North America Robot Sensor Market size exceeded USD 900 million in 2021 and is anticipated to showcase around 10% growth rate between 2022 and 2028.
The rapid rise in production and sales of robotic systems across North America is a major growth driver for the regional industry. According to estimates from A3 (Association for Advancing Automation), North America witnessed a nearly 28% rise in robot sales over 2020. Major industrial sectors including construction, agriculture, healthcare, and others have shifted their focus toward the integration of robotic systems into their business operations to boost progress.
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Technological improvements, simplification of applications, and newer financial models are also facilitating automation, especially in smaller businesses, thereby boosting their efforts to alleviate the impact of ongoing labor shortages and enhance productivity. With robotic technologies becoming standard components in various industrial sectors, the need for necessary components like sensors could rise.
COVID-19 Impact on North America Robot Sensor Market
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak emerged as a global health crisis in early 2020, many industrial sectors have faced unprecedented challenges. The robotics industry, however, showed considerable resilience during the pandemic, despite an initial drop in demand. Over the past two years, however, demand for robotic systems has improved greatly, especially in North American regions like the U.S. which is recovering steadily from the impacts of the COVID-29 pandemic.
This recovery has manifested mainly in the form of a shift towards the use of automation technologies like robots, which have proven to be beneficial in addressing labor shortages during the pandemic. According to A3 reports, industrial users like factories ordered over 29,000 robots in 2021, indicating a rise of 37% over the previous year, positioning robotic systems as viable alternatives to human workers displaced during the crisis. This pivot towards robotics and growing acceptance of the technology across the region could pave the way for the market growth.
The vision robot sensor industry will surpass USD 510 million revenue by 2028, driven by rising demand for vision-guided robots. These robots are designed to improve manufacturing efficiencies, with the help of vision sensors that can use orientation, accuracy, and presence of surrounding objects to help them navigate across the facility and provide important information regarding quality, flaws, and measurement tolerances that conventional “blind” robots are unable to provide.
The emergence of robotics and automation technologies are contributing significantly to progress in the agricultural sector, despite the steadily shrinking supply of workers. Robotic systems are giving rise to newer and more sustainable approaches to agriculture with minimization of chemical usage, conservation of resources, and shorter time-to-market.
Robotic sensors are proving to be especially useful in the emerging field of vertical farming. Advanced sensor technologies in agricultural robots allow vertical farm operators to collect and analyze important data for waste reduction and yield improvement, which could further augment the industry dynamics.
Canada robot sensor market will grow at a commendable pace during the forecast period, due to increasing investments from Canadian automation entities to expedite the integration of automation technology into the manufacturing domain.
For instance, in February 2021, a consortium co-founded by NGen (Next Generation Manufacturing Canada) announced its intention to commit USD 11 million to the development of flexible and smarter automation systems designed for use across various manufacturing applications. Led by Quebec-based firms AVR&R and Promark, alongside aerospace tech firm MDA, the consortium was focused on integrating industry 4.0, AI, data sharing, and collaborative robotics into adaptable and flexible manufacturing environments.
Prominent participants operating across the North America market are Rockwell Automation, Inc., Fanuc Corporation, ATI Industrial Automation, Inc., ams AG, Keyence Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., and Cognex Corporation. These companies are employing various strategic initiatives to strengthen their foothold in the market, including new product launches and R&D investments.