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Inspection Robots Market - By Type (Non-autonomous, Semi-autonomous, Fully Autonomous), By Technology (Stationary, Mobile), By Application (Visual Inspection, Ultrasonic Inspection, Laser Scanning Inspection, Thermal Inspection, Quality Inspection), By End Use & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6986
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
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Inspection Robots Market Size

Inspection Robots Market was valued at USD 3.24 million in 2022 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 20% between 2023 and 2032. The rising demand for collaborative robots (cobots) across industries is driving the growth of inspection robots due to their versatile and safe nature. Cobots can work alongside human operators, making them ideal for inspection tasks that require human-robot cooperation.
 

Inspection Robots Market

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In manufacturing, for example, cobots can assist in quality control and product inspection, enhancing efficiency and accuracy while ensuring worker safety. This increased adoption of cobots has created a complementary need for inspection robots that can collaborate seamlessly with human workers, addressing a wide range of industries' demands for efficient and safer inspection processes, thereby fueling the growth of the inspection robot market.
 

Inspection robots are autonomous or semi-autonomous machines equipped with various sensors, cameras, and specialized tools, designed to perform thorough and systematic examinations of assets, infrastructure, or environments in industries such as manufacturing, energy, construction, and more. These robots navigate through confined spaces, hazardous environments, or hard-to-reach areas, collecting data and visual information in real-time. Inspection robots serve various purposes, including quality control, maintenance assessment, safety inspections, and data collection. They enhance efficiency, accuracy, and safety by minimizing human intervention in tasks that involve high risks, complex structures, or the need for precision and consistency.
 

SMEs often have limited financial resources, making the initial investment in inspection robot technology prohibitive. These costs encompass not only the purchase of robots but also training, infrastructure modifications, and ongoing maintenance expenses. Consequently, SMEs may struggle to justify the upfront expenditure, hindering their ability to adopt this technology. To address this pitfall, it's crucial for manufacturers to develop cost-effective and scalable solutions, offer financing options, and demonstrate the long-term benefits of inspection robots, such as improved efficiency, reduced downtime, and enhanced safety.
 

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had negative impacts on the inspection robots market. Supply chain disruptions affected the production and availability of components, causing delays and increased costs. Many businesses postponed or canceled investments in non-essential technologies like inspection robots to conserve capital during economic uncertainties. Restrictions on travel and access to industrial facilities hindered robot deployment and maintenance, limiting their effectiveness. Additionally, economic downturns in various industries reduced demand for inspection services. Despite these challenges, the pandemic also highlighted the value of automation and remote inspection capabilities, potentially driving future growth in the industry as businesses adapt to post-pandemic realities.
 

Inspection Robots Market Trends

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the trend of remote inspection, allowing operators to control and monitor robots from afar. This trend enhances safety by reducing the need for physical presence in hazardous or inaccessible environments. Inspection robots equipped with cameras and sensors can transmit real-time data to operators, who can make informed decisions and conduct inspections remotely. This capability not only reduces risks to human inspectors but also offers cost-efficiency and versatility, making it a valuable trend in various industries, including manufacturing, energy, and infrastructure.
 

Inspection robots are increasingly equipped with advanced sensors, including lidar, ultrasonic, and thermal imaging, enhancing their ability to collect accurate data. Coupled with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, these robots can process and analyze vast amounts of data in real time. This trend allows for more precise defect detection, anomaly identification, and predictive maintenance. It also improves overall inspection efficiency and reliability, making inspection robots an essential tool for industries where precision and data analysis are critical, such as aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas.
 

Inspection Robots Market Analysis

Inspection Robots Market, By Type, 2021-2032 (USD Million)

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Based on type, the market is segmented into non-autonomous, semi-autonomous, and fully autonomous. The semi-autonomous segment dominated the market in 2022, accounting for a revenue of over USD 1 million in 2022; this segment is also estimated to register a CAGR of about 20% over the forecast period.
 

  • Semi-autonomous robots are gaining popularity in the inspection sector as they facilitate productive collaborations with human workers. These robots can work alongside humans, harnessing the strengths of both automation and human decision-making. They excel in those tasks that require precision, repetition, and heavy lifting, while humans manage complex problem-solving and supervisory roles. This collaborative approach enhances the overall efficiency and safety in inspection settings, reducing the risks of accidents & errors.
     
  • Semi-autonomous robots offer adaptability in inspection settings. They can be reprogrammed and configured to perform various tasks, accommodating the changing production needs without extensive retooling or investments in new automation equipment. This flexibility is especially valuable in industries with varying product lines or evolving manufacturing processes. It allows companies to respond quickly to market demand and maintain competitiveness.
     
  • Semi-autonomous robots are generally more affordable than fully autonomous counterparts. This cost-effective measure makes them a practical choice for businesses looking to integrate automation without making significant upfront investments.
     
 Inspection Robots Market Size, By Technology, 2022

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Based on technology, the market is segmented into stationary and mobile. The stationary segment accounted for a market share of over 50% in 2022 and is estimated to grow over the forecast period.
 

  • Stationary robots are thriving in the inspection robots market due to their exceptional suitability in tasks that require precision & stability. Industries, such as automotive, electronics, and aerospace, rely on these robots for applications such as welding, painting, and quality control. The fixed position of these robots allows for consistent & precise operations, which helps in ensuring high-quality outcomes in these critical manufacturing processes.
     
  • Stationary robots offer cost-effective automation solutions. Their stationary nature eliminates the need for complex mobility systems, reducing both initial setup costs and long-term maintenance expenses. This affordability factor makes them an attractive choice for businesses looking to automate specific tasks or processes without the larger investments associated with mobile or fully autonomous robots; this is also driving their growth in the inspection robots industry.
     
  • Many industries, such as automotive and electronics manufacturing, rely on stationary robots for precision tasks. The growth in these industries is driving the demand for stationary robotics solutions.
     
China Inspection Robots Market Size, 2021-2032, (USD Million)

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Asia Pacific led the global inspection robots market in 2022, accounting for a significant share of over 30%. Market is experiencing substantial growth in the Asia Pacific region, driven by a convergence of key factors. Robust industrialization, expanding manufacturing sectors, and increased infrastructure development across Asia Pacific nations have heightened the demand for inspection robots. Stringent safety and quality regulations, particularly in industries like automotive and electronics, propel the adoption of these robots for efficient inspections. Moreover, Asia Pacific's role as a global manufacturing hub necessitates advanced and precise inspection technologies. This combination of regional industrial growth and regulatory compliance contributes to the burgeoning expansion of the industry in Asia Pacific.
 

Inspection Robots Market Share

The inspection robots industry is highly competitive owing to the presence of key players such as:

  • ABB Ltd.
  • FANUC Corporation
  • KUKA AG
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Yaskawa Electric Corporation
  • Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Significant investments in R&D to gain technological competitiveness and aggressive business strategies including technological launches as well as collaborations and long-term agreements with clients to capture market share are positively impacting market growth.
 

Inspection Robots Industry News

  • In May 2023, FANUC America, a subsidiary of FANUC Corporation, launched two new high-payload capacity collaborative robots at Automate 2032. FANUC expanded the payload capacities of its CRX & CR cobot lines to handle products that weigh within the range of 4 kg to 50kg. The CRX-25iA cobot can demonstrate its enhanced 30kg payload capacity by easily handling a 30kg kettlebell with full wrist articulation.
     

The inspection robots market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, by type

  • Non-autonomous
  • Semi-autonomous
  • Fully autonomous

Market, by technology

  • Stationary
  • Mobile

Market, by application

  • Visual inspection
  • Ultrasonic inspection
  • Laser scanning inspection
  • Thermal inspection
  • Quality inspection

Market, by end use

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Food & beverages
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & gas
  • Power

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

 

Authors: Suraj Gujar , Deeksha Vishwakarma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size for inspection robots was USD 3.24 million in 2022 and is estimated to witness over 20% CAGR from 2023 to 2032 owing to the rising demand for collaborative robots (cobots) across multiple industries.

Market for inspection robots from the semi-autonomous type segment is estimated to observe 20% CAGR from 2023-2032 driven by higher popularity in the inspection sector to facilitate productive collaborations with human workers.

Some of the well-known inspection robots industry players are ABB Ltd., FANUC Corporation, KUKA AG, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Yaskawa Electric Corporation, and Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation.

Asia Pacific recorded more than 30% share of the global inspection robots industry in 2022, driven by robust industrialization, expanding manufacturing sectors, and increased infrastructure development.

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