Robot Controller Market size is set to witness prolific growth between 2021 and 2027. This is driven by the escalating usage of robots in the automotive sector for varied applications, including car welding, painting, and supply chain automation. In addition, the rising adoption of the technology for varied purposes like plastics processing, alongside its capability to address key challenges in the manufacturing industry, such as tight labor pools, will favor the demand for industrial robot controllers in the coming years. The robot controller system refers to an information processing device designed to store data and execute programs, which operate robots. This controller system contains various algorithms, data, and other processing activities, enabling them to efficiently perform. It can network to other systems as well, so that the robots may work together with different machines, processes, or robots.
A considerable increase in robot orders from the non-automotive sectors and the rapid digitization of production systems during the COVID-19 pandemic will foster robot controller market trends. Due to the high emphasis on reducing carbon footprint, there has also been a subsequent rise in investment in modern robot technology in the recent past. These factors, along with the growing use of robots to produce cost-efficient renewable energy equipment, such as photovoltaics, will further escalate the need for robot controller software in the years ahead.
Based on type, the robot controller market from the six-axis segment will garner significant revenue by 2027. This is attributed to the rising acceptance of six-axis robots in primary and secondary packaging operations. Other product benefits such as ease of mobility as well as wide vertical and horizontal reach are likely to further stimulate the industry expansion from the segment during the forecast timeframe.
The North America robot controller market will account for a major revenue share by 2027, owing to the escalating production and demand for robotic units across the region. As per the RIA (Robotic Industries Association), sales of robotic units surged by 3.5% between 2019 to 2020 in the North American region. Moreover, increasing reliance on automation to drive electric vehicle manufacturing sector growth in the U.S. will also generate opportunities for the industry progression during the forecast timeline.
The competitive landscape of the global market comprises companies such as Yaskawa, Yamaha Robotics, Wittmann, Staubli Robotics, Omron Adept Technologies, Nachi-Fujikoshi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, iRobot, TecnoMatic Robots, Harmo, Hans Hundegger, Epson Robots, Sepro Group, Alfa Robot, Engel, ABB, Arburg, Fanuc, and Kuka (Midea Group). These firms are focusing on new product launches and business expansions to strengthen their presence across the global market. For instance, Yaskawa Electric Corporation launched the industry’s first ‘YRM-X controller’ in June 2021, designed to synchronize data of cells composing devices and industrial robots in real-time and at high speed. In January 2020, ABB introduced a harsh environment version of the IRB 1100 robot as well as the OmniCore controller with an IP67 protection rating, sealing its electronic components against water and contaminants.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has created a profound impact on the global manufacturing industries. Companies across the plastics machinery, machine tools, and steel production equipment sectors were greatly affected by the crisis, mainly credited to the severe financial crisis and the restrictive investment behavior. This financial instability may result in the declining usage of robots and in turn, impede the overall deployment of robot controller architecture in the coming years.
However, the pandemic has significantly accelerated the use of robotics and other technologies to increase productivity across industries. In 2020, the sales of disinfectant robots of Blue Ocean Robotics, for example, skyrocketed, recording a 1,000% surge in demand from airports, schools, and hospitals. The rapid digitalization and the shift towards automation during the crisis may also serve as major contributing factors to the industry growth in the near future.
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