Cleaning Robot Market

Global Industry Analysis (2018-2021), Growth Trends and Market Forecast (2022-2026)

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Maintaining a Clean, Pollution-free Ambience

From the time ‘Evolution Robotics’ released Mint, companies have realized the value of machines for completing simple, repetitive, heavy, or hazardous tasks - as well as how they can create opportunities for employees and free them up to spend time on higher value tasks. In high-cost countries where labor and resources are particularly expensive, robots can enable companies to take back parts of their business that have been previously outsourced.

The Appliance of the Future

Cleaning robots fall under either the autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) or autonomous mobile robot (AMR) category. AGVs possess minimal on-board intelligence and are capable of obeying simple programming instructions only. In contrast, AMRs generally contain more sophisticated, flexible, and cost-effective technology that allow for more sophisticated navigation and movement. Many have built-in safety features that protect against accidents, whether they’re used independently of, or collaboratively with, human workers. Through the use of sensors, lasers, and cameras, robots limit the exposure to damage.

The advancement of AI and IoT has opened up new opportunities for robots to interact and collaborate with humans. The development and evolution of MEMS have further improved the efficiency and accuracy of robots. Users can control robots with remotes or smartphones. A cleaning phase can be scheduled without the user being present in the house - a cleaning robot that can be monitored remotely, navigating autonomously through its cleaning routes, intelligently avoiding obstacles ~ all without the need for human intervention. Robots may indeed be the future of cleaning, eliminating the need for a window washer to put himself in the precarious position of dangling high above street level, the need for service sheets on the inside of restroom doors, and the need for human cleaning staff to perform time-consuming tasks day after day. Such scenarios and adaptability are fueling market growth.

These robots' compatibility with Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers has aided in the automation of these devices. Wi-Fi-connected cleaning robots are available on the market from companies such as Dyson (UK), iRobot (US), and Neato Robotics (US).

Safety & Security Concern and Unreliable Maid/Servant Boost Home Segment Sales

The use of a cleaning robot eliminates the need for a maid/caretaker because these robots can be programmed to clean at a later time and can also be controlled via a smartphone. Unlike earlier robots that were used solely for cleaning, latest models come with applications integrated other than cleaning. LG Electronics, for example, released the Hom-Bot Turbo+ cleaning robot in 2017 with new HomeGuard motion-detection technology capable of live-streaming video in a consumer's smartphone and automatically taking 5 photos if movement is detected. New applications would provide an opportunity for the cleaning robot market to grow in the near future.

Special-Purpose Cleaning Robots

Healthcare facilities, while they often appear spotless, can harbor bacteria even after a thorough cleaning - bacteria that are responsible for the more than two million secondary infections acquired each year in the U.S. Traditional cleaning methods can only kill so many bacteria, and over time pathogens have evolved a resistance to the chemical cleaners that have been used for decades. As a result, hospitals in the United States spend around $35 billion each year treating illnesses acquired at the hospital. Researchers at the Houston Technology Center created the Xenex to address this problem. The Xenex is a cleaning robot designed specially to kill bacteria in hospital rooms. The Xenex uses “pulsed xenon UV” light to disinfect rooms. It pulses with such high energy that very little exposure time is needed to completely disinfect a room, usually around 5 to 10 minutes. One of the hospitals that has been using the Xenex reported a 67 percent drop in infections over the past year from a potentially deadly superbug, Clostridium difficile (C-diff).

Treating another common hospital acquired infection, MRSA, costs the hospital about $28,000 per case, and testing with the Xenex has brought the incidence of MRSA down to zero in the intensive care units.

Use in Variety of Fields

The increasing use of cleaning robots in a variety of fields such as commercial, industrial, personal services, logistics, and medical has increased the demand for these robots' efficient performance.

  • Serbot AG, of Switzerland, is one company that has developed a line of robots designed to clean the glass outer surfaces of skyscrapers that move freely, independent of support systems such as guiderails. The model Gekko is designed to handle only flat surfaces, but it does so very quickly, and can clean a surface fifteen times faster than a human performing the same task.
  • Duct cleaning can be expensive due to the labor-intensive nature of the job and a certain level of specialty it requires. In addition to improving indoor air quality, regular duct cleaning can also lower cooling and heating costs, making it an especially valuable service for clients seeking environmental certifications. Fortunately, many companies have now developed robots designed especially for the task of crawling through air ducts and eliminating dust and debris from them.

Environment Friendly

They help minimize environmental impact including energy, CO2 emissions, ozone, smog, acid, eutrophication, and particulates. It’s cost effective, too. Today’s machines require less water and fewer chemicals - saving money on supplies while reducing downtime, thereby making cleaning crews more productive. This can help companies increase their bottom line and help service providers in particular gain a competitive advantage in the market.

Newfound Business in Covid Situation

The pandemic has accelerated and expanded robots to get cleaning job done and keep everyone safe. Public places like hospitals and industries are required to maintain standards of hygiene and cleanliness. Equipment manufacturers report that not only are robots being deployed to help with increased cleaning requirements and frequencies, but they are also playing a key role in keeping custodial staff safe by autonomously cleaning areas that might be infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Guests at hotels expect a welcoming reception, pleasant and well-arranged lobby and a spotless, comfortable room to use overnight during their travels. But with COVID-19, guests’ demand for cleanliness amplified. Likewise, hotel managers and cleaning crews need greater safety measures while also ensuring the workplace is sterile, they are now turning to self-cleaning robots to help.

  • Vacuum Cleaning Robots - use state-of-the-art technology to scan the room and build a visual representation or map of the space. Dirt detection and cleaning, cleaning robot for swimming pools
  • Disinfectant spraying robots - in parking lots or in areas outside and around buildings intended for high visitor traffic.
  • UV robots emit ultraviolet light in the C wavelength range to kill any viruses or bacteria living on its surface.

Fledging Business – More Robots Deployed than Ever

According to Fairfield Market Research initial estimates

Personal/Domestic Service Robots sales in 2026: USD xyz bn, +25% CAGR or xyz units, +28% CAGR)

Professional Service Robots sales in 2026: USD xyz bn, +28% CAGR or xyz units, +36% CAGR).

Asia remains the strongest market. Asia has two thirds of global supply. European Union has a differentiated picture: Germany remains the main user, followed by Italy, France and UK. The USA is the largest user in the Americas, followed by Mexico and Canada. South America´s number one operational stock is in Brazil.

The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) sets Industry Certification Standards.

Key Players

iRobot, Ecovacs Robotics, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Xiaomi, Roborock, SharkNinja, Neato Robotics, Cecotec Innovaciones, and Panasonic are a few key companies operating in the cleaning robot market.

  • January 2021, Samsung Electronics launched first Intel AI-powered smart robotic vacuum cleaner JetBot 90 AI+
  • September 2020, iRobot launched Roomba i3+, that offers intelligent navigation and self-emptying capability with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal
  • August 2020, Ecovacs Robotics launched the DEEBOT OZMO T8, detects object using the TrueDetect technology
  • June 2020, LG Electronics entered an agreement with Miele & Cie. KG for the latter to use the patent covering the robot vacuum cleaner technology
  • December 2019, Roborock started selling Roborock S5 Max in the US and Europe

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