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ROS-based Robot Market Current and Future Demand 2026 with Top Players Analysis

Author: Bis Rsrch
by Bis Rsrch
Posted: Aug 27, 2020
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The global robotic industry has experienced rapid technological advancements over the decades. Robots are considered to be the most valuable asset and have been used for various industrial as well as commercial applications. The robotic industry mainly caters to two types of applications i.e. industrial and service segments. Industrial segment includes automotive, electrical/electronic, metal and machinery, rubber and plastic, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and others whereas the service segment includes applications such as logistics and warehouse, public relations, defense and security, healthcare, agriculture, entertainment, household, and other such applications.

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Robots are the machines which automate the tasks that are usually carried out by humans. Initially, there were very few robots that were introduced into the manufacturing sector for performing some of the repetitive manufacturing operations. Gradually, other industries realized its potential across various applications that help the humans to save time and energy. In the mid of 20th century, there was a rapid surge in the demand of production and the industrial revolution was at its peak. Lack of labor forced industries to employ machines to perform tedious and repetitive jobs which could be performed with present instructions and negligible human interactions. The requirement of such machines led to the invention and popularization of numerically controlled devices.

Robot Operating System (ROS) is a meta-operating system for robotics which is something in between operating system and middleware. It provides high level functionalities apart from standard operating system services such as synchronous and asynchronous calls, robot configuration systems, centralized database, and so on. Prior to the existence of ROS, every robotic researcher and robotic designer spent a considerable amount of time on designing the embedded software within the robot, which demanded skills in electronics and embedded programming apart from mechanical engineering. The major idea of robotics OS is to offer standardized functionalities such as performing hardware abstraction, similar to conventional OS for PCs. ROS combines expertise from different disciplines as the field of robotics generally demands people to have diverse skill sets. Most of the existing OS are developed for a specific purpose, however, ROS is a general purpose OS. Nevertheless, it is not capable of carrying out every task. Hence, a proliferation in adoption of open source operating system in industrial and service robot in order to reduce development cost for robotic applications, has been witnessed.

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The first mechanized human-like figures were made in Greece. Ancient Greek engineer named Ctesibius developed water clocks in around 270 B.C. using automatons or loose figures. However, robots that mimicked lifelike behavior were first developed in 1948 by British robotics pioneer William Grey Walter and he named them Elmer and Elsie. In 1954, "Unimate", the first programmable and digitally-operated robot was invented by George Devol. In 1961, this robot went online in New Jersey in the General Motors automobile factory. Today, robots are being widely used for a number of purposes for carry out tasks more accurately, reliably, and cost effectively than humans.

The introduction of robots in manufacturing industry has rapidly transformed the process of production, further leading to a growing demand for more automated solutions (both hardware and software) to increase the visibility into the manufacturing process for increasing the production and decreasing the production cost. According to World Robotics report 2018, published by International Federation of Robotics, the total number of industrial robots sold in 2017 is approximately 381,000 which is 30% more than that in the previous year. This is expected to reach 630,000 units by 2021.

With recent developments in artificial intelligence, and machine learning, robots are becoming increasingly flexible and are available at a fraction of the cost of those used in manufacturing environments. The increasing demand for robots in every industry is forcing the developers to develop a standard for making the robotic applications that can be reused with different kind of robots. The challenge regarding the development of common platform was overcome by the development of ROS in 2007.

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Bis Research is a global B2B market intelligence and advisory firm focusing on those emerging technological trends which are likely to disrupt the dynamics of the market.

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