Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Simulator Market: Introduction

Hardware in the loop (HIL) simulators refer to a technique which is used in the testing and development of complex real-time embedded systems. Hardware in the loop enables simulation which can replace the physical parts of the system or the machine. It provides an effective platform which could help companies in hardware installation and set up to eliminate the dependency of hardware in the testing process.

Hardware in the loop (HIL) simulators have major applicability in test control systems. Mechanical structures and marine engineering are generally designed in parallel in offshore and marine application control systems. Hardware-in-the Loop (HIL) simulation solves the major problem of continuous testing even before the integration of the hardware. Hardware-in-the Loop (HIL) simulation also reduces the risk of personal injuries, equipment damage, and delays, by finding the error prior to final integration.

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Rising Need for Safety of Workforce during Plant Installation

Risk to personnel as well as heavy equipment damage during the integration as well as installation of a plant unit is very high. Hardware in the loop (HIL) reduces the risk by simulation which performs the same work of the original equipment. In heavy lift cranes where the risk of accident and loss is extensive, a hardware in the loop (HIL) simulator enables the function to be carried out without harming people or equipment during all stages of a design.

High Level of Complexity

The level of complexity in a HIL simulator to run at ultra-high speed or to use dedicated IO to generate high frequencies is very high. Wires transport information at very high frequencies in the original machines or on the platform, and to copy the same structure at a small level may increase the complexity of using hardware in the loop (HIL) simulators.

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Rising Demand for Heavy Machinery and Large Size Equipment

Demand for heavy machinery and large size equipment such as heavy lift cranes has increased considerably. The major reason for the increased demand for such big machineries is directly related to increased focus of many nations to strengthen the infrastructure. These heavy lifting machines such as cranes are integral for the development of proper infrastructure. The development of such machines such as large cranes need hardware in the loop (HIL) simulators so that the loss can be decreased at the time of production of such machineries.

North America Expected to Dominate the Market in Terms of Market Size

In terms of region, the global hardware in the loop (HIL) simulator market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is expected to dominate the market as hardware in the loop (HIL) simulators have major application in automotive, aerospace, and radar sectors where North America dominates. According to the report of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, although Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region in automotives, the largest market share in year 2017 was held by North America. As stated above, hardware in the loop (HIL) simulators are majorly used in automotive production. Thus, North America is expected to dominate the hardware in the loop (HIL) simulator market.

Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Simulator Market –Competitive Landscape

  • In July 2019, Typhoon HIL and Microgrid Knowledge signed a partnership to explore the possibilities of new microgrid simulation and testing tools. Both the companies are majorly focused on digitalization, decentralization, and de-carbonization.
  • In May 2019, National Instruments & Opal-RT Technologies, Inc. signed a strategic agreement for the development of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation technologies for the automotive market, primarily focused on testing electric vehicles. 

Typhoon HIL

Established in 2008, Typhoon HIL is headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, the U.S. The company focuses on providing hardware in the Loop (HIL) solutions for design, testing, and validation of microgrid and power electronics control systems. The company provides unique user experiences free of third party software and hardware complexities.

Opal-RT Technologies, Inc.   

Founded in 1997, Opal-RT Technologies, Inc. is based in Bengaluru, India.It is focused on providing accessible, cutting-edge, real-time simulation technology to accelerate the development of better products The company majorly caters to automotive, aerospace, power electronics, and power generation sectors.

Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Simulator Market – Dynamics

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Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Simulator Market: Segmentation

The global hardware in the loop (HIL) simulator market can be segmented based on:

  • Operational Test Type
  • LoopType
  • Component
  • Geography

Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Simulator Market Segmentation, by Loop Type

In terms of Loop Type, the hardware in the loop (HIL) simulator market can be bifurcated into:

  • Open Loop HIL
  • Closed Loop HIL

Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Simulator Market Segmentation, by Operational Test Type

In terms of Operational Test Type, the hardware in the loop (HIL) simulator market can be bifurcated into:

  • Augmented Operational Tests
  • Replacing Operational Tests

Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Simulator Market Segmentation, by Component

In terms of component, the hardware in the loop (HIL) simulator market can be bifurcated into:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Services

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Regional analysis of the hardware in the loop (HIL) simulator market includes:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Russia
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Nordics
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Singapore
    • Malaysia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of South America 
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  • Simulation
  • Equipment
  • Machine
  • Hardware in the Loop
  • Cranes

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