North America’s automated material handling industry is a highly innovative and aggressively changing landscape. The author recently ordered lumber online for home delivery. This is a significant departure from typical operations just a few years ago. While airborne drone delivery of lumber is not in the foreseeable future, drones for product delivery have recently been approved and are in operation in certain sectors.
This rapidly changing industry has many reasons for its significantly shifting nature. While many changes are being driven by suppliers seeking a competitive advantage with faster, more accurate delivery of a wider selection of products, change is also driven by a labor market in which it is increasingly difficult to recruit, train and retain competent workers. Very few in the industry see automation as a means of reducing the workforce; rather, it is partly as a necessity for dealing with fewer operators and as a means of improving conditions for their employees.
The growth of automated equipment also means that information on the equipment and its operation is now available in huge quantities. Working with big data, sophisticated computer programs have been developed to not only control this equipment but also to use the data for numerous beneficial features. The growing interest in the Industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, blockchains and numerous other features are made possible by this automation.
An analysis of the significant number of patents granted and patent applications filed reveal important insights into the direction the automated material handling market is taking.
As defined in this report, the North American automated materials handling market is estimated to have been worth nearly REDACTED in 2018 and is estimated to increase to roughly REDACTED by 2024.
The warehouse and supply chain software markets, directly affected by this equipment but also developing on their own, is estimated to have been worth over REDACTED in 2018. It is projected to increase to nearly REDACTED by 2024.
This report will show that not all suppliers are adopting these newer innovations. There are a significant number of smaller providers who find that their current operations are sufficient to meet their customer’s needs. However, failure to understand and adapt to consumer changes and expectations developed in other industries may be a snare for some latecomers to this technology. Suppliers who may not see an immediate need for automated equipment can still benefit from software programs that are in development. Indeed, some suppliers will need to adopt these systems to be retained in the increasingly sophisticated supply chain management systems of others.
The scope of this report is specifically focused on automated industrial material handling equipment and software systems and programs in North America. The market is broken down by major equipment types, software programs and end user applications and industries. Further, regional breakdown of the markets in the United States and Canada are explored. The market is discussed with estimated values derived from available data.
This report focuses only on automated equipment. References are included for further information on traditional motive power industrial applications for material handling equipment. This report is not focused on the specialized equipment that may be automated for product manufacture. Most of that equipment is of specialized design to meet the needs of the manufacturer. However, the movement of finished goods and packaging and palletizing these goods for shipment to the attached warehouse or distribution centers is included. Material handling equipment is also used in large specialty applications such as ship cargo handling equipment, but this market was not considered.
The following are brief summaries of the chapters included in this report.
Chapter One presents the report’s scope, methodology and structure, as well as reasons for doing this study.
Chapter Two provides an executive summary of the information presented in this report.
Chapter Three introduces automated material handling equipment types, the basis for the classifications used in this report, trade publications, trade shows, trade organizations and major benefits of automated materials handling equipment and software systems.
Chapter Four discusses trends in the industry, introduces the innovative developments that lie ahead and presents challenges for supply chain managers.
Chapter Five provides a comprehensive overview of the automated material handling market and warehouse and supply chain market by equipment and software types. In forecasting the changes in this market, three scenarios are developed based upon several factors that are important for the industry. For the purposes of this report, the geographic areas studied include the United States and Canada. The scenarios developed are then applied to these two countries in Chapter Five.
Chapter Six investigates the market for automated materials handling equipment by application, end users and geographically by regions within the United States and Canada.
Chapter Seven looks at the changes occurring in the industry by examining recently granted patents and patent applications filed. It identifies the major innovators in this market space.
The report concludes with a special focus on the vendor landscape and includes detailed profiles of the major vendors in these markets. Further, it explains the major drivers and dynamics of the market and current trends within the industry.
This report details figures for 2018 and compound annual growth rate (CAGR) projections for 2019 to 2024. A discussion of emerging technologies describes the areas in which research is being performed and incentivized and their anticipated effects in future markets.
Note that values are expressed in millions of dollars. Totals are rounded to the nearest integer (i.e., less than $500,000 is expressed as <1) or “0” if appropriate. Values are based on the equivalent of retail, which is the price publicly advertised.
- 73 data tables and 190 additional tables
- An overview of North American market for automated material handling equipment
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2018, estimates of 2019, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2024
- Explanation of major drivers and regional dynamics of the market and current trends within the industry
- Knowledge about Zigbee, Bluetooth, RFID integration, and bar coding and explanation of their role in enhancing automated material handling equipment industry growth
- A look into issues and costs associated with automated equipment applications
- Detailed profiles of major players in the industry, including Aagard Group LLC, BluJay Solutions Inc., C&D Skilled Robotics Inc., Dematic Corp. and Honeywell Intelligrated
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for Doing This Study
Scope of Report
BCC Custom Research
Related BCC Research Reports
Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights
Chapter 3 Automated Material Handling Market and Technology Background
Supply Chain Operation
Material Handling Equipment
Automated Material Handling Equipment: Fundamental Types
Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems
Automatic Guided Vehicles
Conveyors and Sortation Systems
Benefits of Automated Materials Handling Equipment
Warehouse and Supply Chain Software
Supply Chain Management
Transportation Management Systems
Warehouse Control Systems
Warehouse Execution Systems
Warehouse Management Software
Yard Management Systems
Automated Material Handling Industry Trade Organizations
Association for Advancing Automation
Association for Manufacturing Technology
Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association
Contract Packagers Association
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Institute of Packaging Professionals
International Federation of Robotics
Industrial Truck Association
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association
Material Handling Industry
Organization for Machine Automation and Control
OpX Leadership Network
Robotic Industries Association
Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
Warehouse Education and Research Council
World Packaging Organization
Automated Material Handling Trade Publications
Material Handling & Logistics
Material Handling 24/7
Material Handling Network
Modern Materials Handling
Robotics Business Review
Supply Chain Management Review
Supply Chain 24/7
Automated Material Handling Trade Shows
Automation World Conference & Expo
International Manufacturing Technology Show
NextGen Supply Chain Conference
Supply Chain Challenges
Chapter 4 Trends in the Automated Material Handling and Software Markets
Trends in the Automated Material Handling Equipment Market
MHEDA Report: Trends in Supply Chain
Warehouse Vision Study
Supply Chain Digital Transformation
Traditional Fork Truck Operations
3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing)
Industrial Internet of Things
Automatic Supply Chain
MHI Innovation Awards 2019
Automation: Not for Everyone Right Now
Trends in Warehouse and Supply Chain Management Systems
Chapter 5 Market Breakdown by Automated Technology
Automated Material Handling Product Technology Types
Overall Automated Storage/Retrieval System Market Summary
Overall Automatic Guided Vehicle Market Summary
Overall Conveyor and Sortation System Market Summary
Overall Industrial Robotics Market Summary
Overall Order Picking Market Summary
Overall Packaging and Palletizing Market Summary
Overall Warehouse and Supply Chain Software Market Summary
Modern Materials Handling
Peerless Media and Logistics Management
Purchasing Managers Index
Market Forecast Scenarios
Automated Material Handling Equipment Market Forecasts
Warehouse and Supply Chain Software Market Forecasts
Chapter 6 Automated Material Handling Equipment and Software Market Breakdown
Automated Material Handling Equipment Market by Application
Trends in Applications
Automated Materials Handling Equipment Market by Application
Automated Materials Handling Equipment Market by End User
Wholesale Distribution and Logistics
Food and Beverage
Print and Publishing
Medical and Pharmaceutical
Bulk Order and Post
Automated Materials Handling Equipment Market by End User
Warehouse and Supply Chain Software Market by End User
Automated Materials Handling Equipment Market by Region
North American Geography
Chapter 7 Automated Material Handling Equipment and Software Patent Review
Automated Materials Handling Patents
Automated Material Handling Equipment-Related Patents
Automated Material Handling Equipment Patents Granted by Category
Automated Material Software Related Patents
Automated Materials Software Patents Granted by Category
Automated Materials Handling Patent Applications
Automated Material Software Related Patent Applications
Total Outstanding Automated Materials Patent Applications by Category
Chapter 8 Analysis of Market Companies
Automated Storage and Retrieval System Suppliers
Automatic Guided Vehicle Suppliers
Conveyor and Sortation System Suppliers
Industrial Robot Suppliers
Order Picking Equipment Suppliers
Packaging/Palletizing Equipment Suppliers
Warehouse Software Systems Suppliers
Chapter 9 Company Profiles
6 RIVER SYSTEMS
A-B-C PACKAGING MACHINE CORP.
AAGARD GROUP LLC
ACCUTECH PACKAGING INC.
AGVE (THE MURATEC GROUP)
ALLIEDFLEX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS INC.
ASCENT GLOBAL LOGISTICS
ASPEN TECHNOLOGY INC.
AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS INC.
BERKSHIRE GREY INC.
BLUJAY SOLUTIONS INC.
BOSSA NOVA ROBOTICS
C. H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE INC.
C&D SKILLED ROBOTICS INC.
CARTER CONTROL SYSTEMS INC.
COLUMBIA MACHINE INC.
CONVEYCO TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CORVUS ROBOTICS INC.
COUSINS PACKAGING INC.
DAIFUKU NORTH AMERICA
DESCARTES SYSTEMS GROUP INC.
DOUGLAS MACHINE INC.
ELITE STORAGE SOLUTIONS
ENGINEERING INNOVATION, INC.
EPICOR SOFTWARE CORP.
FANUC ROBOTICS AMERICA CORP.
FRAZIER INDUSTRIAL CO.
GENERIX GROUP NORTH AMERICA
HANEL STORAGE SYSTEMS
HMS INDUSTRIAL NETWORKS AB
HYTROL CONVEYOR CO. INC.
INFOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
INTEK INTEGRATION TECHNOLOGIES INC.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP. (IBM)
INTHER INTEGRATED SYSTEMS
LUCAS SYSTEMS, INC.
MATTHEWS AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC AUTOMATION INC.
MURATEC (MURATA MACHINERY USA INC.)
NACHI ROBOTIC SYSTEMS INC.
NERAK SYSTEMS INC.
OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL INC.
OMRON AUTOMATION AMERICAS
ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORP.
PACKSIZE INTERNATIONAL LLC
PATHGUIDE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
PORTABLE INTELLIGENCE, INC.
PRODUCTIVE ROBOTICS INC.
QUALITY SOFTWARE SYSTEMS INC. (QSSI)
RETHINK ROBOTICS INC.
RIGHTHAND ROBOTICS INC.
SAP AMERICA INC.
SAVANT AUTOMATION INC.
SCHAEFER SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, NORTH AMERICA
SEALED AIR CORP.
TAB WRAPPER TORNADO
TECH KING OPERATIONS (TREW)
TGW LOGISTICS GROUP
TM ROBOTICS (AMERICAS) INC.
TRANSBOTICS (SCOTT AUTOMATION)
UNIVERSAL ROBOTS USA
VANDERLANDE INDUSTRIES INC.
VIASTORE SYSTEMS GMBH
WAYPOINT ROBOTICS INC.
WESTFALIA TECHNOLOGIES INC.
WOLF ROBOTICS LLC
YALE MATERIALS HANDLING CORP.
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
Chapter 10 Appendix: Abbreviations
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