Industrial robots play a crucial part in the manufacturing industries around the globe. It was estimated that the number of robots supplied to factories around the world is increasing drastically because the latest robots are embedded with advanced technical knowledge to upshot precision, intelligence, and endless energy levels. This factor makes the robots perfect employees for a wide range of jobs around the globe which humans cannot afford to perform. Advanced technological developments within the automotive industry such as connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars are all driven by the electronics industry. Therefore, industrial robots are used extensively to produce electrical/ electronic parts for automobiles.
According to the study “Industrial Robots for Electrical & Electronics Industry: Global Market 2016-2022”, industrial robots deployed in electrical /electronics (E&E) industry are programmed to perform the task of assembling of electronic components and equipment. They are used across the entire production cycle starting from cutting metal housings to assembling miniature components on boards, applying sealants, adhesives buffing, polishing surfaces, perform quality inspections, packing and palletizing the finished electrical /electronic products. All the electronic assemblies require rapid, precise placement of miniature objects that are very fragile. Industrial robots can perform such multiple tasks in sequence such as mounting different types of components on a base plate. Newer industrial robots are equipped with advanced technology such as grippers, vision technologies, and force sensors so that robots can handle huge industrial productions, assembling processes and multiple finishing tasks. It was observed that the automotive sector was the largest industry that deployed robots over the past few years. However, according to global statistics, electrical /electronics (E&E) industry has dominated the automotive industry in deploying robots.
The major end-users of industrial robots within the electrical & electronics industry are for the manufacture of electronic components, telecommunication devices, electrical & electronics equipment, other products such as computers and office instrument. A number of industrial robots are deployed for the production of electronic components and is the largest category attracting more number of new installations. Geographically, global industrial robots for electrical and electronics industry is spread across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, EMEA and rest of the world. Industrialization in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and India accounts for the major contribution within the industrial robots market. The leading players within the global material handling robotics market are ABB, KUKA, Fanuc, Yaskawa, Toshiba Machine, Kawasaki Robotics, Adept Technology, Apex Automation and Robotics, Aurotek and Axium.
Industrialization in Asia coupled with increasing demand for automotive has accounted for a larger share in the sales of industrial robots with multiple operations. Vietnam is the second largest exporter of smartphones in the world and ranks seventh in the robot market. Expansion of electrical /electronics (E&E) industry in Malaysia accounts for more than half the global industrial robots sales market. Newly deployed robots share workspaces with employees in the electrical /electronics (E&E) industries. All the electrical /electronics (E&E) industries need to be equipped with collaborative robots for quick movement because product cycles often last for a few months. The increasing adoption of industrial robots in almost all electrical /electronics (E&E) industries has double over the recent years and this trend would continue over the next few years with the advent of more sophisticated robotics.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications