Snake Robots Market Size, Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2015 to 2021

Snake robot device market at $33.6 million in 2012 are anticipated to reach $2.3 billion by 2019 as next devices, systems, and instruments are introduced to manage access to difficult spaces through small ports when large openings are unavailable or inconvenient.

A new study Snake Robots Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2015 to 2021. The 2015 study has 465 pages, 206 tables and figures. Worldwide snake robot markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the next generation units provide an access and movement mechanism that is unique and useful in a variety of industries. Target markets are for confined spaces.

Confined spaces exist. A confined space exists because of a lack of ability to take apart or dismantle components. Confined spaces exist in nuclear reactors where radiation is dangerous for human, aircraft inside the wings and other small spaces that need to remain intact, the human body which likewise cannot be dismantled easily, industrial processing plants that have containers, underwater environments, ship-building, and space. Buildings, roads, pipelines and other man-made spaces all have confined spaces. The world is full of awkward confined spaces. Snake-arm robots are self-contained portable devices and extensions to existing systems. These products build on software and hardware technology.

Snake robots used for small space access, inside airplane wing access, first responder tasks, and surgery: They are used for going where nothing else can go. Snake robots provide systems that significantly improve traditional open surgery by consolidating the number of minimally invasive access ports to one and eliminating open surgery. The automated process revolution has come to robotics, used in surgery, industry, ships, airplanes, first responder help, and communications. Automated process is being implemented via robots. Robots are automating systems, providing significant improvement in the accuracy of surgery and penetration of spaces that were previously impenetrable.

According to Susan Eustis, lead author of the study, “A confined space needs long smooth snake shapes to achieve access. Confined spaces exist by design (aircraft engine), by failure (collapsed building) or naturally (human body). Existing open surgery can be replaced in large part by robotic and minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Minimally invasive surgery MIS, drug therapies, radiation treatment, and emerging interventional surgical approaches complement robotic surgery techniques as a replacement for or complement to open surgery. The snake robots reduces the number of ports needed to gain access and repair the heart.”

According to Susan Eustis as she continued: “The companies that get an early foothold in the market have significant strategic advantage. The robotic snake leverages a new technique for robotic movement that benefits users by providing efficient access to difficult spaces. This factor is driving demand for snake robot systems. Since robotics provides a precise, repeatable and controlled ability to perform procedures in tight spaces, they are increasingly in demand.”

During a robot assisted surgical procedure, the patient-side cart is positioned next to the operating table with the electromechanical arms arranged to provide access to the initial ports selected by the surgeon. Metal tubes attached to the arms are inserted through the ports, and the cutting and visualization instruments are introduced through the tubes into the patient’s body. The surgeon performs the procedure while sitting at a console, manipulating the instrument controls and viewing the operation through a vision system. When a surgeon needs to change an instrument the instrument is withdrawn from the surgical field using the controls at the console. This is done many times during an operation.

The aging US population has supported demand for robotic surgical instruments, since the occurrence of health issues that require medical devices is higher in the elderly population. Buoyed by strong demand and sales, industry profit margins have increased. Snake robot device markets at $33.6 million in 2012 are anticipated to reach $2.3 billion by 2019 as next devices, systems, and instruments are introduced to manage access to difficult spaces through small ports when large openings are unavailable or inconvenient.

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Table of Contents

1. SNAKE ROBOTS MARKET DESCRIPTION AND MARKET DYNAMICS 53

1.1 Snake Robots Automate Process 53

1.2 Modsnake Robots 54

1.2.1 Modsnake Robots Support Human Workers 55

1.3 Snakelike Robots Slither over Rough Landscape 56

1.4 Snake Robots Locomote 56

1.5 Serpentine Robot Applications 57

1.5.1 Seizing the Robotics Opportunity 58

1.5.2 Modular Self-Reconfiguring Robotic Systems 59

1.6 Mobile Robotics 59

1.7 Next Generation Snake Robotics 61
2. SNAKE ROBOTS MARKET SHARES AND MARKET FORECASTS 62

2.1 Snake Robot Market Driving Forces 62

2.2 Snake Robots Market Shares 73

2.2.1 HiBot / Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM 76

2.2.2 OC Robotics Snake-Arm for Aircraft Assembly 78

2.2.3 Sarcos Snake Robot Magnetic Track 79

2.2.4 Sarcos Robot Inspection Of Ship Ballast Tanks 80

2.2.5 Medrobotics Minimally Invasive Equipment Surgical Robots 80

2.2.6 Medrobotics Positioning 81

2.2.7 Medrobotics highly articulated robotic probes 81

2.2.8 SINTEF Robot Snakes Climb Pipes 84

2.3 Snake Robot Market Forecasts 84

2.3.1 Industrial, Medical, and Military Snake Robot Market Segment Forecasts 90

2.3.2 Nuclear, Oil & Gas Snake Robots Markets 95

2.3.3 Construction and Mining Snake Robots Market 99

2.3.1 Surgery Snake Robots Market Forecasts 102

2.3.2 Medical Surgical Snake Robot Market Forecasts 104

2.3.3 Military Snake Robot Market Forecasts 105

2.3.4 Aerospace Snake Robot Market Forecasts 107

2.3.5 Confined Space and High Wire Snake Robot Market Forecasts 113

2.4 Snake Robot Prices 116

2.4.1 Inaccessible Spaces – OC Robotics 116

2.4.2 Medrobotics 116

2.5 Snake Robots Regional Market Analysis 118
3. SNAKE ROBOT PRODUCT DESCRIPTION 121

3.1 OC Robotics 121

3.1.1 OC Robotics Addresses Confined Space Problem 121

3.1.2 OC Robotics LaserSnake for Decommissioning Complex Structures In Hazardous, Confined Nuclear Environments 124

3.1.3 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots For Aircraft Assembly 126

3.1.4 OCRobotics Snake Robot Aerospace Applications 128

3.1.5 OCRobotics Snake-Arm Tools 129

3.1.6 OCRobotics Aerospace Applications 131

3.1.7 OC Robotics Snake-Arms For Security 134

3.1.8 OC Robotics Snake-Arms for Construction 135

3.1.9 OC Robotics Snake-Arms for Industrial Application 136

3.1.10 OC Robotics The Explorer Range 137

3.1.11 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Control 142

3.1.12 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Simulator 143

3.1.13 OC Robotics Snake-Arm for Aircraft Assembly 143

3.1.14 OC Robotics Extender Snake Range Of –Motion Robots Reach The Unreachable 144

3.1.15 OC Robotics Snake-Arm – 148

3.1.16 OC Robotics 149

3.1.17 OC Energy & Environment Robotics 150

3.2 Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot 152

3.2.1 Sarcos Snake Robot Magnetic Track 157

3.2.2 Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot Climbing Ferromagnetic Surface Pole 158

3.2.3 Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot Camera Applications 161

3.2.4 Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot Ship Systems Inspection Applications 163

3.2.5 Sarcos Robot Inspection Of Ship Ballast Tanks 163

3.2.6 Sarcos Robotic Arm For Inspecting On Board Water Tanks 164

3.2.7 Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot Traverse Capabilities 168

3.3 Medrobotics Technology 169

3.3.1 Medrobotics Flex® Retractor 171

3.3.2 Medrobotics Flexible Robot Platform 172

3.3.3 Medrobotics Snakelike Robots for Oropharynx, Hypopharynx and Larynx Surgery 173

3.4 University of Michigan All-Terrain Robotics: 176

3.4.1 University of Michigan Mobile Robotics Lab Omnitread 180

3.4.2 OmniTread Robot Snakes 182

3.5 Applied Robotics Technologies, LLC 184

3.5.1 The FLEXnav Proprioceptive Position Estimation (PPE) System 184

3.5.2 Applied Robotics Technologies Pricing 185

3.5.3 Heuristic Drift Reduction for Gyros in Vehicle Tracking Applications 186

3.5.4 Applied Robotics Technologies Key Benefits 189

3.5.5 Applied Robotics Technologies Pricing 189

3.6 NASA Robotic Snakes 189

3.7 Canadian Robotics Ltd. 190

3.8 Japan Guru World-Class Snake Robotics 190

3.9 Hibot Thesbot 191

3.9.1 Hibot Pipetron 192

3.9.2 HiBot Expliner 192

3.9.3 HiBot ACM-R4H 194

3.9.4 HiBot ACM-R5 194

3.9.5 Hibot ACM-R5 Amphibious Robosnake 196

3.9.6 HiBot Japanese Snake Robot 197

3.9.7 Maintaining High Voltage Transmission Lines Using Robotics 199

3.9.8 Hydro-Quebec Research Institute (IREQ)LineScout tele-operated obstacle crossing system 199

3.9.9 HiBot Expliner 200

3.9.10 America’s Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Autonomous Version 200

3.10 Tesla Unveils Snakelike Robot Charger for Electric Cars 201

3.11 Unifire Robotic Nozzles 202

3.11.1 Unifire Advanced, Fully Automatic Robotic Nozzle System 208

3.12 University of Southampton. 210

3.13 CCTV Inspection 210
4. SNAKE ROBOT TECHNOLOGY 212

4.1 Actuated Joints In A Tight Volume 212

4.2 OC Robotics 213

4.2.1 OC Robotics Develops Snake-Arm Robots For Confined Spaces 214

4.2.2 OC Robotics Snake Arm Actuator Pack 216

4.2.3 OC Robotics Snake Arm 217

4.2.4 OC Robotics Tool 217

4.2.5 OC Robotics Confined Space Piece Manipulation 218

4.2.6 OC Robotics Confined Space Reach 219

4.3 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robot Basics 221

4.3.1 OC Robotics Snake Robot Curvature – 225

4.3.2 OC Robotics Protective Skins 227

4.3.3 OC Robotics Manages Hazardous Environments – 228

4.3.4 OC Robotics Software – SoftSnake 229

4.3.5 OC Robotics PipeSnake 230

4.3.6 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots Aircraft Assembly 234

4.4 CISST ERC Snake Robot 239

4.5 Bio-Robotics Lab 240

4.6 Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute 243

4.7 Sintef244

4.7.1 Sintef Aiko Snake Robot With Electric Motors 246

4.8 NTNU and SINTEF in Norway World-Class Snake Robotics 248

4.8.1 Sintef Anna Konda 248

4.8.2 Anna Konda Firefighting Snakebot 254

4.8.3 Sintef Aiko 257

4.8.4 Sintef Pneumosnake 258

4.8.5 Sintef PiKo 259

4.8.6 Sintef Climbing Robot 262

4.8.7 Sintef Robot Learning 264

4.8.8 Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU Pneumosnake – Snake Robot With Pneumatic Bellows 265

4.9 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Land and Amphibious Robot Snake 268

4.9.1 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM-R5 Control System 269

4.9.2 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Slim Slime Robot 270

4.9.3 Hirose Fukushima Lab Pneumatically-Driven Slime Robot 272

4.9.4 Hirose-Fukushima Lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology Amphibious Snake Robot – ACM-R5 281

4.10 DrGavin S7 Snake Robot Rectilinear Locomotion 282

4.10.1 Nottingham Trent University 286

4.11 Israeli Army Deploys Robot Snakes 287

4.11.1 Israeli Military Develops Robot Snake Bomb Hirose Fukushima Lab 289

4.12 Merlin Robotics, Nottingham Trent University Robot Snake Dance 292

4.13 Snake Bot at Carnegie Mellon 293

4.13.1 Carnegie Mellon Conforming Loop 295

4.14 CardioArm Biomedicine Snakelike Robots for Heart Surgery 298

4.14.1 Snake Robot Helps Wounded Soldiers 301

4.15 Hughes Aircraft R7 Early Robotic Snake 303

4.16 British ‘Serpentine Spy’ 304

4.17 IDF Spy Robot Snake 305

4.18 ASA Snake-bot VS InnoSTAR 306

4.19 Applied Robotics Technologies, LLC 307
5. SNAKE ROBOTS COMPANY PROFILES 310

5.1 Applied Robotics Technologies, LLC 310

5.2 Fanuc 310

5.2.1 FANUC Corporation 320

5.2.2 Fanuc Revenue 322

5.2.3 Fanuc Joint Venture With General Electric in the FA field 324

5.3 HiBot 325

5.3.1 HiBot Inspects High-Voltage Transmission Lines 325

5.3.2 HiBot Snake Robot 325

5.4 Kawasaki Robotics 326

5.5 Kuka 328

5.5.1 KUKA Dominant Customer Segment, Automotive Industry 329

5.5.2 Kuka Revenue 331

5.5.3 Kuka Competition 334

5.5.4 Kuka Innovative Technology 336

5.5.5 Kuka Well Positioned With A Broad Product Portfolio In Markets With Attractive Growth Prospects337

5.5.6 Kuka Strategy 337

5.5.7 Kuka Corporate Policy 339

5.5.8 Kuka Customers 345

5.5.9 KUKA Acquires 51% of Reis Robotics 347

5.5.10 Kuka Positioning in Robotics and Systems 348

5.6 Medrobotics 351

5.6.1 Medrobotics Closes On $10 Million Financing 353

5.6.2 Medrobotics Several Generations Of Snake Robot Platforms 354

5.6.3 Medrobotics Advances Clinical Development of Snake Robot for Surgery 354

5.6.4 Medrobotics Positioning 355

5.6.5 Medrobotics Cardiac Surgery Gold Standard 355

5.6.6 Medrobotics Snake Robot Technologies For Use In A Wide Range Of Surgical And Interventional Applications 357

5.6.7 Medrobotics Technology & Research Center 359

5.7 Mitsubishi 360

5.7.1 Mitsubishi Electric Corp. 361

5.8 OC Robotics 363

5.8.1 OC Robotics Technology & Innovation 364

5.8.2 OC Robotics Robots Extend Reach Of Manual Process 366

5.8.3 OC Robotics A CANDU Snake-Arm Robot 367

5.8.4 OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots 368

5.9 Sarcos Corp 370

5.9.1 Sarcos Dexterous, Tele-Operated Robotic Systems 371

5.9.2 Sarcos Snake Robot Unmanned Ground Vehicle 372

5.9.3 Sarcos Robots Inspection of Ballast Tanks on Ships 374

5.9.4 Sarcos Guardian S Robotic Systems Replace Current Dangerous And Expensive Inspections 375

5.10 Sintef 376

5.11 Tesla 377

5.12 Tokyo Institute of Technology Research Laboratories 380

5.12.1 Tokyo Institute of Technology / Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM 382

5.12.2 Hirose Fukushima Lab ACM Hibot 382

5.13 Unifire 383

5.14 University of Michigan Mobile Robotics Lab Omnitread 385

5.15 Yaskawa 388

5.15.1 Yaskawa Revenue 389

5.15.2 Yaskawa Business 391

5.15.3 YASKAWA Electric Motion Control 392

5.15.4 YASKAWA Electric Robotics 393

5.15.5 YASKAWA Electric System Engineering 393

5.15.6 YASKAWA Electric Information Technology 393

5.15.7 Yaskawa / Motoman 393

5.15.8 Yaskawa Motoman 394

5.16 Selected Robot Companies 395

5.16.1 Selected Robot Companies 422

5.17 Selected List of University and Research Snake Robots 452


List Of Table

Table ES-1 39

Snake Robot Market Driving Forces 39

Table ES-2 40

Confined Spaces That Need Snake Shapes To Achieve Access 40

Figure ES-3 40

Snake-Arm Robot Controls 40

Figure ES-4 46

Nose Following Snake Robots 46

Figure ES-5 46

OC Robotics Snake-Arm Simulator 46

Table ES-6 48

Confined Spaces 48

Figure ES-7 50

Snake Robots Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2014 50

Figure ES-8 52

Snake Robot Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 52

Figure 1-1 54

Mod Snake Robots Snake Robots Are Different. 54

Table 1-2 58

Serpentine Robot Applications 58

Table 2-1 62

Snake Robot Market Driving Forces 62

Table 2-2 63

Confined Spaces That Need Snake Shapes To Achieve Access 63

Figure 2-3 64

Snake-Arm Robot Controls 64

Figure 2-4 70

Nose Following Snake Robots 70

Figure 2-5 70

OC Robotics Snake-Arm Simulator 70

Table 2-6 72

Confined Spaces 72


List Of Figure

Figure 2-7 74

Snake Robots Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2014 74

Figure 2-8 75

Snake Robots Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2014 75

Figure 2-9 76

HiBot Inspection of High-Voltage Power Lines 76

Figure 2-10 77

HiBot Balances on High-Voltage Power Lines 77

Figure 2-11 83

Medrobotics Snake Robot for Surgery 83

Figure 2-12 85

Snake Robot Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 85

Table 2-13 86

Snake Robot Markets, Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 86

Figure 2-14 87

HiBot 87

Figure 2-15 88

Snake Robots Total Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 88

2015-2021 88

Table 2-16 89

Snake Robot Market Shipments, Units, Worldwide, 2015-2021 89

Figure 2-17 91

Industrial Snake Robot Total Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 91

Figure 2-18 92

Snake Robots Market Industry Segments, Energy, Construction, Mining, Aerospace, Confined Space and High Wire, Dollars,

Worldwide, 2015-2021 92

Figure 2-19 93

Snake Robots Market Segments, Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 93

Figure 2-20 94

Snake Robots Market Segments, Percent, Worldwide, 2015-2021 94

Figure 2-21 95

Nuclear, Oil & Gas Snake Robots Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 95

Figure 2-22 97

Nuclear and Oil & Gas Snake Robot Total Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 97

Figure 2-23 99

Construction and Mining Snake Robots Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 2015-2021 99

Figure 2-24 100

Construction and Mining Snake Robot Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 100

Figure 2-25 103

Surgery Snake Robots Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 2015-2021 103

Figure 2-26 104

Medical Surgical Snake Robot Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 104

Figure 2-27 105

Military Snake Robots Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 2015-2021 105

Figure 2-28 106

Military Snake Robot Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 106

Figure 2-29 107

Aerospace Snake Robots Market Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 107

Figure 2-30 109

Aerospace Snake Robot Total Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 109

Table 2-31 111

Aerospace Snake Robot Functions 111

Table 2-32 112

Snake Robots Adopt Capabilities Of Industrial Robots 112

Figure 2-33 113

Confined Space / High Wire Snake Robots Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 2015-2021 113

Figure 2-34 114

Confined Space and High Wire Snake Robot Market Forecasts Dollars, Worldwide, 2015-2021 114

Figure 2-35 118

Snake Robots Regional Market Segments, Dollars, 2014 118

Table 2-36 119

Snake Robots Regional Market Segments, 2014 119

Table 3-1 122

Snake-Arm Robot Solution Profile 122

Table 3-2 123

OC Robotics Confined Space Target Markets 123

Figure 3-3 124

OC Robotics LaserSnake 124

Figure 3-4 126

OC Robotics Snake-Arm Robots For Aircraft Assembly 126

Table 3-5 130

OCRobotics Snake-Arm Tools Features 130

Table 3-6 131

OCRobotics Interchangeable End Effectors 131

Table 3-7 132

OCRobotics Snake Arm Aerospace Applications 132

Table 3-8 133

OCRobotics Snake Arm Aerospace Tasks That Could Be Considered For Aircraft Manufacture 133

Figure 3-9 134

OC Robotics Snake-arms for security 134

Figure 3-10 135

OC Robotics Snake-Arms for Construction 135

Figure 3-11 136

Figure 3-12 137

OC Robotics Explorer Range 137

Figure 3-13 138

OC Robotics Explorer Range User Interface 138

Figure 3-14 139

OC Robotics Explorer Range Actuator Pack 139

Figure 3-15 140

OC Robotics Explorer Range Snake Arm 140

Figure 3-16 141

OC Robotics Explorer Arm Extensions 141

Figure 3-17 145

OC Robotics Extender Snake Range Of –Motion 145

Figure 3-18 146

OC Robotics Extender Models and Payloads 146

Figure 3-18 (Continued) 147

OC Robotics Extender Models and Payloads 147

Figure 3-19 148

OC Robotics Arms in Confined Spaces 148

Figure 3-20 152

Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot Container Maneuvering 152

Table 3-21 154

Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot Target Markets 154

Figure 3-22 155

Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot Exoskeleton 155

Figure 3-23 155

Sarcos Guardian S Snake Robot 156

Table 3-24 157


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