Record year for North American robotics

Continuing growth cited by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) should be welcome in the manufacturing sector. North American robotics companies posted record new orders in 2005, surpassing the previous high of 1999, according to RIA's report "The Robotics Market: Year 2005 Results and Trends.

05/01/2006


Continuing growth cited by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) should be welcome in the manufacturing sector. North American robotics companies posted record new orders in 2005, surpassing the previous high of 1999, according to RIA's report " The Robotics Market: Year 2005 Results and Trends. " Some 18,228 robot units valued at $1.16 billion were ordered by North American manufacturing companies—an increase of 23% in units and 17% in dollars over 2004. The report is based on data supplied to RIA by its 250 member companies.

An additional 1,217 robots were ordered by companies outside of North America, bringing overall total orders to 19,445 robots valued at $1.22 billion. This reflects gains of 21% in units and 15% in dollars over last year. Shipments of robots also set a new high in 2005, with 19,594 robots valued at $1.18 billion shipped to North American companies. When shipments to companies outside North America are included, the totals are 20,906 robots valued at $1.24 billion, representing gains of 45% in units and 28% in dollars.

RIA estimates that some 158,000 robots are now installed in American manufacturing operations, placing the U.S. second to Japan in robot usage. "Clearly, 2005 was the best year ever for the North American robotics industry," says Donald A. Vincent, RIA executive vice president. "It's gratifying to see the industry finally surpass the records set in 1999 when the North American economy was really booming."

While Vincent expects long-term growth to continue, he notes several near-term uncertainties:

  • A 2% decline in orders in fourth-quarter 2005, compared to the same period in 2004;

  • Manufacturing operations continuing to move from North America; and

  • Concerns about the health of the U.S. economy, compared to when the previous market high was established in 1999.

Unease also extends to current problems faced by the automotive industry, since automotive manufacturers and their suppliers are the largest consumers of robots in North America. "All of these factors make us cautious about the expectations for 2006," Vincent explains, cautiously, but optimistically:. "Long-term growth will be fueled by the growing realization that robotics automation can help companies survive and prosper in an increasingly competitive global manufacturing environment," he says.






No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
Detecting security breaches: Forensic invenstigations depend on knowing your networks inside and out; Wireless workers; Opening robotic control; Product exclusive: Robust encoders
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide
 

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.