RBR, IDC to Team Up on Selecting RBR50 2019 Top Robotics Companies
March 20, 2019      

The RBR50 list of top robotics companies worldwide continues to set the bar in providing readers with information about the world’s leading innovators in robotics, artificial intelligence, and automation. Now in its sixth year, Robotics Business Review today announced a partnership with global analysis firm IDC to produce the 2019 RBR50.

The call for nominations for companies to be considered for the 2019 RBR50 is now open. We are looking for robotics businesses that make innovative products, have achieved commercial success, and those that have disrupted industries with their robots, drones, or autonomous vehicles.

RBR50 2019 logoIDC-logo-vertical-fullcolor RBR50 2019“The RBR50 showcases the best of the best in the world of commercial and industrial robotics,” said Keith Shaw, editor-in-chief of Robotics Business Review. “Anyone interested in following the robotics industry needs to know who the top players are, and the RBR50 provides that information consistently each year.”

“IDC recognizes the vast impact that robotic technology is having across a range of industries, and we are happy to be partnering with RBR on selecting the 2019 RBR50” said John Santagate, research director for commercial service robotics at IDC.  “The growth and success of this market is a function of the innovations that the companies represented in this list deliver. The RBR50 identifies those companies that are driving innovation and delivering value for the companies that are using their robotic technology”.

RBR50 2019 process

Our nomination process is open from now until April 19, 2019. Click here to submit a nomination for your company, providing as much information about the company, the market it serves, and why it deserves to be considered for the RBR50.

The panel of judges, which includes Robotics Business Review, RoboBusiness, and IDC staffers, will review the submissions and choose the final list. Winners will be announced in mid-May, and a special downloadable report will be made available for Robotics Business Review and IDC subscribers.

Nomination criteria

Choosing the top 50 companies in any industry is difficult, but the breadth of companies now in the robotics space has made this year’s list even more elite than in the past. In general, we are looking for companies in the following areas, but we are not limiting our scope specifically to these markets:

  • Manufacturing – In addition to traditional industrial automation robotics companies, this space also includes collaborative robots and additive manufacturing (3D printing) businesses aiming to help companies produce goods in a more efficient manner.
  • Supply chain/logistics – Continuing to be the fastest growing area of robotics, companies in this space provide autonomous mobile robots, manipulators for pick-and-place operations, and last-mile solutions for companies looking to speed deliveries to customers.
  • Components – You can’t have a robot without the building blocks. Companies in this space are providing other robot companies with the best actuators, controls, grippers, processors, sensors, and motors.
  • Autonomous vehicles – In addition to self-driving cars, this category includes commercial aerial drones, marine systems, and unmanned ground vehicles serving multiple markets. Companies in this space should have a clear business application or commercial market that they’re serving with their product.
  • Artificial intelligence – The broadest category for sure, the AI space includes cloud robotics, deep learning, Industrial Internet of Things, machine learning, and other software that is applied to industrial infrastructure and robotics to make systems smarter.
  • Emerging markets – New for 2019, we are considering submissions for vertical markets not covered in the previous category, including agriculture, construction, oil & gas, mining, retail, and healthcare. Let us know why you deserve to be considered!

Benefits of being named to the RBR50

In addition to the honor of being chosen, RBR50 winners will receive updated pages in our company database that signify their selection as an RBR50 2019 honoree. In the past, companies have reported major investments and deals they’ve made as a result of the visibility the RBR50 has provided.

We also follow the RBR50 companies throughout the year, sharing news, press releases, and end-user case studies on Robotics Business Review. Honorees of the RBR50 2019 list that exhibit at our RoboBusiness event in October in Santa Clara, Calif., receive special signage for their booth, along with other benefits.

Our sales team, led by Ron Trznadel, can further explain the benefits of advertising and event participation, as well as sponsored content including articles, reports, and webcasts.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, feel free to contact Editor-in-Chief Keith Shaw for more information. Good luck to everyone who applies!