The manufacturers and systems integrators that gathered for ABB's 2010 Robotic Technology Days, April 21-22, in Auburn Hills, Mich., showed up in good moods. The economy looks to be slowly emerging from the depths, and the technological innovations haven't slowed down during the slowdown.
The past 16 months have been very sobering for those involved in the robotics industry. It has slumped with the automotive and automotive components industries, where most robots are used in the U.S.
According to Paul Kellett, director of market analysis, Robotic Industry Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., shipments of industrial robots in 2009 decreased by more than 50 percent when compared to 2008, from 16,242 in 2008 to 7,864 in 2009. Shipments in early 2010 remain sluggish as well. (more...)