Gantry Robot Companies - Güdel (Switzerland) and Liebherr (Germany) are the Key Players

The global gantry robot market size is projected to grow from USD 3.1 billion in 2020 to USD 4.1 billion by 2025; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2020 to 2025. Increasing adoption of pre-engineered gantry robots and standardization of robot programming along with the use of the latest networking protocols is driving the market for gantry robots.

Major Gantry Robot Companies Include:

  • Toshiba Machine (Japan),
  • Liebherr (Germany),
  • Güdel (Switzerland),
  • Bosch Rexroth (Germany),
  • Yamaha Motor (Japan),
  • Macron Dynamics (US),
  • IAI (Japan), Cimcorp (Finland),
  • OMRON (Japan)

On the other hand, the flexibility of gantry systems makes them more suitable for rapidly changing industry requirements. Linear modules can be reused or added to a gantry robot as per requirements, reducing initial investment as well as upgrade costs. Growing demand for gantry robots in medium and large scale industries is also expected to contribute to the growth in the gantry robot market.

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Although the gantry robot market is growing at a moderate pace, it is moderately competitive owing to the presence of several key global players as well as several regional players playing a key role in the growth of the market. Key strategies adopted by these players to enhance their product portfolios and expand their presence in the market mainly include new product launches and expansions. For instance, in March 2019, Güdel (Switzerland) started offering condition monitoring systems and software solutions based on IIoT technology for track rollers used in gantry robots. This will enable the preventive maintenance of the robotic system. In October 2019, Bosch Rexroth (Germany) launched a new frame size 140 for its MKK and MKR linear modules.

Along with the previously offered frame sizes, i.e., 40, 65, 80, and 110, and the new frame of 140, the MKK linear modules can be adapted for applications such as handling iron cast materials and assembling iron casted machines or automotive bodies, wherein corrosion resistance is of utmost importance. These modules minimize the installation and integration efforts needed for setting up a robotic system. Apart from this, market players have also adopted the strategies of expansions to expand their geographical reach. For instance, in September 2019, Toshiba Machine (Japan) established a local subsidiary—SHIBAURA MACHINE EUROPE S.R.L.—in Italy to enhance its sales and service support for the products offered by the company in the European market. In March 2019, Cimcorp (Finland) established an office in Chennai, India, to better serve its Asian customers due to the growing demand for automation in the tire industry.

Güdel (Switzerland) started by manufacturing good quality drive technology components such as racks and pinions and linear guideways back in 1960, and by 1991, it developed the ZP (2-axis) and FP (3-axis) series of gantry robots, capable of handling payloads of more than 2,700 Kg. In 1995, Güdel developed the TrackMotion (TMO) drive axis that allowed the attachment of articulated robots with its gantry robots. The TrackMotion system was improved further in 2014 for high-precision applications and different positions (elevated, wall, and ceiling). Gantry robots are offered with up to 3-axis configuration as a standard. The ZP and FP series of robots are offered to date, along with several new series of multi-axis robots. Robots offered by the company have a payload capacity of 41 Kg to 5,303 Kg. The company offers robots with two types of drives: rack and belt drives. Robots with belt drive systems (Type MLB) are more suitable for general handling applications, whereas rack drive robots are geared for precision applications.

A distinctive feature of these robots is that the position of the support legs can be adjusted according to the position of the gantry beam. These robots can perform a variety of tasks, including packaging, palletizing, joining (bonding, welding, etc.), cutting, assembling, and testing. Güdel has subsidiaries in more than 20 locations across the world; a few of them are Güdel Germany GmbH, Güdel S.r.l. (Italy), Güdel SAS (France), Güdel TSC S.A. de C.V. (Mexico), Güdel Inc. (US), and Güdel India Pvt. Ltd. Most of the subsidiaries are located in Europe, while the rest are located in the US, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and India.

Liebherr (Germany) is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery but has businesses in other areas as well. Liebherr has 10 business divisions: Earthmoving Equipment, Mining, Mobile Cranes, Tower Cranes, Concrete Technology, Maritime Cranes, Gear Technology and Automation Systems, Aerospace & Transportation Systems, Domestic Appliances, and Others. Gantry robots are offered as a part of the Gear Technology and Automation Systems business division. The company offers two types of gantry robots—linear gantry robots and area gantry robots. 10 variants of linear gantry robots are offered with a payload capacity ranging from 40 Kg to 1,000 Kg. Area gantry robots, on the other hand, are more flexible and modular than that of linear gantry robots as the modular structure of the cross guide carrier can cover different widths.

Five types of robots are offered under this category, with payload capacity from 140 Kg to 1,000 Kg. These gantry robots are used in several industries, such as automotive, aerospace, construction, mining, and battery production for applications such as palletizing, handling, storage, transport, and loading/unloading. Liebherr has over 130 subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The company also has around 30 sales and service centers across the world; its main service site is located in Germany. For the Gear Technology and Automation Systems business division, the company has production sites at 5 locations–Saline (US), Kempten (Germany), Ettlingen (Germany), Collegno (Italy), and Bengaluru (India).

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