According to the study “Global Material Handling Cobots Market by End-user, Application, and Region – Analysis and Outlook 2016-2022”, deploying material handling cobots within the manufacturing facility solves precision and repetitive problems. The well programmed cobot can performed multiple tasks and can copy it to cobots. Multiple material handling cobot systems are easily programmed either through traditional or technical methods. Cobot deployed at packing require necessary force, repetition, and accuracy. Material handling robots are embedded with manually or via computer programming that can force control making cobot more robust. It was suggested that mounting multiple high-resolution cameras onto material handling cobots can automate the industrial process for faster results, higher-quality products, and more accurate production batches.
Material handling cobots automate the most tedious, dull, and unsafe tasks within a manufacturing facility which is the easiest ways of automation. These cobots enhance the efficiency of production line and increase quality of products. Few applications considered as material handling are selection, transferring, palletizing and machine loading. Cobots deployed within a manufacturing unit should consider specification such as payload, speed requirements, end-of-arm tooling or grippers needed, facility layout, floor-space, variants of materials handled and other possible production problems.
Globally, almost all industries are adopting material handling cobots as a way of introducing the new automation future. These cobots can function in areas of work previously occupied by their human counterparts. Material handling cobots are designed with inherent safety features making them safe to work right next to human operators. They can identify parts or objects and package them accordingly. Machine tending is a tedious job for human workforce; however, one material handling cobot can tend to multiple machines, leading to increased productivity.
Material handling cobots are deployed in industries such as automotive, metals, chemical, electrical, electronics, industrial machinery, food, beverages and other industries. Automotive industry accounts for a larger share within the material handling cobots market due to emerging automotive manufacturing facilities in countries such as China, the US, and Japan. Global automotive industry deploys majority of the newly ordered material handling cobots, followed by electronics, electrical, food, beverages, metal and chemical industries.
Geographically, global material handling cobots market is spread across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, EMEA and rest of the world. Asia-Pacific region is the largest contributor within the material handling cobots market, followed by Europe and North America. Increasing industrialization in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and India are the major contributors for the growth in material handling cobots market. The leading players within the global material handling robotics market are ABB, KUKA, Rethink Robotics, Universal Robots, Fanuc, Adept Technology, Bionic Robotics GmbH, Robotnik Automation S.L.L., Scape Technologies A/S and Blue Ocean Robotics GmbH.
The need for globalization coupled with growth in e-commerce is driving the market for material handling cobots. Almost all the warehouse and distribution operations are upgrading their existing infrastructures with material handling cobots for more productivity. Rapid surge in e-commerce and omni-channels is driving the need for material handling cobots that can pick, pack and ship faster than ever before. Material handling cobots deployed are embedded with right methodologies to support multiple warehouse operators to sustain clients and customers. Increasing picking techniques with cobots has enabled more work operations, powering the next generation of warehouses with innovations.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications