Research and innovation in industrial automation in the healthcare operations sector has rebounded in the last quarter.

The most recent figures show that the number of industrial automation related patent applications in the industry stood at 20 in the three months ending April – down from 34 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to industrial automation followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 18 in the three months ending April 2021 to 17 in the same period in 2022.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.

Industrial automation is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.

The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

Fresenius SE & Co KGaA was the top industrial automation innovator in the healthcare operations sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in Germany, filed 14 industrial automation related patents in the three months ending April. That was down from 21 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the United States based Omnicell Inc with three industrial automation patent applications, Japan based Paramount Bed Co Ltd (1 applications), and the United States based Cerner Corp (1 applications).