American companies are drastically increasing their investments in industrial robots, with the automotive industry driving a huge year over year increase in orders.
According to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), orders for robots have increased 19 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2019. The 8,572 orders from Q2 bring the year to date total to 16,448 orders, a 7.2 increase from 2018. The biggest reason for the increase? Automotive OEMs, who have ordered 83 percent more machine units than last year.
According to reports, more than 180,000 robots have been shipped since 2010. Declining costs and more versatile machines have resulted in more companies bringing robots into the fold.