In an era defined by the increasing adoption of robotics, robot sensor market has quite overtly consolidated its stance in the overall electronics space. Robotic automation is now being deployed across a slew of applications, from industrial and domestic to commercial and logistic applications, for achieving several operational and workplace benefits. Apart from being used for obtaining long-term performance benefits at the workplace combined with efficiency, robots are also being deployed on account of their lesser susceptibility to fatigue. The increasing implementation of robots to minimize workplace risks and reduce fatigue is certain to boost robot sensor industry.
The industrial revolution 4.0 has accelerated the use of autonomous and collaborative robots in the production plants across the manufacturing industry, which is contributing toward the growth of robot sensor market. The robots are being increasingly adopted in production plants that can perform exceedingly complex tasks with the highest precision, ensuring human safety. For instance, BMW, an automobile giant uses flexible assistance systems such as exoskeletons and other automated solutions. The company has installed around 60 lightweight collaborative robots by Universal Robots in their production facilities in 2017.
The force-torque units in the robot sensor market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.5% owing to the increasing penetration of their low-cost. For instance, Robotiq launched FT 300 force-torque solutions for Universal Robots. These components can be integrated with Universal Robots in manufacturing plants for operations such as pick and place, machine tending, finishing, insertion, quality testing, and assembly. Force-torque sensors are imparting robotic arms with object-sensing capabilities that are significant for the diverse applications that robots are performing in today’s smart factories.
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Robots are used with different types of sensors based on their applications. This has been possible due to the development of novel and innovative sensors that provide expanded capabilities. Some sensors provide an environmental feedback regarding the surroundings and the terrain. The components mainly used in the robots are proximity sensors, ultrasonic sensors, microphones, ultrasound sensors, acoustic vector sensors, vision sensors, and microphones for acquiring data from the environment. Laser range sensor technology, LiDAR, is gaining popularity in the robot sensor market and is used in service and collaborative robots for navigation & obstacle detection.
There is a rapid global demand for logistics service robotics sensor market in the warehouses to increase the operational efficiency for processes such as custom packaging, picking objects container loading, and unloading. Warehouse automation has been attainable due to the development in sensor technology with ultrasonic and visual sensors used to guide the robots. This will furthermore propel the robot sensor market.
Laser range sensor technology in the robotics sensor market which was estimated to be over USD 390 million in 2017 is expected to grow over the forecast timeline owing to the emerging cheaper LiDAR sensors. For instance, Velodyne HDL-64E LiDAR was valued at an enormous price of USD 75,000. Velodyne has introduced a low-cost LiDAR sensor, LiDAR Puck which is valued at USD 8,000 and is working on cheaper “solid state” LiDAR solutions, which do not offer a 360-degree view. Moreover, Google’s Waymo is also investing in the LiDAR technology to cut down on the sensor costs.
Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region with a CAGR of around 15% in the robot sensor market. This is attributed to the massive demands from China, South Korea, and Taiwan. South Korea’s robot density is 347 per 10,000 persons in manufacturing, Japan’s robot density is 339 and that of Taiwan is 129. This increasing replacement of people with robots across industries is one of the major drivers for the robot sensor market in the region. In addition, the declining cost of sensors is propelling the demand in the conventional systems of manufacturing industries.
The staggering demand from the industrial, manufacturing, and other commercial sectors to ensure efficient outcomes will have a favorable impact on robot sensors industry trends. The increasing availability of next-generation and AI-assisted robotic systems will also propel the product demand over the years ahead. Driven by the ever-rising acceptance of robotic automation across the globe, robot sensor market will surpass a revenue collection of USD 4.5 billion by the end of 2024.