Domestic AGV/Transport Robot 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)/transport robot 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/Transport robot market. The market has been driven by high-price AGV vehicles, but increased shipment of low-cost AGV kits has also contributed in expanding the market.
The domestic AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle)/transport robot 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.
About Guidance Methods
Those AGVs/transport robots 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 manufacturers use magnet-sensor guidance, while other manufacturers 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 manufacturers to adopt.
On the other hand, because most of transport robots without guiding paths use laser guidance, it is difficult to compare the difference by the manufacturer 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 transport robots can be largely differentiated by adding an obstacle-avoidance function which is not available in guiding-path-needed AGVs. This increases the possibility of coexistence with humans in the working space and of wider application of AGVs and transport robots to be explored.
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