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Planetary gearboxes: Seven things for mobile robot manufacturers to consider

31 October 2023

Mobile robot manufacturers must consider a range of factors when selecting planetary gearboxes. The global mobile robots market is expanding rapidly and forecasts for mobile robot revenues were recently increased as a result. With such a wealth of opportunities for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs), manufacturers providing products that meet customers’ needs will see sales grow.

(Image: Shutterstock)
(Image: Shutterstock)

Precision gears are an essential component within the motion control systems of mobile robots, and planetary gearboxes will continue to play a significant role in the market going forward. Just under 50 percent of precision gear products sold in 2022 had a planetary design, according to Interact Analysis.

In fact, mobile robots are predicted to become the number one industry for planetary gear products by 2026, as high levels of demand continue within the mobile robot industry. This demand is driven by labour shortages and increased demand for warehouse automation in the wake of the Covid-19 e-commerce boom.

Planetary gearboxes are ideal for mobile robots
Planetary gearboxes are the ideal compact high-precision servo motor solution for mobile robots, with estimates showing that the vast majority of mobile robots employing precision gear products will have planetary gears (~95 percent) by 2026. It is of paramount importance that mobile robot manufacturers select the best precision planetary gearboxes for the specific needs of their robots and applications.

Read the full article in DPA's November issue

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