Global Soft Robotics Grippers Market Size, Trends & Analysis - Forecasts to 2026 By Application (Medical and Healthcare, Food and Beverages, Logistics, Entertainment & Gaming, Automotive, Survey & Exploration, Cosmetic and Other Applications), By Type of Gripping Technology (By Actuation, By Controlled Stiffness, and By Controlled Adhesion), Competitive Landscape, Company Market Share Analysis, and Competitor Analysis
Soft robotics is the latest advancement in the robotics industry. This device helps manufacturers to render advanced picking solutions for irregular, variable, and delicate products. These grippers are highly flexible in terms of integration with the robotic arm of any brand and technology making it one of the most desired innovations in the industry. Grippers or most often called end effectors are connected with robots to cooperate with the product, product placement, and style of gripping. This delicate gripper comprises four fingers that are connected and a holder which is utilized to append the gripper to the robot. Moreover, many manufacturers have been launching soft robotic grippers with the capability of different gripper sizing in order to meet the needs of the different types of products and also meet the needs of the intensity of the gripping depending on the material of the product. Market players are also keen on launching grippers that do not require pre-training to get accustomed to a different type of products and environment. They are also highly comfortable in integration with other devices and with the robotic arm making these manufacturers the top players in the market, a few of which are Soft Robotics Inc., Soft Robot Tech Co., Ltd., FANUC Corporation, Zimmer Group, and RightHand Robotics Inc. among others. The major application area of these robots is in healthcare, logistics, food and beverages, entertainment & gaming, survey & exploration, automotive, cosmetic, and other industries that require the need of managing numerous small to medium-sized products. Hence, its high adoption or increasing demand which can curtail the human efforts of manually hand-picking products and also rule out human-based errors in the process will boost the market demand for grippers during the forecast period. This demand has invited enhancement in product quality, quantity and time, and automation to the downstream processing of all the above-mentioned industries.
Moreover, the increasing research activities to launch advanced grippers in the robotics industry will propel the market to grow rapidly from 2021 to 2026. Its application in the medical industry is booming and hence, the market is making its space in the surgical robot sector in emerging countries. The growing concern for human safety will further boost various opportunities and lead to the growth of the market. Besides, the rising number of automated factories and industries in the developing economies will pose an opportunity for the market to grow positively. However, lack of skilled expertise, the market may face a downfall in terms of slow adoption during the forecast period. The augment of gripper robotics has helped the manufacturers lower their downtime and increase their ROI (return of investment).
Based on the application, the market is split into medical and healthcare, food and beverages, logistics, entertainment & gaming, automotive, survey & exploration, cosmetics, and other applications. The food and beverage application segment will be the fastest as well as largest segment owing to the flourishing food and beverage sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rising consumption volume, and increasing demand for packaged food due to the increasing population. Also, the augment of automation in the downstream processing for food products that need constant storage and picking management has led this segment to be the top segment in the market. Moreover, rising funding and investment schemes for the development of food processing infrastructure will help the segment be dominant throughout the forecast period.
Based on technology the market is segmented into gripping by actuation, controlled stiffness, and control adhesion. In the soft robotic grippers market, actuation technology uses actuators that are specialized in grasping irregular objects, whereas, the technology which uses controlled stiffness consists of a set of gripper structures that are available in the soft configuration mode and grasp the object with variant stiffness, to hold it through caging mechanism. Soft grippers with controlled adhesion have high holding capacity due to large shear friction force. Because of the normal adhesion force onto the product surface, additional strategies for handling, holding and picking, and single?point grasping is possible. These features improve the dexterity and versatility of soft grippers. Hence, controlled adhesion will be the fastest growing segment in the market from 2021 to 2026.
As per the geographical analysis, the market can be classified into North America (the US, Canada, and Mexico), Asia Pacific (India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Rest of Asia Pacific), Europe (Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, and Rest of Europe), Middle East & Africa and Central South America. The availability of a skilled work force and the presence of high end manufacturing infrastructure in the US makes the North American region the dominant segment in the market. Moreover, increasing government expenditure on automation in process technology especially in high demand processed food packaging industry will help the market be the largest shareholder in 2021. However, the flourishing and growing automobile, pharma, healthcare, and food & beverage industry in the Asian region and the prominent presence of robot companies in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore will help the segment grow the fastest in the market.
Soft Robotics Inc., Soft Robot Tech Co., Ltd., FANUC Corporation, Zimmer Group, RightHand Robotics Inc., ReWalk Robotics Ltd., F&P Robotics AG, GROUND Inc, OnRobot, ROCHU Soft Robotic Gripper Group, AUBO Robotics, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, Techman ROBOT INC., ABB, KUKA AG, SMC, Universal Robots A/S, Weiss Robotics GmbH & Co. KG, JH Robotics Inc., Destaco, Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., Rethink Robotics, Applied Robotics, and KAWADA Robotics Corporation among others are the players in the soft robotics grippers market.
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The Global Soft Robotics Grippers Market has been studied from the year 2019 till 2026. However, the CAGR provided in the report is from the year 2021 to 2026. The research methodology involved three stages: Desk research, Primary research, and Analysis & Output from the entire research process.
The desk research involved a robust background study which meant referring to paid and unpaid databases to understand the market dynamics; mapping contracts from press releases; identifying the key players in the market, studying their product portfolio, competition level, annual reports/SEC filings & investor presentations; and learning the demand and supply-side analysis for the Soft Robotics Grippers Market.
The primary research activity included telephonic conversations with more than 50 tier 1 industry consultants, distributors, and end-use product manufacturers.
Finally, based on the above thorough research process, an in-depth analysis was carried out considering the following aspects: market attractiveness, current & future market trends, market share analysis, SWOT analysis of the company and customer analytics.
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