Robot Controller Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 - 2026
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Robot Controller Market size is witnessing a substantial growth from 2019 to 2025 owing to rapidly flourishing robot industry. Robots are largely adopted in industrial applications as they significantly reduce labor costs along with improvements in efficiency and quality. According to the International Federation of Robotics, the annual sales of industrial robots increased by 114% from 2013 to 2017 and the overall shipment increased by 30% in 2017 when compared to 2016, accounting for 381,000 units. The robot controller is a computer that plays a vital role in controlling multiple robotic functions such as connections with other processes and machines, managing arm movements, and others. The growth in challenging the industrial tasks of robots, which require continuous path control.
The introduction of more capable and multi-tasking controllers is likely to increase the growth of the robot controller market. The robot controller comprises various axis configurations such as a single axis, 2-axis, 3-axis, and others. The axis configuration depends on the task and the required range of motion. The greater number of axes will allow robots to operate in a greater space due to the higher degree of freedom. The 6-axis configured robots, provide very high flexibility using the base axis for full rotation of the robot and the sixth axis for the rotation of faceplate or wrist of the robot. The growing robotics application areas require flexible operations, which will lead to the launch of several multi-axis controllers in the robot controller market. For instance, Yamaha provides an RCX 340 multi-axis controller, which is an advanced controller managing multiple robots using a single master controller. It also allows high-speed communications among other connected controllers.
Industrial robots are being widely adopted in the manufacturing sector for a wide variety of applications including arc-welding, painting, and palletizing in the robot controller market. Welding robots provide several advantages to manufacturers such as increased productivity, higher quality of welds, reduction in waste materials, and others. The increasing shortage of skilled welders has become a major concern for fabricators. According to the American Welding Society, there will be a shortage of 372,000 welders in the U.S. by 2026. This is expected to significantly increase the adoption of welding robots in the manufacturing sector. The painting robots are also widely adopted by several industries, particularly the automotive sector to paint the vehicle body, to apply primer, and to paint the body with consistent coat & achieve the required standards.
Asia Pacific is among a dominant region in the robot controller market owing to the high adoption of robots in countries such as China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. China is significantly strengthening its position in the industrial robotics industry. According to the International Federation of Robotics, (IFR) the country had a market share of 36% in the industrial robot industry with sales up to 138,000 units in 2016-17, which was higher than the combined sales in Europe and America. The large industrial manufacturing sector and the adoption of robotics to improve productivity are expected to provide high growth potential in the country. According to IFR, Japan is the largest manufacturer of industrial robots with 56% of the global supply in 2017. The country has witnessed a 45% increase in the export rate from 2016-17.
One of the major challenges is the skillset required to operate the robots and controller systems in the industrial robotics. The companies implementing robotics technologies have been facing these challenges, which is limiting their adoption. Another major concern is the high costs associated with the technology. Purchasing the robots is highly expensive, resulting in offerings such as robotics as a service. This involves renting robots instead of purchasing to manage the costs within the budget. Chances of malfunctioning, privacy & security issues for information collected by the robots, and difficulties in navigating in the unmapped environments are some factors that can hamper the growth of the robot controller market.
Major players in the robot controller market are Kuka, Fanuc, Arburg, ABB, Engel, Alfa Robot, Sepro Group, Epson Robots, Hans Hundegger, Harmo, TecnoMatic Robots, iRobot, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nachi-Fujikoshi, Omron Adept Technologies, Staubli Robotics, Wittmann, Yamaha Robotics, and Yaskawa. The companies are inclined toward the development of advanced products, particularly oriented toward multi-tasking and providing wider options for motion controls. In June 2018, ABB introduced its new family of controllers, OmniCore, offering broad motion control options. The company is aiming to address high-performance industrial applications and the digitalization of factory floors. This controller provides high-reliability, particularly to support the production of low-volume products in shorter product cycles. In May 2017, Fanuc launched its robot controller J-30iB, which is capable of coordinating multiple machine axes at the same time, which is highly suitable for complex project engineering tasks.
Robot controller market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD million from 2015 to 2025 for the following segments:
- Single axis
By Robot type
The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa (MEA)
- Saudi Arabia
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