Distributed Control Systems

ABB no.1 global market leader in Distributed Control Systems


Analyst report on DCS in 2023 confirms ABB global market leadership for 24th consecutive year.  

Since its introduction more than four decades ago, the distributed control system (DCS) – a digital platform for automated control and operation of plants and processes has sat at the heart of process and energy industries. As industry undergoes digital transformation, the DCS continues to be key to ensuring safe, efficient and reliable operations, enabling the collection of valuable data and analytics for realtime insights.

The ARC Advisory Group market report covering the period 2022 shows that ABB’s DCS has maintained a leading position in a market worth more than $17 billion












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DCS – the brain of industrial operations

For more than a century, automation systems have been central to enabling the operation of industries that provide the basic building blocks of our everyday lives – energy, power, water, metals, minerals, chemicals, and transportation.
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Enabling innovation while preserving continuity

For more than 40  years, ABB has built and maintains a leadership position in the Distributed Control System (DCS) market by preserving its customers’ capital investments while providing new capabilities. The control system of tomorrow will accelerate innovation on behalf of producers for decades to come

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Distributed Control Systems in numbers





24 years

Consecutive years ABB has led the global distributed control systems (DCS) market.





35 000

ABB distributed control systems (DCS) installed - across more than 100 countries.





100 000

Workstations connected to ABB distributed control systems (DCS) worldwide.





100 000 000

Input/output points connected to ABB distributed control systems (DCS) at customer sites worldwide.






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