The I/O Link market revenue totaled ~US$ 5,142.0 Mn in 2021. The I/O Link market is projected to surpass ~US$ 12,285.9 Mn by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 15.8% for 2022 – 27.

The I/O Link market is around 15% of the industrial communication market. I/O Link have the ability to support all fieldbus protocols. In the I/O link protocol, data is transmitted from field level sensors, actuators and I/O link master device through Ethernet communication system or fieldbus to control level devices.

The industry 4.0 revolution is rapidly changing industrial production capabilities. The rising adaptation of I/O link devices for reducing cost of build, reduction in network nodes, and for improving process efficiency and machine availability.

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I/O Links Market – Primary Takeaways

  • Assembly automation applications are witnessing strong growth particularly in the manufacturing and automotive sector.
  • I/O link for hybrid industry process are gaining strong traction driven by superior scope of functionality in industry 4.0 settings.
  • Asia Pacific is generating strong demand for I/O links owing to major manufacturing hubs in India, China, South Korea, and Japan.

I/O Links Market – Growth Factors

  • Support capabilities for high level ethernet and fieldbus protocols drives adoptions rates.
  • Low production costs and superior energy efficiency in operations support market growth.

I/O Links Market – Major Constraints

  • Limitations in motion control applications limit use of I/O links to select industries.
  • Lack of international standardization for I/O link specifications is a major challenge for market players.

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The Projected Impact of Coronavirus

The complete impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the I/O links market is not clear as yet. The manufacturing process continues to be largely manual, which in turn hints at a slower market recovery, as workers are less inclined to operate in environments which contribute to health risks. Also, China is going through a second wave of coronavirus cases, which will hurt market prospects in the months ahead. Alternative sourcing and government bailouts are expected to be important for the industry throughout the crisis period.

Competition Landscape

The I/O Links market comprises players including but not limited to ifm electronic FZC, Leuze electronic GmbH, Balluff GmbH, SICK AG, Siemens AG, OMRON Corp., Hans TURCK GmbH, Pepperl + Fuchs, Banner Engineering, and Rockwell Automation Inc.

Participants in the I/O Links market are primarily interested in research and development initiatives to for product innovations and launches to boost product portfolios and scope of functionality.

For instance, Balluff GmbH has revealed a new smart level sensor with I/O link for high conductive fluid applications. Hans Turck GmbH has unveiled an IP67 I/O module for integration into process automation applications. Also, SMC Corporation of America has announced the launch of a wireless I/O link master for remote motion control settings.

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Key Segments

By Component

  • I/O-Link Devices
  • I/O-Link Masters

By Vertical

  • Semiconductor and Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Others

By Application

  • Handling Assembly Automation
  • Intralogistics
  • Machine Tools
  • Packaging

More About the Study

The FMI study provides detailed insights on I/O Links market. The market is broken down in terms of component (I/O link devices and I/O link masters), vertical (semiconductor and electronics, automotive, medical, and others), and application (handling assembly automation, intralogistics, machine tools, and packaging), across six key regions (North America, Latin America, Europe, APEJ, Japan, and MEA).

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