The global industrial automation market has almost doubled over the past decade, which is almost twice as fast as overall industrial production. The industry is driven by a need for greater flexibility to manufacture different products on the same production line, with improved reliability, higher precision and energy savings. The trend is foreseen to continue in the coming five to seven years.
The market is gradually shifting, especially in Europe and the United States, from using pneumatic or hydraulic drives, to electromechanical drives, as they require much less energy. This shift represents a potential growth for electromechanical robotic joining tools of 20 to 30% annually, depending on the application.
SKF’s offer and role in the market
SKF supports the automation industry at the very early design phase of industrial robots, commonly used in material joining and forming processes on assembly lines. The process of joining various types of materials using different joining technologies is heavily used in the automotive and aerospace industries.
To meet the growing demand for electromechanical robotic tools, SKF supplies customers with a complete electromechanical actuator solution that integrates products, solutions and services from SKF’s technology platforms. Compared with pneumatic or hydraulic processes, it requires only a fraction of the energy needed for the materials joining process. In some cases energy savings of over 90% have been achieved by manufacturers using SKF’s solutions. SKF also supplies planetary roller screws and the inverted roller screw. It has several important features such as acceleration and speed far beyond the limits of ball screws, a high level of shock resistance, and superior motor downsizing, helping customers improve production flexibility and precision, machine reliability and achieve further energy savings.