Robot Sensor Market Size By Product (Force / Torque, Vision, Ultrasonic, Tactile, Laser Range, Proximity), By Robot Type (Industrial, Service, Collaborative), By Application (Manufacturing, Logistics, Defense, Agriculture, Medical, Domestic, Entertainment), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

Published Date: Jul 2020  |  Report ID: GMI2802  |  Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Shubhangi Yadav

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 350   |   Base Year: 2019

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Robot Sensor Market size exceeded USD 1.5 billion in 2019 and is estimated to grow at around 11% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. The unit shipments will surpass 9 million units by 2026.

Rising trend of industrial automation has significantly improved the adoption of robots to handle complex tasks, predictive maintenance, deliver high accuracy, and reduce energy usage and labor cost, accelerating the robot sensor market growth. Additionally, initiatives from several governments worldwide, such as ‘Industry 4.0’ initiative in Germany and ‘Industrial Value Chain Initiative’ in Japan, will accelerate the adoption for industrial robots. This will further drive the market opportunity for robot sensors in coming years. This has also positively influenced market players to upgrade their sensor technologies for more efficient production in manufacturing units.

Robot Sensor Market

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COVID-19 pandemic has positively affected the robot sensor market, as companies are planning to integrate industrial robots into their manufacturing facilities and showcasing less dependency on human workforce. Also, the companies are forming strategic collaboration for the development of medical robots to fight against COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2020, Vayyar Imaging, a provider of 4D image sensor technology and Meditemi, engaged in development of robotic healthcare solutions, partnered for the development of an intelligent care robot offering remote sensing capability that can detect COVID-19 symptoms at an early stage. However, COVID outbreak has also severally affected the robot sensor industry leaders to perform research & development initiatives due to shutdown of manufacturing plants and uncertainty in raw materials.

Robot Sensor Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year:2019
Market Size in 2019:USD 1.5 Billion
Forecast Period:2020 to 2026
Forecast Period 2020 to 2026 CAGR:11%
2026 Value Projection:USD 4 Billion
Historical Data for:2015 to 2019
No. of Pages:350
Tables, Charts & Figures:589
Segments covered:Product, Robot Type, Application, Region
Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing adoption of robots across various industries for automation
  • Growing demand of service robots in developed economies
  • Increasing investments in robotic industry
  • Technological advancements in sensor technologies providing expanded capabilities to robots
  • Decrease in cost of sensors augmenting market demand
  • Rise of collaborative robots augmenting demand for sophisticated sensors
  • Upsurge in the logistics and defense robot sales to drive demand in the U.S.
  • Rising adoption of industrial robots in automotive manufacturing
  • Upsurge in demand for robots in medical application
  • Growing market of domestic robots in Asia Pacific
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • High cost of devices
  • Export restrictions

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Growing adoption of robots for pick and place applications will drive the demand for force / torque robot sensor market

The force / torque sensors segment held a market share of over 25% in 2019 and is anticipated to witness around 13% growth rate through 2026. The growth is majorly attributed to its rising adoption in industrial robots to perform various tasks including product testing, material handling, polishing & deburring, etc. These sensors are integrated into robotic arms to deliver object sensing capabilities in plant operations.

Rising initiatives by governments to propel industrial automation and smart factory are accelerating the adoption of industrial robots, thereby driving the demand for force / torque sensors. For example, the Korean government has introduced “The Intelligent Robot Development and Supply Promotion Act” that focuses on providing intelligent robots to manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics sectors. Japan has also introduced New Robot Strategy, in which robot-related budget increased to USD 351 million in 2019.

Torque sensors are experiencing rising penetration in industrial robots owing to their low-cost benefits; thereby, companies are continuously involved in the development of force-torque sensor technologies to gain high opportunities in the robot sensor market among other players.

Rising demand for collaborative robots among SMEs will create market opportunities for robot sensors

Robot Sensor Market Volume By Robot Type

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The collaborative robot sensor market accounted for more than 10% revenue share in 2019 and is poised to register growth of over 15% during the forecast timeline. This growth can be credited to rising adoption of collaborative robots in small and medium enterprises. Continuously declining prices of collaborative robots is also one of the major factors accelerating their demand among SMEs to make automation investment cost effective.

Rising adoption of robots in automotive manufacturing to create new market opportunities for robot sensors

Robot Sensor Market By Application

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The manufacturing sector dominated around 35% robot sensor market share in 2019 due to rising integration of industrial robots into automotive manufacturing for painting, welding, assembly, material removal, and parts transfer & machine tending. This increases the adoption of vision sensors and force-torque in industrial robots to deliver high efficiency in manufacturing tasks including pick & place, adding an opportunity for the market growth.

Automakers are widely adopting these robots for painting application of vehicles to prevent workers from hazardous VOCs, carcinogens, and isocyanides released during painting. This also helps the companies to achieve cost and weight advantage in vehicles production by using a precise amount of sealing materials.

Rising government initiatives in China will accelerate the market size

Asia Pacific Robot Sensor Market By Region

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Asia Pacific robot sensor market is projected to expand at over 13% CAGR through 2026 impelled by rising consumer electronics manufacturing in China, India, and South Korea. Several government initiatives, such as “Made in China 2025” and “Made in India”, are propelling the manufacturing sector in the region. The government of China has also introduced Robot Industry Development Plan 2020 that will increase the country’s robotic density to 100 robots for every 10,000 workers. Moreover, in 2019, Chinese government invested USD 577 million for the development of intelligent robots. This will accelerate the market opportunity for companies operating in the robot sensor industry.

Focus on new product launches to stay competitive in the market

The leading robot sensor market players include Keyence, Rockwell Automation, FANUC, Honeywell International Inc., EPSON, ifm electronic GmbH, OptoForce, FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, OMRON, and Infineon Technologies.

Companies offering robot sensors are continuously innovating new products for various automated and robotics applications. In September 2019, ATI Industrial Automation announced the development of Force/Torque (F/T) Sensing Systems for robotic application. These sensors deliver high accuracy, resolution, and help robots to gather accurate data and deliver high resolution in feedback data.

The robot sensor market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD and shipments in thousands from 2015 to 2026 for the following segments:

Market, By Product  

  • Force / Torque sensors
  • Vision sensors
  • Ultrasonic sensors
  • Tactile sensors
  • Laser sensors
  • Proximity sensors
  • Other sensors

Market, By Robot Type

  • Industrial robot sensors
  • Service robot sensors
  • Collaborative robot sensors

Market, By Application

  • Manufacturing 
  • Logistics
  • Defense
  • Agriculture
  • Medical
  • Domestic
  • Entertainment
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • Denmark
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Taiwan
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of robot sensor exceeded USD 1.5 billion in 2019.
The industry share of robot sensor is estimated to grow at around 11% CAGR between 2020 and 2026.
Ongoing trend of industrial automation and government initiatives to increase robot adoption for complex tasks will push the market size, unit shipments of which may exceed 9 mn units by 2026.
COVID-19 pandemic has had a positive impact on robot sensor demand, since companies are now aiming to make industrial robots a major part of their manufacturing processes to reduce human workforce.
Increasing deployment of industrial robots for material handling, product testing, etc., will propel the force/torque sensors segment, which held 25% of the market share in 2019 and is forecast to register 13% CAGR through 2026.
Collaborative robot sensors will majorly drive the industry, given their rising adoption in SMEs. Collaborative segment held 10% market share in 2019 and may record 15% CAGR through 2026.

Premium Report Details

  • Published Date: Jul 2020
  • Pages: 350
  • Tables: 551
  • Charts / Figures: 38
  • Companies covered: 28
  • Countries covered: 16

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