According to a report from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), the future is bright for industrial robots.
Industrial robot sales have risen dramatically this year, thanks to economic recovery in the United States, emerging Asian markets, and renewed interest from the automotive sector.
Robot Data from 2010:
IFR reported a 27% increase in robotic sales in 2010 - approximately 76,000 robotic units. Furthermore, IFR predicts this surge will continue growing with 10% increases each of the next three years.
More Asian Companies Invest in Robots:
According to the IFR study, this year saw more robot orders from Asian companies (China, South Korea, and other South-East Asian countries). Japan and North America robot sales stats returned to normal levels.
Automotive Industry Recovers:
There has been more demand for robots from automotive companies as they seek to upgrade production facilities, broaden their scope, and invest in cutting-edge technology.
Robots Now More Flexible:
The 2010 IFR report also noted changes that are happening to industrial robots technology. Overall, robots are becoming more versatile, accurate, and user-friendly. Robot programming, for instance, has become much more accessible. Plus, robots are designed to better accommodate short cycles and quick consumer product changes.