According to the study “Global Welding Robots Market – Structure, Size, Trends, Analysis and Outlook 2016-2022”, different types of robots are deployed based on the types of products manufactured. Articulated robots, Cartesian robots, SCARA robots, cylindrical robots, delta robots, and polar robots are the various types of robots deployed in various industries. Welding robots market is concentrated due to multiple players. Huge investments are made in R&D sector to improve welding robots with new technologies, superior quality of robot construction, and more operational skills. The leading players within the global welding robots market are ABB, KUKA, Fanuc, Yaskawa Motoman, Mitsubishi Electric, Kawasaki Robotics, Lincoln Electric, Denso Wave, Toshiba Machine, Nachi Robotic Systems, and Adept Technology.
Robots deployed in welding process are effectively programmed to carry out completely automate welding process while handling the part. Resistance spot welding and arc welding utilize welding robots to perform the tasks within the manufacturing industries, especially automobile industry. Robot welding was initially deployed into the automotive industry for spot welding purpose and from then on the number of robots used within the industries and the number of applications has increased greatly. More than twenty percent of industrial applications are controlled by arc welding robots within a short period of time. The major components of arc welding robots are the mechanical unit and controller, which is the brain of a robot. Welding robots work in a pre-programmed position or is guided by machine vision, or by a combination of the two methods. The use of welding robots has led to increase in precision of products, repeat-ability, and throughput. Enhanced advanced technology of welding robots has led to analyzing electrical data in real time collected from automated, robotic welding, thus enabling the optimization of welds.
Geographically, the global market for welding robots is spread across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of world (RoW). North America, China, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and Mexico countries are deploying more number of robots due to ongoing industrialization. However, Asia-Pacific occupies the first place in adoption of welding robots due to more automotive establishments, increasing automotive sales and tremendous revenue. Within Asia-Pacific market, China and Southeast Asian countries are bolstering the growth in welding robots market due to ongoing industrialization and this trend will continue over the next few years. The major end-users of welding robots are automotive industry, electronics and semiconductor industry, metal fabrication industry, aerospace industry, machinery, and other industries. However, the automotive industry deploys majority of the advanced welding robots for the manufacture of quality products. Welding robots are used for spot welding, arc welding, and laser welding. It was observed that spot welding robots account for a largest share followed by laser welding robots within the global welding robots market.
The advantages of welding robots are increase in repeatability and reliability, better personnel safety, efficient utilization of space, flexibility to weld complex work-pieces, maintains consistency in welding that reduces the material loss and improves the product quality. It was observed that there is an increased need for automation in non-conventional areas, such as microelectronics which has initiated the usage of welding robotics. Expensive equipment and restriction within high-production applications are the major growth restraints within the global welding robotics market. The increased operational efficiency of welding robots is a key factor that has a positive impact on the global welding robots market over the next few years.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications