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IFR report: the sales of industrial robots in 2018 increased by only 1%

last week, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) announced the preliminary data of industrial robots in 2018 at a press conference held in Chicago. A new record was barely set in 2018, and the sales volume was only 1% higher than that in 2017. But there is no information about service and agricultural robots

in fact, the achievements made in 2017 are indeed remarkable, with a year-on-year increase of 30%, so that other years are eclipsed by it. Although the growth rate of 30% is difficult to span, the growth rate of only 1% in 2018 is somewhat incredible. What slowed this process

2018 industrial robot industry sales data report data source: ifr

growth of only 1%, why

China's auto sales increased negatively. The overall sales volume of China's industrial robot market slowed down in 2018, mainly due to China's automobile sales volume of 28 years 1 There are impurities in the oil filled in the rubber material universal testing machine. These impurities enter the oil cylinder to wear the surface of the oil cylinder and the oil plug, and the clearance increases, or the clearance is already large due to poor processing accuracy, resulting in oil leakage. In such cases, it is necessary to use oil with high viscosity. If the pressure continues due to oil leakage, Zui can replace the new oil cylinder for the first negative growth. As China accounts for 30% of the global auto market, the decline in China's auto sales in 2018 has a great impact on the global auto market. At the same time, with the continuous friction of the Sino US trade war, the sales of China's auto market fell by 2.8% and the U.S. auto market fell by 0.2%. According to the latest IFR data report, the negative growth of China's automobile sales has led to a 15% decline in the sales of the automobile industry in which industrial robots in the Chinese market are located. This measurement and control system integrates programmable amplification, a/d conversion, d/a conversion, digital i/o, counting and pulse generation (PWM), square wave generation (SWP) and other functions, At the same time, the decline in the sales of American cars led to the separation of the two clamps at a certain speed and the stretching of the samples, resulting in a 26% decline in the sales of the automotive industry in which the industrial robots in the American market are located

3c industry sales slowed down. Manufacturers are busy developing new products for 5g application of new technology. In the past 18 years, the industry orders that automation enterprises can get have significantly shrunk compared with previous years. At the same time, the global intelligent sales volume decreased by 5%, which led to the sales volume of 3C industry, on which the robot industry depends, decreased by 8%

the strategic director of Mino automotive equipment (China) Co., Ltd. said: consumers seem to take a wait-and-see attitude, because there are some uncertainties in the rumors that relevant policies will affect car purchase, as well as in the overall economy

on the bright side, he also said: the manufacturing of electric vehicles is a huge stimulus to automotive robots. The installation of new production lines and factories, the transformation of existing production lines and factories, such as battery and electric motor assembly, and the expansion of electric vehicle product portfolio are crucial to the long-term strategy of many OEMs. China is the focus of global electric vehicles and will make major investments (in the coming years). Evonik will enter the display market

although robot sales in Asia fell, sales in the Americas and the EU increased by 6% and 7% respectively. In fact, the overall performance of the United States last year was very good, an increase of 15% over 2017, while Canada and Mexico decreased by 15% and 13% respectively

the robot density in the U.S. manufacturing industry has reached 200 robots per 10000 employees, compared with 97 in China (2017 data). The trend of automatic production in domestic and global markets is the main driving force for robot installation in the United States. The general industrial sector, especially the food and beverage industry (up 64 per cent) and the plastics and chemical products industry (up 30 per cent) had the highest growth rates

challenges faced by industrial robots

looking forward to the future, there may be many uncertainties in the automotive industry, especially at the time of its transition from internal combustion engine to electric vehicle, and when autonomous vehicle begins to enter the market

at the preliminary data conference announcing industrial robots in 2018, the spokesperson at the IFR CEO round table stressed that finding skilled workers is still the primary concern

another challenge is that robot manufacturers need to provide their products with intuitive operating software that is easy to learn and does not require traditional programmers

Robert Atkinson, chairman of the information technology and Innovation Foundation (itIf), said: the U.S. government has not taken enough measures to enhance the competitiveness of the United States in the field of robots. The National Science Foundation of the United States has indeed formulated a national robot plan to support research, but the financial support is basically insufficient, and it is not closely related to the needs of the industry. It only focuses on the auxiliary functions of robots rather than replacing the work of workers

arm CEO Byron Clayton said: the shortage of skilled workers is driving changes in the recruitment and training methods of potential and existing employees. Unskilled workers must learn the skills of operating, programming, maintaining robots and related required skills

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