Tuesday, June 07, 2005

North American Robotic Sales Up, Diversifying

In 2004 North American manufacturers purchased 14,838 robots with a market value of nearly $1 billion, a 20% rise in units over the previous year. Automotive industry purchases accounted for 64% of the total in 2004, down from 68% in 2003, indicating increased usage in industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, electronics, aerospace, and life sciences.

Industrial robotic manufacturers are moving to support that trend adding machines specifically designed for the food or phamaceutical handling markets.

Adept Technology Inc. of Livermore, CA, has added a line of articulated robots called the AdeptViper. The robot is being used by various industries with an especially large order for cellular phone assembly.

Fanuc Robotics has added to the LR Mate 200iB/5WP line with a food robot that can perform such tasks as putting protective lids on trays containing ready-to-eat dinners and is designed to be doused by sanitizers.