The Global Packaging Robots Market, By Gripping Type (Clamp Type, Claw Type, Vacuum and Others) By Application (Picking, Packing (Tray, Cases and Other), Palletizing (Case Palletizing, Bag Palletizing and De-palletizing)), By End-use Industry (Food, Beverages, Cosmetics & Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Tracking, Logistics & Transport , Chemical Manufacturing, Consumer, Goods and Other End Use Industries) , and by Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, APAC and Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected to be valued at US$ 7,616.5 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 14.1 % during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.
A packaging robot is a specialty robotic system used for packaging operations. Manufacturers use packaging robots to make the process faster, accurate, and cost-efficient. Packaging robots are extremely flexible and are used for operations such as filling, primary packaging, secondary packaging, picking, placing, palletizing and de-palletizing. These robots are available in different sizes, payloads, reach, and mounting options. Packaging robots help to reduce labor cost, package time and provides the ability to lift larger packages. Moreover, these robots are easy to integrate into any type of workplace since they do not occupy a large space. These robots are majorly used in food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, chemical, electronics, tracking and logistic (warehouses) and consumer product industries.
The global packaging robots market was valued for US$ 2,646.1 Mn in 2019 is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 14.1% during the forecast period
High-degree customization offered by robot manufacturers is expected to boost the global packaging robots market growth during the forecast period
Technological advancements in robotics industry have enabled addition of prominent features such as high flexibility for manufacturers to customize robotic automation according to requirements. Robots are integrated into the packaging line and can utilize existing equipment with minimal modifications. Moreover, multiple axes, motion paths, inline steps, and angles can be easily programed through automation engineering. The manufacturers provide multiple options while selecting end-effectors such as reflex pick and gripper, mono pick, and multiple suction cup as per requirements from end-use industries. Furthermore, the advanced gripping mechanism offers a variety of gripers such as vacuum, clamp type, and claw type. Proper customization of robot automation integrated with packaging line provides better bottom-line results. Hence, these factors are expected to support the global packaging robots market growth during the forecast period.
Advent of advanced control options for convenient handling is expected to provide excellent growth opportunities
Conventional controllers use proprietary controllers, which require communication software and network interface integrated with PLC and motion controllers that can lead to problems associated with real-time synchronization of the robot and machine. However, technological advancements in robotics have led to development of user-friendly packaging robots. For instance, Packaging robot controller offered by Schneider Electric can control actions of up to 30 robots with single automation controller unit. It reduces efforts required for synchronization of the packaging robot and the machine, and also reduces hardware costs.
Challenges regarding safety issues and contamination concerns in food and pharmaceutical industries are expected to restrain growth of the global packaging robots market over the forecast period
Regulatory policies of local governments regarding safety and hygiene coupled with growing inclination of customers towards high-quality products are major factors boosting integration of advanced technologies in food and pharmaceutical industries. However, adoption of robotic automation in the said industries is limited due to direct contact of robot surface with products that can lead to contamination. Although timely maintenance, use of aluminum as material of construction, and use of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved grease can reduce the contamination, the cost of periodic maintenance increases the initial capital investment. Thus, these factors expected to restrain the market growth in the near future.
Since robots are deployed in more and more complex environments, it is crucial to safeguard robots. Role of variety of devices such as light curtains, safety controllers, and laser scanner has become apparent, in order to ensure there is no disruption in the production and packaging process. As companies are focused on scaling up their production and other processes, the need for the safeguarding of robots becomes even prominent, moving from conventional conditional logics of “If X, then Y”, which now has moved to simple safety modules and guard monitoring controllers.
Next-generation packaging robots offer innovative solutions to challenging circumstances that are faced by many industries including pharmaceuticals. In pharmaceutical industry, manufacturing of vaccines is the ideal example, which requires special handling capabilities with precision. Vision-aided conveyor tracking, built-in scanners for ease of shipping, tele camera-enabled code reader mounted on picking, and palletizing robots are some of the major technological advancements that enable pharmaceutical companies to speed up the packaging process. The next-generation robots cab pick and firmly place over 20 vaccine cartridges at a time and over 500 syringes in sixty seconds.
Key players operating in the global packaging robots market are Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Remtec Automation, LLC, Bosch Packaging Technology, Schneider Electric SE, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Brenton LLC, FANUC Corporation, Krones AG, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, and ABB Ltd.