Robotics Engineering: 10 Trends Shaping the Industrial Robotics for 2019

With the continuously increasing awareness of automation and rising industrial revolution, end-user industries across the globe are increasingly incorporating industrial robotics and robotics…


With the continuously increasing awareness of automation and rising industrial revolution, end-user industries across the globe are increasingly incorporating industrial robotics and robotics engineering for optimizing the industrial processes. Various key industrial automation companies including ABB, Mitsubishi Electric, Omron and several others are continuously innovating with their product offerings to meet the evolving customer requirements. As the evolution of Industry 4.0 and emergence of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) rises, the demand for smart robots and robotics engineering is likely to surge considerably in the forthcoming years. Emergence of smart factories, connected industrial premises, and increased need for technology-driven professionals are other key trends expected to fuel the industrial robotics growth. For more details on smart robots market, please visit Global Smart Robots Market 2018-2022.

Top 10 Robotics Engineering Trends That Will Shape the Industrial Robotics for 2019

Commercial Class Legged Robots

Legged robots are expected to gain traction in the year 2019 as they seem to be ideal for potential applications across industries including construction, disaster relief and surveillance, food and beverage, and other industries. Robotics engineering companies such as Agility Robotics and Boston Dynamics have announced the launches of their innovations, namely Cassie bipedal robot and Handle, the wheel-leg hybrid robot in June 2018. These robotics market players are focusing on the prototype designing and gearing up the production of legged robots including SpotMini quadruped robots and Atlas bipedal robots, further likely to proliferate the


With the rising digital innovation and increasing digital literacy of the consumers across the globe, there has been a significant emergence of efficient business models such as Robots-As-A-Service (RAAS) enabling companies operating in industries ranging from manufacturing to healthcare to complete larger tasks done in a shorter time through virtual agents. RAAS allows the customers in saving upfront investments and operating expenses even before venturing into highly operational businesses. This business model can be used as rental or on lease, further augmenting the global industrial robotics rental market. Consequently, over 30% of the commercial robotic applications will follow the “Robot-as-a-Service” business model to reduce the costs incurred in the deployment of robots significantly.

Automation of Robots

Owing to the increasing demand for optimized processes and surging need for reducing the errors due to labor forces, industries predominantly the manufacturing sector has been emphasizing on the usage of automated process, resulting in the increasing robotic automation. Not only the manufacturing sector, automated robots are the considered the most viable choice for improving efficiency in the current supply chain, warehousing operations, and other logistic processes. Additionally, the applications of robotic engineering are likely to advance considerably for the global automation and robotics market in the automotive industry.

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Cloud Robotics

Advancements such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cloud computing technologies have amalgamated to offer much more robust solutions to the end-user industries through the emerging field of Cloud Robotics. With the aid of this technology, robots in a converged infrastructure and shared services environment benefit from the powerful computational and storage abilities of the modern data centers. For instance, various researchers at the Singapore ASORO labs have encouraged the formation of a cloud computing infrastructure for generating a 3D model of environment allowing robots to perform simultaneous mapping and localization. Similarly, the French robotic firm Gostai offers the GostaiNet, a cloud-based robotic infrastructure allowing robots to record videos and synthesize voice for face detection and speech recognition tasks. Such innovations in the robotic engineering field is expected to boost the global adaptive robotics market growth as well in the upcoming years.

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Cobots Gaining Traction

End-user industries, particularly, in the emerging economies across the globe are still highly dependable on the staff and labor forces, which, eventually, encourages them to opt for Cobots or Collaborative Robots. These robotic machines work along with their human counterparts for increasing the efficiency and enhancing the overall productivity. Various SMEs in the automotive sector, rubber and plastic industry, food and beverage sector are leveraging the benefits such as lower costs, and convenience in programming and integration, offered by collaborative robots. Technavio’s global collaborative robots market research report predicts the rising adoption of cobots by these industries as one of the key factors leading the market to register a CAGR over 60% by 2021.

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Robotic Engineering Courses

Rising adoption of industrial robots in the mainstream industries is encouraging students across the globe to take up robotic engineering courses as the majors through several graduate and undergraduate programs in the top robotics universities in the world. Education and training in the areas of microcontrollers, unified robotics, industrial robotics, computer science, coding, programming and other fields are likely to surge exponentially during the next year owing to the rising inclination of students toward automated and technology-driven courses. In addition, owing to the plenty of opportunities for robotic engineers, the demand for these courses is likely to accelerate from both advanced and emerging economies. Furthermore, according to the US Bureau of Labor, companies have incorporated over 125,000 robots within the factories during the last decade, eventually requiring more well-trained and technically sound human resources, propelling the robotic engineering courses demand.

Customized Robots

Despite the significant initial costs incurred in the deployment of industrial robots, companies across the globe are increasingly adopting robots and incorporating them in their conventional hardware systems, predominantly due to the evolution of tailor-made or customizable robots. The next-gen automated robots are being used by manufacturers to control and customize their hardware, eventually allowing companies to focus on controlling costs by using modular or customized robots. Moreover, companies like the US-based HEBI are aiming to make custom robots as easy as LEGO by introducing the Igor, a custom robot balancing on two wheels like a Segway. Such initiatives by the robotics companies are further expected to proliferate the global smart robots market growth during the predicted period.

Integration with Big Data Analytics

The integration of Big Data with robotics is likely to create significant business opportunities for the industries storing huge amounts of crucial information and data. Robotic Process Automation and Big Data are often being used for creating intelligent automation solutions using machine learning, while allowing robotics process automation software to perform routine business processes just the way humans interact with applications through a user interface. Advantages such as scalability, improved accuracy, decreased cycle times, improved throughput are often encouraging enterprises across the globe to leverage the potential uses of Big Data analytics integrated with robotics.

3D Technology and AI Robots

3D technology and Artificial Intelligence has been becoming mainstream in the robotics industry in the recent years and the trend is likely to continue even during the forthcoming years. 3D machine vision will help the robots to feed data into AI technology. For instance, AI has been translating the visual information obtained from the 3D vision, eventually boosting the growth of the 3D robotics market. Furthermore, the emerging DIY and the Maker Movement across the advanced economies of the globe have fostered the growth of 3D technology-enabled robotics, further fuelling the robotics engineering systems.

The global 3D printer market size will grow by USD 7 billion by 2022. Technavio’s Global 3D Printer Market Report 2018-2022 provides an analysis of the upcoming growth opportunities for 3D printer manufacturers across regions such as the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.

Proliferation of Drones

Drones are gaining traction across industries with the rising awareness of robotics engineering among the consumers across the globe. According to Technavio, the global commercial drones market is likely to register a CAGR of over 36% by 2022 owing to the increasing investments by various angel investors and venture capitalists. Companies like 3D Robotics and Parrot are increasingly innovating their product offerings to meet the evolving requirements from the end-user industries including infrastructure, public safety, media and entertainment and several others.

The list of trends continuing to boost the robotics engineering industry is endless. However, we have mentioned the top 10 trends in the industrial robotics for 2019. For more information and detailed reports in the global robotics market, click here.


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