Research and innovation in robotics in the power industry operations and technologies sector has declined in the last year.
The most recent figures show that the number of robotics related patent applications in the industry stood at 111 in the three months ending June – down from 113 over the same period in 2021.
Figures for patent grants related to robotics followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 61 in the three months ending June 2021 to 57 in the same period in 2022.
The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.
Robotics is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.
The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.
Siemens AG was the top robotics innovator in the power industry operations and technologies sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in Germany, filed 46 robotics related patents in the three months ending June. That was down from 50 over the same period in 2021.
It was followed by the Switzerland based ABB Ltd with 32 robotics patent applications, the United States based Honeywell International Inc (15 applications), and the United States based 3M Co (4 applications).
Honeywell International Inc has recently ramped up R&D in robotics. It saw growth of 6.7% in related patent applications in the three months ending June compared to the same period in 2021 - the highest percentage growth out of all companies tracked with more than 10 quarterly patents in the power industry operations and technologies sector.