2019 looks to be a good year for the world’s top industrial robotics companies, with many of them innovating and simplifying the industry. Industrial robotics services are also benefiting, expecting an incremental growth of well over $4 billion by 2021.
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Top 21 Industrial Robotics Companies in the World 2019
Since 1980, this company has introduced a wide range of robotic systems that help improve productivity in high-speed and precision performance in manufacturing. Mitsubishi extended its range of compact SCARA and articulated arm robotics with the addition of Codian Robotics’ exclusive delta style robots.
Key Products: MELFA FR Series, RV-F-D series, RP series, Ceiling Type RH-FRHR series, SCADA MC Works64
ABB (ASEA Brown Boveri)
From the time it pioneered the world’s first all-electric microprocessor-controlled robot and the world’s first industrial paint robot in the late 1960s and early 1970s, ABB remains a technology and market leader in robotics with over 300,000 robots sold to customers all over the world. Today, ABB is still one of the world’s largest industrial robotics companies.
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Key products: IRB 910SC SCARA, IRB 14000 YuMi, IRB 5500-22 – FlexPainter, IRB 5500-25 – Elevated rail, IRB 6660 for pre-machining, IRB 6660 for press tending.
B+M Surface Systems GmbH
B+M, as a world’s leading robot manufacturer, provides fully automated painting application systems and painting plants for surfaces with high-quality standards. From feasibility studies to design, installation and service, BM’s industrial robots help customers at every stage with a customized approach.
Key Products: T1 X5 series painting robots, T2 X5 series, Adhesive Dosing Systems.
Omron Adept Technologies
This is the largest US-based industrial robotics company. Its intelligent automation products include mobile robots, industrial robots and other automation equipment, applications software, machine vision, and systems. In 2015, the Omron Corporation acquired Adept Technology Inc. to create this entity.
Key Products: Cobra, eCobra, Hornet, Quattro, Sysmac Delta, Viper.
Covering a diverse range of industries and applications, FANUC Robotics offers more than 100 models of industrial robots that are easy to operate and provide great flexibility. FANUC has never taken its market dominance for granted and has been dynamically working on smarter and flexible solutions, particularly those that incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Key products: Fanuc CR Series of Collaborative Robots, Fanuc Robot R2000iC Series, M-20iB/25 Series of Articulated Robots, M-1/2/3 Series of Delta-Robots, SCARA Series.
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This is another Japanese brand that has led the industrial robotics industry since the first launch of its all-electric industrial robot Motoman in 1977. With more than 300,000 Motoman robots, 18 million inverter drives and 10 million servos and 18 million installed globally, Yaskawa has successfully commercialized optimum robots for various uses including arc welding, assembly, dispensing, material handling, material removal, material cutting, packaging, and spot welding.
Vital Details: HQ: Kitakyushu, Japan | Founded: 1915 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 1.5 billion
Key Products: VA1400 for arc welding, HP20F for assembly, ES Series for Machine Tending, G Series for pick and pack, MH225 for spot welding.
German industrial giant Kuka is one of the world’s largest producers of robotics that are used to manufacture automobiles, characterized by its signature bright orange crane-like bots. KUKA Robotics offers a fully integrated range of automated robotics, control technology, and customized software solutions. Since 2004, automation and robotics have been the company’s primary focus, and non-core areas have been closed or sold. In 2016, Kuka, a company whose robots already grace several factory floors, was acquired by Midea Group, a Chinese household company, for USD$3.9 billion.
Vital Details: HQ: Augsburg, Germany | Founded: 1898 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 1.4 billion
Key Products: KR AGILUS series: KR 30/60 F series: KR QUANTEC F series, QUANTEC for palletizing, AGILUS (Hygiene Machine variant), shelf-mounted robots, press-to-press robots.
This pioneering company first entered the North and South American Market in 1984 as the EPSON Factory Automation Group. Originally founded to support automation needs, EPSON quickly became prominent in many of the largest manufacturing sites throughout the world. Over the past three decades, EPSON Robots has been leading the automation industry for small parts assembly products and has introduced several industry firsts, including compact SCARA robots, PC based controls, and much more.
Vital Details: HQ: California, USA | Founded: 1984| Revenues/2017: USD$ 1.4 billion
Key Products: G-Series, RS-Series, LS-Series and T-Series SCARA Robots.
With over 160,000 robotics installed worldwide, the Japan-based Kawasaki is a leading provider of industrial robots and automation systems with a broad product portfolio. Kawasaki robotics was the first in Japan to commercialize industrial robots. Since then, the company has developed several robots as a domestic pioneer and has contributed to growth in many industry verticals through automation and labor-saving systems. In 2015, the company began sales of duAro, an advanced, dual-arm SCARA robot that can work alongside humans.
Vital Details: HQ: Wixom, Michigan, USA | Founded: 1896 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 1.3 billion
Key Products: duAro Scara Robot, K Series Robots for Painting, Y Series for Pick and Place, B Series for Spot Welding, RA020N for arc welding, M Series for medical and pharmaceuticals.
This is a global mechatronics solution provider with three core activities: Connectors, Robotics, and Textile. Since 1892 when it was founded, the Staubli Group has expanded both geographically and technologically. With the acquisition of Unimation – a prominent vendor in industrial robotics industry – Staubli continued its dynamic path into the most advanced and innovative industrial sectors. The company has launched a new range of collaborative robots and is investing further into its software business.
Vital Details: HQ: Horgen, Switzerland | Founded: 1892 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 1.26 billion
Key Products: TS80, TX Series, RX Series, TX2 Series, TP90, CS Series.
Based in southern Germany, Dürr is a leading mechanical and plant engineering firm with outstanding automation expertise. It joined forces with Kuka, another giant in automation technology sector, to develop an integrated solution for automated paint application. In 2017, the company’s painting robot business achieved new records in incoming orders and sales, despite intense competition. The growing demand for the Dürr robot can be attributed to the growing ongoing automation of vehicle paint technology.
Vital Details: HQ: Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany | Founded: 1895 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 724 million
Key Products: EcoRCMP control for painting applications, EcoRS 30 L 16S, EcoRS 16, EcoGun 1D.
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This trendsetter started developing industrial robots in 1967 and in the early 1980s. The company developed 4-axis and 6-axis industrial robots that have unlimited freedom of movement. Today, DENSO subsidiary DENSO WAVE develops high-productivity robots, designed to maximize the efficiency of operations in the manufacturing of engineered products such as automobiles and medical instruments.
Vital Details: HQ: Kariya, Japan | Founded: 1949 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 564 million
Key Products: VM, VP and VS Series 5-and 6-Axis Robots, VS-050S2 Medical Robots, HS Series SCARA Robots.
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This is a Michigan-based company that spans a broad range of manufacturing fields including machining products such as tools, ultra-precision machines, and robotic systems for reducing power consumption and automating production lines. Owned by the Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp, Nachi Robotic Systems boasts an impressive product lineup of industrial robots, integrated vision systems, and cutting-edge technology. The company recently introduced the MZ12 robot to the market that is capable of transporting 12 kgs, which is in high demand in the electronics and EMS sectors.
Vital Details: HQ: Novi, Michigan, USA | Founded: 1928 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 325 million
Key Products: Compact MZ Series, WING SLICER Type EZ series, SR Series for Spot Welding, FlexGui.
Part of the world’s largest automotive groups and a prominent supplier of industrial robots and robotized processes, Comau Robotics is a market leader. The company has launched a wide range of innovative products, perhaps most importantly the largest collaborative robots on the market. Its industrial robots are designed and developed to be integrated into applications where accuracy, speed, repeatability, and flexibility are of most importance.
Vital Details: HQ: Grugliasco, Italy | Founded: 1973 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 287 million
Key Products: REBEL-S SCARA, RACER ROBOT, STANDARD ROBOTS NS Series, HOLLOW WRIST ARC.
This company is renowned for developing safe, flexible, easy-to-use robotic arms that serve a range of industries, including food and tobacco production, metal and machining, automotive and subcontractors, pharma and chemistry, furniture and equipment, and scientific and research industries. This Danish company develops lightweight industrial robots that streamline and automate repetitive industrial processes. These robots are most commonly used for injection molding, pick-and-place, CNC, quality inspection, packaging and palletizing, assembly, machine tending, and gluing and welding applications.
Vital Details: HQ: Odense, Denmark | Founded: 2005 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 170 million
Key Products: Collaborative Arm UR3, Collaborative UR5, and Collaborative UR10 robot arms.
Wittmann Battenfeld Group
This conglomerate is a global leader in the manufacturing of robots, injection molding machines, and peripheral equipment for the plastics sector. The Austria-based auxiliary equipment maker maxed out its recently extended robotic manufacturing competences in 2017, shipping more than 5,000 robots. To capitalize on the growing interest in robotics and automation systems, Wittmann released several innovative products in 2017, including the Primus 16 and Primus 14 robots for standard pick-and-place applications.
Vital Details: HQ: Vienna, Austria | Founded: 1983 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 145 million
Key Products: Primus 14 and 16 for pick and place, W853 pro-robot, R9 robot control system, W808 Servo Robot, W818 Optimal Robot.
In the year 1981, Yamaha Motors took up the challenge to develop a completely new breed of industrial robots. Since then, this Japanese giant has provided a range of cutting-edge industrial robots to the marketplace that is unsurpassed for speed, payload, and dependability. The current industrial robot lineup is the culmination of more than three decades of experience in YAMAHA’s own manufacturing plants and thousands of others around the world. Yamaha Robotics has the capability to provide Cartesian systems in several configurations, as well as exclusive 2-axis YP high-speed pick and place models.
Vital Details: HQ: Iwata, Japan | Founded: 1887 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 88.6 million
Key Products: Liner Conveyor Modules LCM-X, Single axis robots GX series, Articulated Robots YA Series, SCARA Robots, Clean Robots.
With more than 3000 successful welding robot systems operational worldwide, IGM is the only manufacturer from Austria to specialize in industrial robots developed for arc welding in heavy mechanical applications. IGM welding robots are used in fields such as wheel-bearing production and mechanical diggers, locomotive and rolling stock construction and boiler manufacturer, bridge construction, and shipbuilding, along with applications in mobile cranes and forklift trucks.
Vital Details: HQ: Wisconsin, USA | Founded: 1983 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 59 million
Key Products: RTE 400 series, RTE 499 welding robot.
The global industrial robotics services market size will grow to USD 335.7 billion by 2021. Click HERE to see the latest driving factors, competitive landscape and future trends in this market.
Siasun Robot and Automation
This is one of the world’s leading robotics manufacturers and a major supplier of high-tech industrial robotics systems and automation owned by the Chinese Academy of Services. It is one of the top 10 leading industrial robotics companies in the Chinese robotics industry, thanks to its comprehensive industrial robotics product line. Included in the brand’s product offerings are automated guided vehicles, intelligent logistics equipment, laser equipment, rail transportation equipment, automated assembly and test production products, energy equipment, and special equipment.
Vital Details: HQ: Shanghai, China | Founded: 2000 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 38.2 million
Key Products: High Load Vacuum Robot, Siasun Collaborative Robot, SR4C Robot, SRBD1100 Parallel Robot, SR36A.
One of the early collaborative industrial robotics companies, Rethink Robotics has been generating a lot of interest lately. The company helps robot makers meet the challenges of an agile economy with an integrated workforce, combining safe, trainable, and cost-effective robotics with skilled labor. Its Baxter robot, powered by advanced software platform Intera, provides world-class manufacturers in automotive, plastics, electronics, consumer goods, and more.
Vital Details: HQ: Massachusetts, USA | Founded: 2008 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 20 million
Key Products: Baxter (robot), Baxter Research Robot, Intera software platform, Sawyer (cobot).
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With more than two decades of experience in mechatronics, Schunk has become one of the world’s most important providers of mobile gripping systems for industrial robotics. The company’s mechatronic lightweight arms, grippers, gripping hands, modular systems, and rotary modules have already set a benchmark today in several applications. Schunk is consistently expanding its module program for gripping systems with the simple aim to further simplify operation and control.
Vital Details: HQ: Lauffen am Neckar, Germany | Founded: 1945 | Revenues/2017: USD$ 19 million
Key Products: LWA 4D Lightweight Arm, LWA 4P, SDH 3-finger servo-electric gripping hand, EGP-FWA parallel gripper.
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