The global modular robotics market was valued at US$ 6,876.9 Mn in 2017 and is projected to register a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 14% from 2019 to 2027, according to a new research report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) , titled ‘Modular Robotics Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2019–2027.’ The report suggests increasing use of modular robots across multiple industry verticals in order to reduce the production cost and growing use of modular cobots (collaborative robots) across the world are likely to augment the demand for modular robotics from 2019 to 2027.
Issue of system integration can hamper the modular robotics market
Modular robotics systems are made of a large number of modules that are connected with one another to form a single robotic system. However, sometimes, it is very difficult to manufacture a modular robot, as hardware modules belong to different manufacturers and, at times, they are incompatible. Due to this incompatibility, the system integration process becomes complex. In order to simplify the integration of modular robotics systems, several manufacturers (including Acutronic Robotics Technology) are building common integration platforms.
Modular robotics used significantly in automotive and electronics industries
In terms of application, the global modular robotics market has been segmented into residential, commercial, and industrial. The industrial segment has been sub-divided into automotive, electronics, food & beverages, pharmaceutical, rubber & plastics, metals & machinery, and others. Adoption of industrial automation is growing across multiple industries worldwide and it is significant across automotive and electronics industries. For instance, the World Robotics 2018 Industrial Robots Report of the International Federation of Robotics states that automotive and electronics industries worldwide are using industrial robots considerably. Several manufacturers from the two industries are adopting industrial automation to increase their output and meet the increasing consumer demand. They are also adopting modular industrial robotics systems to increase their production with a low investment.
Cobots segment to expand significantly
In terms of robot type, the modular robotics market has been divided into cobots, articulated robots, SCARA, and others. Cobots i.e. collaborative robots perform tasks in collaboration with workers in an industrial environment. Currently, the demand for collaborative modular robots is not significant; however, it is expected to increase at a high rate during the forecast period. The significant growth rate can be attributed to various advantages offered by cobots. Significantly automated industries, such as automotive and electronics, which are prominent users of industrial robots, are deploying collaborative robots alongside traditional industrial robots to perform certain tasks.