Industrial control users have a growing need for digital control systems that have built-in intelligence to manage information related to their process or application, according to survey results released by Pittsburgh-based Chromalox.

Eighty percent of those surveyed expect to be using digital control systems (DCS) in two years, up from the current number of 65 percent. In addition, half of all users expect to be using advanced diagnostic capabilities with remote PC access within two years, up from the current number of one-third currently using remote access.

Chromalox conducted the anonymous survey of active users of temperature and power control systems, which was distributed to 1,300 users in a range of process and manufacturing industries. Respondents were most commonly in engineering management or engineering technical staff positions. The 100 responses received represent an 8 percent response rate.