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4 of the 10 robots are bought by China

The data given by the International Federation of Robotics (IFRWorldRobotics) is a good demonstration of the global growth of industrial robots.

According to the research of the International Federation of robotics, industrial robot sales in 2016 increased by 18% to a record $13 billion 100 million. Data show that the whole world sold about 300 thousand robots last year, of which 3/4 were concentrated in five countries, namely China, Korea, Japan, the United States and Germany.


4 of the 10 robots are bought by China. China, once the world's "world factory", has been the largest buyer of industrial robots since 2013, with a 27% increase in purchasing last year. Investment in many developing regions is also increasing, such as Taiwan, Thailand, India and Mexico, as well as Italy and France. On the rise of the robots at the same time, a number of the world's leading company's share price in this area has also soared, including Japan FANUC and Yaskawa electric, Swiss engineering giant ABB and KUKA germany.

The global robot Federation (IFR) market report shows that the annual sales of industrial robots in the world have increased year by year since 2009. The global sales of industrial robots in 2016 were 294 thousand, up 16% compared to 2015. The International Federation of robotics expects sales to be up to 346 thousand in 2017, with a growth rate of 18% in 2016. The International Federation of robotics also predicts that in the next three years, the annual sales volume of industrial robots in the world will maintain a growth rate of nearly 15%. By 2020, the total number of industrial robots will exceed 500 thousand. The total number of new industrial robots will reach nearly 1 million 700 thousand.

In the past three years, the sales of industrial robots have maintained steady growth in the automotive and 3C electronics industries. Taking the car industry as an example, industrial robots sold more than 100 thousand units in 2016, up 6% from the same period. In the 3C electronics industry, the growth rate of industrial robots is the highest, rising from 65 thousand in 2015 to 91 thousand in 2016, with a growth rate of 41%. Besides, in the food industry, the sales of industrial robots also increased significantly, but sales in metal, chemical, rubber and plastics decreased slightly.

From the point of view of the global industrial robot sales distribution in Asia, sales of industrial robots show explosive growth, in 2016, the Asian industrial robot's total sales of 191 thousand units, is expected to 2017 Asia Industrial Robot total sales will reach 230 thousand units in 2020 will exceed 350 thousand units. In contrast, the industrial robots in Europe and the Americas will grow steadily in the next 2015-2020 years. It is estimated that in 2020, the sales volume of industrial robots in Europe is 83 thousand, and that in the Americas is 73 thousand.

Automation revolution

Industry experts believe that the robot apparently triggered a revolution of automation, and the motive force behind it is that all enterprises want to improve the efficiency and speed of the industrial process. One of the most important factors behind the popularization of robots is the cost reduction of the robot system. Meanwhile The breakthrough of robot technology is also accompanied by the upgrading of electronic communication between equipment and computers in the factory, which is called the Internet of things.

Nerseth said another reason to help robots grow is that the order of some manufacturing enterprises is large batch and few styles. Now it has become a lot of small batch and many styles. "This is actually driven by the consumer... We want more personalized products, and thus push the flexibility needs. " He says, for example, that many cars will customize the hubs for the wheels. Although the largest customer still comes from the automotive industry, the industry began to use robots to soldering and spray the body in the early 1980s, but the main driving force is the electronics and electrical industry, and mainly from Asia.

You can take takeout

After the merger of the Baidu takeout, the "future logistics" strategic conference was held to show its takeout robots and unmanned aerial vehicles and other scientific and technological products. Hungry, CEO Zhang Xuhao said, following the business of distribution, labor intensive distribution, instant distribution has developed into a technology intensive distribution stage.

The first delivery robot, named "ten thousand starving", is mainly used for the terminal distribution in the building, and has been tested in some office buildings in Shanghai. The robot has a maximum load of 80 kilograms, one load of 3 to 4 different takeout loads at a time, and a thermal incubator. Specifically, the takeaway member enters the building and takes the takeaway into the robot's belly. The robot can automatically plan the path and take the elevator to the designated floor. Finally, dial the user phone and notify the user to pick up the meal. When the user finds a robot, enter the phone number to verify, then take the meal.

It can also be operated on

In addition to simple physical labor, high - level medical operations have also emerged. With the development of technology, robot doctor in the absence of human manipulation, can operate independently in the operation, earlier this month, the official website of IEEE news said: intelligent soft tissue autonomous robot (STAR) research team recently released the latest results in a series of experiments, STAR cutting robot is more accurate than the professional surgeon and, less damaging to the surrounding muscles.