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Industrial robots are programmable machines used for automating manufacturing processes in industries and are capable of movement on three or more axes. These effectively reduce high and tiring efforts of producing & manufacturing consumer goods and work with high endurance, speed, and precision.
Some applications where robots are employed include welding, painting, assembly, disassembly, pick and place for printed circuit boards, packaging and labeling, material handling palletizing, product inspection, testing and other core operations in industries.
They offer benefits, including cost reduction, increased rate of operation, size reduction, improving quality, along with improved manufacturing efficiency and flexibility.
In the year 2020, an estimated 1.64 million industrial robots were in operation worldwide according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The emphasis of present research and development is on activities such as automatic assembly, automatic scheduling, visual guidance, and recovery of errors among others.
The global industrial robots’ market is expected to grow at a CAGR ranging from 11.2% during the next five years.
The growth of this market is attributed towards major relying factors including; the current global transition from manual to automation systems , the surging labor charges worldwide, the rising penetration of collaborative robots in various industries, the growing emphasis upon improvement of productivity of high volume production lines, the rising awareness regarding the benefits of robots in the end-use industries, the high demand of robotics products in industrial application especially in manufacturing sectors, the growing investment of automotive industry in technological advancement, the growing adoption of robotics in small & medium size organizations because of their decreasing costs and the rising number of government restrictions on handling toxic materials and goods etc.
Additionally, the costs of employing and training manual workers and their replacements account to huge allocation of funds in all industry verticals. Alongside, the inconveniences associated with providing benefits such as promotions, health and safety compensation and insurances, benefit packages, increasing wages on a yearly basis, and paid leaves is also endless. With that said, it is difficult for workers to work in harsh or inhospitable environments and have lower satisfaction in carrying out repetitive tasks in comparison to robots which have far lower restrictions. This factor alone is comprehensively contributing immensely to the global industrial robot’s market.
Moreover, the technological advancements such as infusing of robots with integrated vision and touch and human features such as intelligence, flexibility, memory, learning ability, and objects recognition enhance the efficiency and speed of delivery systems which help in achieving several benefits such as reduction in overhead costs, increase in productivity, waste reduction, and flexibility. This is majorly propelling the demand for robotic systems across various end-use industries and thereby contributing to the overall market expansion robustly.
Furthermore, other factors such as the globally increasing manufacturing requirements, the growing global competition in industrial production, the economic growth across regions, the growth of e-commerce and end-use industries such as automotive and electronics, the rising adoption of robotics in the non-automotive sector are fueling the growth of industrial robot’s market size. Alongside, the rising adoption of smart factory system, the emergence of Industry 4.0 industrial revolution and the advent of numerous sorts of techniques committed to production control will further propel the market growth in the future years.
However, the high cost of industrial robotics solutions, the complex regulatory framework, concerns associated with safety of operators primarily in collaborative robots which work alongside human personnel and the interoperability and integration issues with industrial robots restrain the growth of this market.
INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS MARKET SEGMENTATION:
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The Asia Pacific region is the most prominent regional market for industrial robots and hence dominates the global market. This domination is anticipated to continue account of the massive growth projected for this region in the next years. The growth in the region can be well attributed to factors such as the high number of installations of industrial robots in major and developing countries of the region, the booming electronics industry, the presence of government initiatives and grants promoting the adoption of these systems, the low and constantly declining working-class population, the high and early adoption of advanced technologies in countries and the growing automotive industry in this region etc. The major contributors in the region include Japan, India, China, South Korea, and Taiwan among others.
The European and the North American regions are significant market share holders in the industrial robot’s market and have been witnessing various developments in the recent years. The regions are expected to robustly grow in the forthcoming times owing to factors such as the increasing adoption of robotics in various industrial sectors, the increasing number of units purchased by automotive OEMs for process automation, the growing automotive sector in the regions especially in Europe, the increasing use and demand for automation and control technologies across industries and the increasing number of initiatives taken such as the “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP)” etc. Furthermore, the increasing labor wages in the U.S. and the rising focus on the safety of workers in the regions also contribute to the market growth significantly. The major contributors in these regions include the U.S, U.K, Germany, and Canada, among others.
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