According to the study “Cylindrical Industrial Robots: Global Market 2016-2021”, cylindrical industrial robot has at least one rotary joint at the base and one prismatic joint to connect the links. Cylindrical industrial robots’ rotary joint uses a rotational motion along the joint axis, while the prismatic joint moves in a linear motion that operates within a cylindrical-shaped work envelope. Cylindrical industrial robots are rarely used now-a-days because most of industrial operations were carried out with SCARA robots (Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm or Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) which are equipped with advanced technology. It’s a robot whose axes form a cylindrical coordinate system. Cylindrical industrial robots cut and shape parts, assemble machinery and inspect manufactured parts. Typical cylindrical industrial robots jobs are difficult, dangerous or dull while handling. Cylindrical industrial robot is cylindrical and its dimensions are determined by the motion limits of the different parts of the robot. The motion limit of any joint of a cylindrical robot on the both sides is maximum as well as the minimum. It can reach points in the three dimensional space that is interchanged with common minimum workspace within the industrial application. Cylindrical industrial robots can move between the required points faster than the Cartesian robot, especially in case when the two points are at the same radius.
Robot is a programmable machine that looks exactly like a human being while performing multiple complex acts. It is an insensitive machine that functions automatically when programmed. Various industrial robots are manufactured and designed accordingly to move materials, parts, tools, perform a variety of programmed tasks within the manufacturing facilities to produce quality products. Robots are equipped with articulated arms specifically developed for managing various applications such as welding, material handling, painting and others functions. Healthcare, military, public safety industries, manufacturing industries, mining industries are the various industries that use robotics for multiple operations. With the advent of robots, workload in manufacturing facilities is shared between man and machines. As more and more number of robots are manufactured with technologically advanced and autonomous features, they are trained and programmed to do jobs faster and better than humans.
Geographically, global material handling robotics market is spread across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, EMEA and rest of the world. Asia-Pacific region accounts for a larger share within the cylindrical industrial robots market due to ongoing industrialization in China and Southeast Asian countries. Industrial automation coupled with technological innovations has bolstered growth of the market in Europe and North America. However, Latin America and RoW account for a small fraction within the global cylindrical industrial robots market. Global cylindrical industrial robots market comprises of both international and regional vendors. All the vendors compete against each other while focusing on terms of quality, durability, reliability, and technological innovations. Large investments are made in R&D to improve robots with advanced technologies, superior quality of robot construction, and more operational skills. The leading players within the global cylindrical industrial robotics market are ABB, Kuka AG, Fanuc, Yaskawa Electrical Corp., Toshiba Machine, Adept Technology Inc., Epson Robotics, Denso Wave, Staubli International, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., and Kawasaki. Various applications of a cylindrical industrial robot are palletising, grinding process, assembly, spot welding and handling machine tools. The major end-users of cylindrical industrial robots are automotive industry, electrical and electronics industry, metal, machinery, plastics & chemicals, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, precision, optics and other industrial sectors.
Cylindrical industrial robots are extraordinary and compete with other types of industrial robots such as articulated robots, Cartesian robots, and SCARA robots which are well established within various industrial applications. With the advent of more sophisticated robots, the global cylindrical robots market will witness a mild growth over the next few years. it was estimated that unless the technological advancements creates new applications or more efficient cylindrical robots, the market for cylindrical industrial robots market may experience a continuous declining over the next few years.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications