Autonomous mobile robot shipments achieve record high in 2018
More than 20,000 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were shipped in 2018 according to Interact Analysis, which is double the number sold in 2017 with AMR demand surging in Q4. All regions (Americas, EMEA, APAC) saw tremendous growth, however APAC, and China, in particular, was the largest driver of the volume growth.
Although the industry saw explosive demand for AMRs in 2018, the fortunes for autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) vendors was much more mixed. The report showed that AGV revenues (still the largest chunk of the market) grew at a much more somber pace of around 10%, and the data indicated that the Americas AGV market actually dipped slightly year-over-year.
Combining AGVs and AMRs together, it was deck-load products that drove the largest increase in revenues and shipments, accounting for half of all revenues and close to 80% of total shipments. Small, lower cost conveying vehicles appeared to see particularly strong demand, but also larger platforms designed for carrying pallet-loads were also in high demand and achieved impressive growth. Aside from those, the results indicated continued and growing demand for forklift/pallet truck robots, with shipments growing by close to 50% according to the preliminary results.
– Edited from an Interact Analysis press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering robotics stories.