Domestic AGV Market Size for FY2018 Attains 14,782 Million Yen, 106.0% of Previous Fiscal Year
Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) has conducted a survey on the domestic AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) market and has found out the transition of the market size, the trend of market players, and the future perspectives.
Favorable business climate in the domestic economy has encouraged the business to upgrade existing facilities and expand the new demands for equipment, giving rise to continue increasing the AGV market. The market has been driven by high-price AGV vehicles, but increased shipment of low-cost AGV has also contributed in expanding the market.
The domestic AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) market size in FY2017, based on the shipment value at manufacturers, grew to 13,950 million yen, 115.0% of the size of the previous fiscal year. The market has been quite brisk, with its size for FY2018 expected to achieve 14,782 million yen, 106.0% of the size of the preceding fiscal year.
Those AGVs without guiding rails can be categorized into the following two types: Those that need guiding path to be imbedded in the floors beforehand, and those that do not need any guiding paths.
With regard to AGVs that need guiding paths, most of the makers use magnet-sensor guidance, while other makers use optical reflection guidance. The guiding methods other than these two are rarely used. The guidance method of such AGVs affects little influence for the users to select which maker to adopt.
On the other hand, because most of AGVs without guiding paths use laser guidance, it is difficult to compare the difference by the maker from guidance methods. However, since software processing technologies directly link with product performance and user-friendliness, such technologies can be the element of representing the features. Laser-guided AGVs can be largely differentiated by adding an obstacle-avoidance function which is not available in guiding-path-needed AGVs. This increases the possibility of AGVs to coexist with humans in the working space and of wider application of AGVs to be explored.
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