From Hannover to Chicago, Robotics Is Unshackling Its Novel Past and Becoming a Mainstay Technology

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By Rian Whitton | 2Q 2019 | IN-5486

 

Mobility and Material Handling above All at ProMat and Automate

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The Hannover Messe and ProMat 2019 events saw massive showcasing and deployment of robotics. However, unlike in previous tradeshows, there was very limited focus on advanced opportunities like mobile manipulation.

The biggest source of growth and advancement for robotics in the industrial space relates primarily to the use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and, increasingly, Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) for material handling and intralogistics for warehousing and manufacturing. Between Hannover Messe, Promat and Automate, ABI Research came into contact with well over 30 providers of these platforms, and was able to see a few trends developing.

There has been a gradual fleshing out of the mobile robotics market as different providers find their places in it. The current breakdown of mobile robot providers (not including system integrators or the tech giants) falls into Autonomy Solution Providers (ASPs), mobile robotic platf...

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