Robotics and Automation: Growth in 2017 Outpaced all Expectations

You may have seen news about artificially intelligent robots, self-driving cars and drones and think that these are the early signs of a small but growing industry.

In actuality, the robotics industry is already very large and still rapidly growing. According to ZDNet, the number of robots ordered in North America alone was valued at $1.5 billion.

Robots are already used prolifically in many manufacturing industries and this trend is projected to continue. According to the same article:

“Surprising exactly no one who’s been paying attention to the rapid adoption of automation across industries, the period [from January through September 2017] shattered growth records in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology.

The numbers are a good indication of how rapidly automation is being added to operations in sectors like fulfillment, light manufacturing, and even food service and healthcare.

For the first nine months of 2017, North America saw 27,294 orders of robots valued at approximately $1.473 billion, by far the highest level ever recorded.”

To read more about this click here for ZDNet’s full article.

New York State is home to substantial robotics developments. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and FuzeHub play leadership roles in the new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute – a federally-supported organization in the Manufacturing USA network.

Click here to read more about how ARM can help your company advance or adapt robotics technologies

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