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Results of the change survey 2011

Integrated drive technologies in the focus

The focus on integrated technologies in the control technology continues also in the drive technology this year.

Change willingness declined

March 28th, 2011 - With 31% nearly each third investigated machine-builders is intending to change the drive technology at the machines this year. This value is noticeably below that of the previous year with 41%.

The focus of the changes

The changes of the electronic drive technology in the machinery industry 2011

The changes of the drive technology show the same focus as in 2010 and even 2009. These changes are and had been:

  • Integrated safety engineering at drives substitutes conventional safety engineering
  • Servo drives substitute frequency converters
  • Integrated drives (converter in the motor or installed near the motor) substitute non-integrated drives.


64% of the denominations of the machine-builders, who are considering changing the drive technology, cover these three emphases.

Unified change to integrated technologies

Last year we called these similar results fine-tuning. However, the context is different this year consisting of the emphasis of integrated technologies. To the three changes of the drive technology are in common the changes to integrated technologies. And this is the topic of the change in the control technology at the same time.


The change in the automation technology according to the planning of the machine-builders in this year prefers integrated technologies in the drive and control technology to a limited extent.

Strong loyalty to the current supplier

With 66% two thirds of the change-willing machine-builders are intending to change to integrated technologies together with the current drive supplier.

Representative results

38% of the approximately 650 machine-builders with 100 and more employees in the 10 automation-relevant sectors called their planning to Quest TechnoMarketing at the beginning of this year.


The results concentrated to trends by Quest TechnoMarketing are published in the study „What the machine-builders want to change in the automation technology 2011“. This study is to support also the automation manufacturers to match the technological changes in the machinery industry in time and purposefully.


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