Analysis of material handling technology suggests that by 2019 the industry is likely to surpass $20 billion. Robotic handling technology is used in a variety of businesses and trades, including electronics, automotive, chemical and industrial. The benefits have been clear to see and, as such, it is no real surprise to see the industry thriving.
Research undertaken by Technavio and reported by Robotics Tomorrow shows that industry revenue is strongest in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and North America.
Handling Hazardous or Unstable Chemicals
By 2019, material handling technology within the chemical industry alone is projected to surpass $3 billion. The chemical industry needs safe ways of handling radioactive materials and other hazardous chemicals. Robotic technology has been increasingly employed as a way to reduce the potential for accidents that may compromise the safety of workers. This has also meant an increase in items being created form systems such as Rubber Injection Moulding as offered by www.meadex.co.uk/ to ensure any items handled are safe and not subject to contamination.
As the chemical industry in China expands, the demand for robotic technology in that area is likely to increase. Europe also has a large chemical industry, and this will further increase demand for the technology.
Small-Scale Robotic Handling
In the world of electronics, things are getting smaller. Specialised robotic technology for handling miniature or fragile materials has been developed. The speed and accuracy improve output, which is important in such a fast moving industry.
Large Loads and Quantities
Efficient and safe handling of large loads and quantities is an essential part of many industries across the globe. Such technology can be used to easily move large loads from used pallet racking or other shelving items as required.
Material handling technology for the automotive industry is projected to pass $6 billion in just three years. The automotive sector deals with a lot of large loads that are unable to effectively be moved using manual labour alone. Although it’s a smaller industry, there is a need for robotic handling in the industrial machinery sector for similar reasons.
In industries that require efficient and accurate handling of large volumes, robotic technology can also be particularly useful, with the food industry being an example. There are many regulations in place for food handling and, as such, things often need to be moved quickly from one area to another. Robots help greatly with this, as well as reducing fatigue and accidents amongst workers.