First of all, thank you to all the loyal and new readers of Robotics 24/7. When Peerless Media launched this site nearly two years ago, we wanted to share the latest applications of commercial and industrial robotics. Our growing audience has told us that we're doing something right! In 2022, the sheer amount of robotics developments made sites like ours a necessity for end users, systems integrators, suppliers, investors, and developers.
To help keep up with all of this, I'm grateful to Cesareo Contreras, who came aboard as associate editor early in 2022 and who has applied his reporting experience in several of the articles in this roundup.
Like many of you, we were happy to visit Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and more as we gathered the news to share. We're also grateful to the many engineers, operators, and executives who took the time to speak with us!
Interestingly, our top 10 articles of 2022 include overviews of major robotics conferences and trade shows. In addition to manufacturing, logistics, and warehousing, they included emerging markets such as agriculture and last-mile delivery.
We tracked about $28 billion in transactions among robotics companies this past year, as the International Federation of Robotics and the Association for Advancing Automation noted record deployments and sales, respectively. Mobile robots, welding systems, and software to simulate environments and manage fleets all made it into our top 10 (see right, or below on mobile).
It was also a challenging year for robotics vendors and customers, with ongoing supply chain problems and shifting consumer behavior leading to layoffs. Our hearts go out to all those affected so soon before the holidays, but we hope that 2023 is a better year for everyone!
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