Capitalized 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:
1. Measure the industries that are using robotic equipment and meet the needs of the data users.
2. Publish the robotic equipment expenditures data annually in conjunction with the ACES report.
Capital expenditures for both industrial and service robotics were collected from employer businesses at the company level and assigned to the company's primary business activity.
The robotic equipment tables provide national level estimates of capital expenditures for robotic equipment by 2-digit NAICS sector and select 3-digit and 4-digit NAICS industries.