Revenues from field robotics applications to reach $ 29 billion by 2030


SINGAPORE, November 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The global pandemic and workforce shortages mean that robotics adoption and workforce automation continue to dominate the agenda for industrial and manufacturing companies. In its latest report, the global technology watch company ABI research assesses the latest trends in the robotics industry that further propel the adoption of automated solutions, namely remotely operated robots and hardware agnostic robotic platforms.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in the demand for automated solutions in the commercial and industrial sectors. Unsurprisingly, 2021 has been a good year for Automated Mobile Robots (AMRs) and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). However, market demands are not limited to these two form factors. Remotely operated robots are becoming increasingly popular, driven by field applications including high altitude material handling, non-destructive testing and inspection of critical infrastructure, as well as field construction. The revenue of field robotics applications is expected to reach US $ 29 billion by 2030.

“The concept of remotely operated robots is nothing new,” says Lian jye su, Senior Analyst, Industrial, Collaborative and Commercial Robotics at ABI Research. “Remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and sUAS are the most common examples of remotely operated robots. However, these robots have poor dexterity and flexibility and are often confined to specific tasks. Newer remotely operated robots, such as Guardian XT from Sarcos Robotics, feature high agility and mobility, high-bandwidth 5G connectivity and can be equipped with various end-effector tools.In addition, end-users can customize remotely operated robots for a wide range of complex operations.

Another emerging trend in the robotics industry is the emergence of hardware independent robotic platforms. As end users are constantly looking for more sophisticated robotic hardware to automate more workflows, they need to deploy different types of robots. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of these bots are from different vendors. “Right now, most robots are designed to function as stand-alone devices. The fragmented landscape of robots used in workflow automation makes managing them through a single software, such as a warehouse management system (WMS) or a common cloud platform, a very complicated challenge, ”explains Su.

End users are looking for software platforms to facilitate large-scale deployments through common development, rapid integration, orchestration, and maintenance. Hardware-independent robotic platforms aim to solve this challenge by providing a single platform that can accommodate all robots. The main players in this space include Augmentus, Energid, Formant.AI, Freedom Robotics, Intrinsic and MOV.AI. Besides the tasks mentioned above, they also offer motion planning models, real-time simulation environments, machine learning (ML) integration and digital twins synchronization with all types of robots and of components. With these developments, the mature robotics software market will grow 17 times over the next ten years.

“Another important feature of these platforms is their compatibility and support for robotic operating system (ROS) and ROS 2. ROS software packages have been widely adopted in the industry. Compatibility with ROS is essential for roboticists and application developers as it minimizes redesign and reconfiguration time and ensures faster time to market, ”concludes Su.

These results come from the ABI Research study Emerging trends in robotics: teleoperation, platform and consolidation application analysis report. This report is part of the Industrial, collaborative and commercial robotics research service, which includes research, data and analyst analysis. Based on in-depth primary interviews, Application analysis The reports present an in-depth analysis of key market trends and drivers for a specific technology.

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