FMI: Robotic Palletising Market to Reach US$2.4bn by 2022
The need for efficiency and safety in the e-commerce industry is at an all-time high. With the rise of robotic process automation (RPA) no longer mitigated to only the horizon, (FMI) have found in their latest report, , that robotic palletisers are likely to boom in the years to come.
The Reports Exhaustive Analysis
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The new study found an increasing demand within the e-commerce industry for single-SKU pallets, typically used for warehouse and retail fulfilment. This surge in demand was found to most likely rise in the industrial packaging sector, where the need for efficient, smaller-scale robotic palletisers would be most felt. This surge in robotic investment pushes manufacturers to look for in-built flexibility to maintain reliability and to avoid user costs regarding reprogramming. FMI found that this demand is likely to push the market valuation over US$2.4bn by 2022.
This comes as no surprise when considering that traditional palletisers and de-palletisers would often require a larger space to function, unlike their booming little brothers, the latter of which has since become that much more preferable to end-users. FMI found that the food and beverages industry, which accounts for nearly one-third of the global market share, emerged as the leading end-user type.
The research also forecast that articulated robots, whilst emerging dominant among other machine types, may well reach a market valuation of US$1.6bn by the end of 2025. Articulated robotics specifically are designed to be accurate and efficient, and sometimes controlled by artificial intelligence (AI). The emergence of this robotic work-force exists, if nothing else, to pave the way for the futuristic production houses we may one day rely on.
Overall, the report found that the need within the market for smaller, more agile robotic systems to push smaller loads at a larger volume would be based on the growth within the packaging and warehouse industry, adoption of more modern technologies and the growth of the e-commerce industry itself.
Hexagon Revolutionises Manufacturing Design Process
A global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions, Hexagon recently announced that complex CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulations can now be completed with the help of the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku. Before this breakthrough, CFD simulations were far too expensive and time-consuming to run. Now, however, engineers can use these high-detail simulations to explore new ideas, iterate their designs, and optimise next-gen aircraft and electric vehicle manufacturing.
Thanks to Hexagon, manufacturers can now analyse what they’re up against before starting their build process—with one-third the energy use of traditional simulations and a fraction of the cost. This is only the latest step in Hexagon’s mission to use design and engineering data to speed up smart manufacturing. As the company wrote: ‘The idea of putting data to work is part of Hexagon’s DNA’.
What Are CFD Simulations?
Simply put, they’re simulations so complex and powerful that engineers usually have to spend hours upon hours simplifying their designs. 90% of an engineer’s time can centre around this task—but not with Fugaku-powered simulations. Now, original designs can be fed into the simulation software, reaching a much closer approximation of reality.
With the ARM-powered Fugaku supercomputer, Hexagon’s Cradle CFD clients can now reduce simulation cost, conserve valuable energy, and integrate high-detail simulations into their daily operations. At a time when the automotive and aerospace industries are racing to bring safe and sustainable transport options to market, in fact, CFD simulations could be the key to success.
How Does CFD Change the Game?
As auto manufacturers transition to electric vehicles, they must understand how design adjustments will affect the vehicle in real-time. Instead of physically iterating their blueprints, they’d rather work it out in theory. With CFD, engineers can now pre-test critical safety, performance, and longevity features—for example, how aerodynamics will interact with energy efficiency, or how thermal management will operate under a range of parameters. Essentially, CFD simulations speed up the design process and cut down on costly mistakes.
Said Roger Assaker, President of Design & Engineering in Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division: ‘Simulation holds the key to innovations in aerospace and eMobility. Advances such as the low-power Fugaku supercomputing architecture are one of the ways we can tap into these insights without costing the Earth, and I am delighted by what our Cradle CFD team and our partners have achieved’.
How Did Testing Unfold?
- Prototyped a typical family car. This is only possible with enhanced computing power. The car model consisted of 70 million elements using 960 cores and was simulated until it reached a steady-state using the RANS equation over 1000 cycles.
- Simulated transonic compressible fluid around an aeroplane. Made up of approximately 230 million elements, the simulation used 4,000 nodes using 192,000 computing cores and relied on 48,000 processes via Message Passing Interface (MPI).
Tomohiro Irie, Hexagon’s Director of R&D for Cradle CFD, commented on the recent progress: ‘I expect that these technical developments will contribute to making the power of Fugaku more accessible for general use, bringing huge freedom and improved insights to engineering teams solving tomorrow’s problems today’.
Overall, Hexagon intends to continue driving product innovation forward, with smart manufacturing that adapts to conditions in real-time, pursues perfect quality, and optimises designs for zero waste. And there’s little doubt about it. With 20,000 employees in 50 countries, coupled with Fugaku’s supercomputing capabilities, Hexagon is uniquely poised to succeed.