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The goal of ROBO Global is to provide an accessible, intelligent, and diversified platform to track this next megatrend.  Our management team and strategic advisory board is comprised of senior leaders from both the academic and financial research world. This index is global, deliberately broad and  built for the long term. The best approach for an industry in its early stages is to be as inclusive as possible as there  will be tremendous creative destruction to come. Including all players in a proportionate and equally weighted fashion ensures that we capture the overall growth trend while minimizing company-specific risk.

Index Classification

ROBO Global has established the first benchmark industry classification system for identifying robotics and automation companies. This industry analysis framework for investment research, portfolio management and asset allocation currently has 12 sub-sectors which fall under either Technology or Applications.

TECHNOLOGIES

Technology captures all index companies that manufacture or provide services related to any machinery, equipment, devices or sensors supporting a robot performing its task. It also includes those companies that provide key-enabling software and processing technologies used to advance the conversion to autonomous systems. Essentially, we are looking at the companies that enable robots to sense, process and act.
Sensing Actuation Computing Integration
Sensing

In order for a system to exhibit autonomy, it must be able to sense its environment, in addition to determining its own internal state.  For human beings, these are called exteroception and proprioception.   Sensing is important for the same reasons that our exteroceptive senses (sight, sound, etc.), and our proprioceptive senses (ability to know where our limbs are and what they are doing without directly observing them) are important for human beings.  For robotic systems, however, we are not limited to the standard senses. Almost anything that can be measured can be made into a sensor.

Actuation

Actuation is the means by which machines interact with the physical world.  For human beings, this mainly refers to our limbs, and in particular, our hands. However, machines are not limited to manipulation.  Almost anything that has an effect on the physical world can be made into an actuator.  Actuation techniques include electric, hydraulic (compressed fluid), mechanical, and pneumatic (compressed air).

Computing, Processing, AI

Autonomous systems must make decisions at various levels, from determining the state of the environment they are operating in, to optimally planning actions and controlling motion. It is analogous to our brain, and is what allows the processing of information to produce actuation to take place. This requires raw computing and processing power as well as increasingly advanced software. Computing can vary from embedded systems smaller than a fingernail to hyper-scale data centers implementing sophisticated algorithms including Artificial Intelligence (AI). Machines are getting smarter as improvements in data storage and processing power have enabled the emergence of AI across a rapidly expanding range of applications. Advancements in AI, especially machine learning, are key to the growth of autonomous systems. AI also encompasses perception, such as machine vision and natural language processing.

Integration

An autonomous system is made up of many components (sensors, actuators, and computational units), which can be distributed over large spaces.  Integration consists of architecting a system – figuring out how to put all of these components together – to achieve the desired objective in a robust, high performance, and cost-efficient way.

APPLICATIONS

Applications highlights all index companies that incorporate multiple robotic and automation technologies into their product or manufacturing process to improve efficiency in traditional business lines as well as the development of entirely new business propositions.
Manufacturing 3DPrinting Logistics Agriculture Military Energy Healthcare Consumer
Manufacturing

The manufacturing of items is incomplete without the material handling and distribution channels that bring the objects to their intended users.  The many economic advantages to speedy and error-free distribution, such as operating with low-inventory and being responsive to customer demands, is a significant growth area for robotics and automation. This is continually reducing the costs for end-users, both businesses and consumers.

3D Printing

Traditionally, products are built either by assembling separate parts, or by removing material from a larger work-piece.   3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, adds yet another capability by depositing different types of materials where they are needed.   One of its main benefits is the potential for customization that is not economically feasible with traditional techniques.

Logistics Automation

The manufacturing of items is incomplete without the material handling and distribution channels that bring the objects to their intended users.  The many economic advantages to speedy and error-free distribution, such as operating with low-inventory and being responsive to customer demands, is a significant growth area for robotics and automation. This is continually reducing the costs for end-users, both businesses and consumers.

Food & Agriculture

Feeding and sustaining the world continues to be one of our most important economic activities. A new generation of autonomous systems, sensors and data analytics tools are bringing tremendous benefits, not only to farmers and breeders in terms of increased yields and lower costs, but also to the environment in terms of improved water, pesticides and fertilizer use. Meanwhile, the food processing industry continues to automate aggressively to meet increasingly demanding volume, cost and safety requirements. Emerging markets offer significant penetration upside for traditional automation equipment from dairy and beverage to bakery and meat processing to packaging. In the more mature food markets, robotics and automation helps companies develop a more agile response to changing customer tastes and increasingly stringent safety requirements.

Security / Surveillance

Removing people from harm’s way has always been a main driver for robotics research.  Up until recently, it has been difficult for machines to duplicate a human’s flexibility and cognitive skills.  However, with today’s technologies, unmanned aircraft and ground vehicles are now capable of detecting hazardous materials, disposing of bombs, operating in space and performing critical national defense functions (surveillance).

Energy

Exploration, extraction, and the maintenance of the energy infrastructure require extensive and growing resources.  Robotics and automation continues to expand from structured environments, such as warehouses and factories, to unstructured ones, such as outdoors, underground, and underwater. The energy sector will reap the rewards of this transition with lower operational costs.

Healthcare

As global healthcare costs continue to rise, robotics and automation is poised to provide a countering force to this trend.  Through rehabilitation, diagnostics, exoskeletons and elderly care, using robotics and autonomous systems promises to drastically reduce costs, while improving quality of life. In addition, robotics and automation can transcend cost-cutting by using robots for difficult surgeries and neurological treatments that were previously unfeasible.

Consumer Products

From interactive robots for entertainment to automating household chores, consumer companies work to make everyday lives easier and more enjoyable. The Internet of Things promises to usher in a new era of interconnectivity.  By communicating through the existing internet infrastructure, devices will no longer be isolated islands of limited capabilities.  This impact will be particularly pronounced for these types of consumer products, which need to be inexpensive for wide adoption.   Through the internet, consumer robotics will finally become broadly affordable to individuals.

Portfolio Composition

The index is maintained by a team of financial and robotics experts to ensure that it remains a leading indicator of the robotics and automation market. Index components are selected from a proprietary database of companies that derive all or a portion of revenues from robotics, automation, and related technologies.

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INDEX HIGHLIGHT

Holding Methodology

The Index is made up of “bellwether” (40%) and “non-bellwether” (60%) companies. Bellwether companies (BWs) are well established leading players, whose core business is directly related to robotics & automation. Non-bellwether companies (NBWs) have a distinct portion of their business and revenue in robotics & automation and have the potential to grow through innovation and/or market adoption of their products and/or services. Within BW and NBW each constituent is equally weighted. This approach avoids the large capitalisation and “buy high, sell low” biases of market capitalization indices and ensures that the Index provides exposure to companies in the early stages of new innovation and technologies as well as the more established players. The 40/60 weighting results in each BW having roughly twice the weight of each NBW. Index constituents are initially selected from the ROBO Global Classification in accordance with predetermined rules and objective criteria including minimum market capitalization and average daily value traded. At each quarterly rebalance the Index constituents are reweighted and any additions or deletions are made as determined by the Advisory Index Committee at ROBO Global™.

INDEX PERFORMANCE

*Live data begins on August 1, 2013

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