For the past few decades, infection prevention is highly focused by adopting various measure by countries. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) incur heavy costs and significant burden on a country’s economy. Globally, about 1 in 10 patients treated in the hospital are acquiring at least one HAI. However, HAIs do not receive much public attention, countries and healthcare organizations are focusing to eradicate this endemic economic burden. Also, this issue is quite prominent in low-and middle-income nations. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting its member states to build healthcare facilities and portable enhanced disinfection systems such as robots to address these threats with preparedness to prevent and control the dissemination of these infections associated with healthcare.
Cleaning Robots Market – The Future of Housekeeping
The intrinsic goal of any service industry is to create personalization and customer delight with their services. Frictionless communication among employees and with the customers also play a major role in this industry. Robot services are supporting the hotel sector growth, owing to wide adoption of automation in mundane operations of front-office, robot services are replacing the housekeeping staff with their high-efficacy. Moreover, a significant part of the customer base of the hospitality industry is enticed to look forward to human-robot interaction. With these demands from the hospitality industries, players of the cleaning robots market are thriving with innovations in new products.
Recently, patent-pending smart robot “CleanseBot” was launched that claims to be the World’s first robot to kill 99.9% of Escherichia coli bacteria. This pocket-sized sanitizing and disinfecting “ready to travel” robot will fulfill the demands of the hotel industry—where huge amount of bacteria and germs can be found. The product is embedded with 18 sensors, 4 UVC lamps, and artificial intelligence which help to remove germs from any surface. Similarly, advancements from other players such as LG and Maidbot are thriving in the hotel as well as in the hospitality industry.
North America was estimated as most lucrative region in the global cleaning and disinfection robots market, with a share of 39% in 2018. Robots held a predominant part of North America’s economy from the past few years. Researchers in Canada estimated that HAIs cases of about 220,000 resulted in 8,500 to 12,000 deaths per year, making HAIs the fourth leading cause of death in the country. Thus, Canada is leveling-up its healthcare standards and introducing numerous UV robots to handle cleaning and disinfections in hospitals to minimize the widespread of HAIs. As a result, the cleaning and disinfection robots market is thriving in Canada.
The U.S. – A Global leader in the Robots Market
The U.S. is one of the top five countries leading the global robots market with about 6% growth during 2016-2017. The robot installations pertaining to manufacturing industries are driving these sales. However, recent demand influx is observed in the personal and domestic service sectors of the robots industry. This increasing demand is primarily attributed to growth of the cleaning and disinfection robots in the domestic sector that is supporting the government and healthcare initiatives to mitigate HAI cases. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), around 1 in 25 inpatients are infected by HAIs in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S is investing in research activities and initiating action plans and tool kits to eliminate HAIs. These initiatives are setting stringent cleaning and disinfecting processes in hospitals of the U.S.
Recently, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton of New Jersey, the U.S., added a robot to its staff. Tru-D, Total Room ultraviolet disinfection, a UVC disinfection robot that helps to keep HAIs at bay. In one cycle, this robot delivers a measured and automated dose of UVC light to disinfect the room consistently and keep patients and staff safe from harmful infections. Furthermore, the hospital management is embracing this innovative and scientifically-validated technology which serve their stringent cleaning process by adding extra cover. Consequently, the healthcare sector of the U.S. and Canada are widely inculcating these instances to reinforce their cleaning processes. Thus, the disinfection robots market is further augmenting in North America.
Industrial Segment Driving the Cleaning and Disinfection Robots Market Growth
With the advent of Industry 4.0, robots are advancing in primary industries such as mining and agriculture as well as in secondary industries such as food processing and manufacturing in automating routine tasks such as lifting and moving in inventory etc. Besides, for cleaning hallways, floors, and equipment the demand is evolving. These tasks are often daunting as they require abundant workforce and energy. For instance, duct cleaning that is expensive is made easy by cleaning and disinfection robots. These robots for duct cleaning and other industrial cleaning applications are remotely managed by a human operator. They can reach areas where humans cannot. With various benefits, the cleaning and disinfection robots market is accelerating with a CAGR of 24.2%, during the forecast period.
Vacuum and Floor Cleaning Robots occupying special place in the Residential Sector
Cleaning floor is often a tedious job which consumes energy and time. With automation, robotic floor cleaners are gaining prominence in the residential sector. Furthermore, personal and domestic service robot market is increasing every year. Unlike traditional canisters, robotic cleaners are autonomous and intelligent. Besides, they can be programmed with the help of Wi-Fi, activated with Amazon Alexa or Google assistant, and controlled with a smartphone making them more user-friendly and personalized for the residential users.
New Roomba i7+ launched by iRobot is distinctive from other cleaning robots available in the marketplace. It can remember the house layout and clean it with more efficiency and autonomously recharging on a new clean base dock that has its own large dustbin are exceptional. This innovation is huge success in the cleaning robots market. The industry players look forward to innovating robots as such. Moreover, robots’ sales for domestic services experienced a growth of 31%, during 2016-2017 and estimated to reach about 6.1 million units, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). These domestic services include vacuum cleaning, window cleaning, lawn-mowing, and other types of household cleaning activities. Therefore, the cleaning robots market growth is expediting with surging vacuum and floor cleaning applications in residential sector.
Key Players in the Global Cleaning and Disinfection Robots Industry
The major companies operating in cleaning and disinfection robots market share are iRobot, Dyson, Intellibot Robotics, Neato Robotics, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Ecovacs, Eufy, Xiaomi, Alfred Karcher, and ilife Robotics. These key players are innovating new products tailored as per the industry needs.
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