The evolution of automation and robotics has intensified industrial and technological development over the past few years.
A number of industries have started adopting robotics through varied integration strategies for effective operational performance.
Industrial sectors are focusing on 24*7 inspection and maintenance of operational processes for optimized industrial operation, thus improving demand for inspection robots.
Also, the continual effort of the industrial market players to reduce the overall cost of robots propels the market growth in several ways.
In addition, ultra-modern innovations in inspection robots, user convenience, and feasible integration with advanced technologies aid the growth of the inspection robot market.
Inspection is a crucial part of industrial operations. With inspection robots on board, routine inspections become easier in areas which are away from human reach like compact spaces, inside pipe lines, around vehicles or machineries, and so on.
Remote inspection with robots ensures the safety of workers in hazardous environment. Industries can easily conduct minute, detailed and continual inspection of its operational processes, thus controlling effective performance of equipments and process.
According to Allied Market Research, the global inspection robots market is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR from 2021 to 2030.
The availability of inspection robots for various use cases for multiple industrial sectors supports the market growth.
Additionally, the ongoing research and development projects, upcoming innovations and new launches in inspection robots market have the potential to transform the robot technology usage in various industrial sectors
After the piping, manufacturing, and transportation industries, the defense industry is all set to deploy inspection robots in its everyday operations.
U.S air force is developing FOD Dog, a four wheeled robot for foreign object debris (FOD) inspection for aircrafts.
This FOS Dog is described as ‘Roomba for runways’, and will scan runways for waste or foreign objects which can damage the aircraft or its parts.
The four-wheeled robot is a rugged chasis with laser sensors and electric motor. The scanner data can spot and identify FOD.
The scanning system works well in low visibility areas irrespective of favorable or unfavorable surrounding environment.
U.S air force signed a one year contract with TurbineOne and Siemens Government technologies for this development project and the working system prototype is expected by next January.
The inevitable workplace accidents have increased over the years. The inspection robots can help avoid and reduce fatal workplace injuries and accidents.
HausBots, a Birmingham-based company developed a gravity-defying robot HB1. HausBots developed HB1 robot can climb walls for building maintenance tasks and inspection of the site or buildings.
HB1 robot is developed in partnership with WMG SME group at the University of Warwick. The HB1 robot is an incredible innovation which can reduce workplace accidents and save human lives.
In disaster zones, it is difficult for the rescue teams to spot and provide help to affected people, specifically in hard to reach regions.
Drones are been a great help to provide necessary items in such regions, but it can’t rescue the injured human and provide medical help.
However, with robots there is a huge scope to spot and rescue affected humans from disaster zones.
A team of scientists of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia are researching to fix a jetpack (propulsion backpack) to an existing child-sized humanoid robot, icub.
The icub will have a system in its palms for controlling its direction and power, like Iron Man, a superhero from Marvel universe.
The humanoid icub could survey indoor and outdoor disaster sites, open doors and shut off valves for survivors, after reaching the target location.
The team of scientists hopes that the small size of icub and its flying ability will allow it to help in disaster zones for saving lives.
The initial phase of the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected the global inspection robots market.
During the first and second quarters of 2020, businesses were operating remotely, and many companies are still looking to continue the same pattern as the world is getting back to normalcy.
However, the post covid era demands new ways of working as several industries are not fully operational yet.
Due to this, the demand for remote inspection and controlling of operation is increasing, thus driving the growth of the global inspection robot market.
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With the growing market demand, the inspection robot market will gradually regain its previous shape.