Capital expenditures for robotic equipment were collected for the first time on the 2018 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) to fill a data gap in response to growing interest and high demand by researchers and congress, etc., on measuring robotics as part of official government statistics. Specifically, measures of robot adoption intensity and the impact on employment and productivity.
In order to meet the needs of its data users, the Census Bureau has made it a priority to:
Capital expenditures for both industrial and service robotic equipment were collected from employer businesses at the company level. The data are tabulated using the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the firm based on the company's primary business activity.
Unit Response Rate: 78.0 percent
Total Quantity Response Rate: 91.0 percent
|Robotic capital expenditures > 0||3.1|
|Robotic capital expenditures = 0||95.8|
|Robotic capital expenditures - yes, not tracked||0.2|
|Robotic capital expenditures - unknown||0.9|
|Total quality response rate:||90.1 percent|
September 30, 2020
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