Adoption of Gantry (Cartesian) Robots for Industrial Applications to be Increasingly driven by Rapid Strides in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Published On : Dec 07, 2018 | Category : Electronics & Semiconductors

The drive for various types of robotics for industrial applications has stemmed from the need for intelligent technologies for automating production flows at varied levels. Over the years, automation applications have changed markedly, depending on end-use industry needs and the underlying drive mechanisms. Subsequently, integration capabilities and work envelop areas of industrial robots have also improved. Gantry or Cartesian robots are a type of versatile industrial robots with relatively simple kinematics that are suitable for a variety of automation applications such as assembly, test and inspection, pick and place, and dispensing stations. Their use in a range of end-use industries have been underpinned by their capability to meet unique precision, speed, and payload requirements. In addition, the ease of implementation of gantry/Cartesian robots is one of the compelling propositions that has fueled their adoption among end-use industries.

A variety of configurations for gantry robots adopted by linear actuator manufacturers is what is fueling their demand for material handling applications. The potential is vast, and according to a projection by Transparency Market Research, the global gantry/Cartesian robot market is projected to reach a worth of US$ 23,384.4 Mn by the end of 2026.

Gantry/Cartesian Robots witness Vast Potential in Electricals and Electronics Industries

Other key end-use industries for gantry/Cartesian robots are automotive, electrical and electronics, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals. Of these, the enormous potential of Cartesian robots is being witnessed in the automotive sector, world over. Meanwhile, given the rapid pace of industrial automation in the electrical and electronics sector, gantry robots are expected to witness large uptake. The segment is projected to contribute the major share in 2018 in the global gantry/Cartesian robot market. The robot line is potentially promising for automating production workflows in the manufacturing of integrated chips, apart from other electrical components. Some of the myriad applications where gantry robots are unitizing, sorting, packaging, scanning, and loading/unloading.

New Product Development and Strategic Tie-ups account for Profitable Avenues in Asia Pacific

A number of economies in developing and developed regions across the globe have emerged as lucrative for gantry/Cartesian market. In particular, Asia Pacific is expected to contribute sizeable revenues to the global market, helped by swift pace of industrial automation. Several manufacturers of gantry robots are exploring big revenue streams in developing regions such as Asia Pacific. They are focusing on new product development and entering strategic tie-ups to consolidate their footprints to these geographic areas. One of the crucial aspects of the innovations is gantry robots with advanced configuration that allows end-use businesses to integrate them with the existing robot assembly.

Europe and North America are no less profitable regions. The advent of industrial internet of things (IIoT) and the inroads being made by them in automation technologies for manufacturing applications are likely to open exciting frontiers in these regional markets. Several manufacturers in the regions are pouring in large research and funding, which will pave way for more exciting frontiers.