571 industrial control systems solutions, get in touch.
CDP Technologies enables PC-based Control Systems
Industrial control systems utilize programmable logic controllers (PLC) for controlling and automating machines. These controllers have the processing power of a computer and the ability to withstand harsh industrial conditions but lack supervisory control. Personal computers (PC) provide higher processing speed, reduction in size, and a higher level of supervisory control. This is why startups and scaleups are developing PC-based control systems.
CDP Technologies is a Norwegian startup that converts PLC-based control systems into customized PC-based systems. The CDP Studio is a user interface (UI) editor that enables the customization of widgets and themes. These widgets enable the viewing of real-time and historical data related to the process parameters. The CDP Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment) includes a code editor and visual programming platform that gives freedom to efficiently structure and implement a PC-based control system. The solutions enable supervisors to remotely monitor and control the processes from multiple devices. The startup also has a testing and debugging system to create a robust control system.
ControlX develops Control Systems for Rugged Environments
PLC systems withstand the brunt of electromagnetic radiations, vibrations, and contamination. Moreover, the durability and flexibility of PLCs make them ideal for applications in harsh conditions. This is why startups and scaleups are developing durable PLC-based systems for rugged environments. These solutions use supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to control the PLC and record data, even from remote locations.
ControlX is an Australian startup that develops PLC-based control systems for rugged environments. The startup utilizes SCADA and other software languages to satisfy the requirements of the control system. ControlX’s design utilizes a multi-drive system, which allows to disable drives and remove them for maintenance, while the application continues operating with reduced capacity. This reduces the downtime risk and ensures optimum performance. The SCADA system also gathers and analyzes data in real-time to ensure equipment health and performance.
SAM provides Self Learning Control Systems
Since heavy industry processes are energy-intensive, even a small improvement in energy efficiency is reflected as a substantial reduction in operating costs. Pumps, machines, and systems are designed to operate in a certain way. However, often the control systems and humans operating them do not have the information or tools to maximize the performance. Startups are developing control systems that autonomously take measures to improve performance.
SAM is a US-based startup that specializes in digital control systems of all types. The design of SAM controllers uses 3DFS’ flexible and efficient computing methodology, Task-Oriented Optimal Computing. This enables the processor to extract more processing power for intense analysis of operating data to provide a control decision. The system then collects feedback data from the machines to analyze the decision results. The self-learning ability of the controllers improves performance continuously and self-reports problems. This minimizes human interactions, allowing business owners to focus on the bottom line instead of the expense line.
Joulon provides Safety Control Systems
Industrial processes operate under strict safety regulations. To ensure incident-free operation, startups develop safety control solutions. These solutions prevent the initiation or detect the onset of a hazard and take necessary action to terminate or mitigate its consequences. This helps to efficiently carry out evacuation procedures and avoid the loss of lives.
Joulon is an Indian startup that provides asset management services using control systems. The startup’s Fire and Gas Detection and Protection System (FGS) continuously monitors for fire or flammable gas accumulation. On detection, the system alerts personnel and initiates actions to minimize consequences. The human-machine interface (HMI) displays the status of all FGS detectors. The system’s automatic actions also include releasing fire-fighting systems, emergency ventilation control, stopping the flow of flammable fluids, isolating local electrical equipment, and closing watertight doors and fire doors.
Oncontrol automates Industrial Processes
The variety of machines in an industrial setup offers a huge challenge in achieving large-scale automation targets. This is why startups are developing industrial control solutions that integrate the control systems of each device or machine. This ensures the smooth flow of command, from the start to the finish.
Oncontrol is a Portuguese startup that provides advanced control solutions. The startup uses fuzzy logic, model-predictive control, and adaptive proportional integral derivative (PID) to ensure the correct control decision at each step of the process. MillExCS, the startup’s controller solution, reproduces the same control actions as the best human operator. This mimics human intelligence and adapts better and faster to new operation changes in the process. The solution, in this way, improves production count and reduces specific energy consumption.
Discover more Industry 4.0 Startups
Industry 4.0 startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on process automation, control systems for harsh environments, safety control as well as self-learning control systems. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more industrial technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Industry 4.0 Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.