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President's Report

Robots increase Productivity, the very Foundation of a prospering Labour Market

The increasing use of robots has motivated a number of researchers to analyse the impact of automation on jobs and the economy: like many things, the forecasts and views are often different. In this perspective I like to cite some views and studies supporting the positive effects of the introduction of Robots and Automation.

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2015 IERA Award Joint Winners Announced in Seattle

Kinova and Q-Bot convinced

The 2015 Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) award was shared by François Boucher of Kinova Inc., Canada and Tom Lipinski of Q-Bot Limited, United Kingdom.

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Joint CRIA-IFR CEO Round Table at CIROS Show in Shanghai on 7th July

Topic: "Innovation on Robot Applications"

The CRIA-IFR CEO Round Table is organized in co-operation with the Chinese Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA) who is sponsoring the event.  Topic of discussion will be: "Innovation on Robot Applications"

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New IFR R&D Member

NTU-iCerRA joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR R&D member NTU-iCerRA / National Taiwan University, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. The vision of NTU-iCerRA is the development of advanced technology of intelligent robots and automation towards academic excellence in research and enhance the industrial innovation and global competitiveness.

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President's Report

Impossible to imagine automation without robots

Robots and people working together. This will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production, concluded the participants of the IFR CEO Round Table discussion at the Automate 2015 in Chicago. It will open up new applications and new customers for the robotics industry.

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Robots and People Working Together

CEOs discussed challenges in Chicago

"Robots and People Working Together" - This was the topic of the 8th IFR CEO Round Table Discussion at the Automate in Chicago. The man-machine partnership will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production visions.

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Global Survey:

Industrial Robots break worldwide sales record - plus 27 percent

"Global demand for industrial robots in 2014 reached more than 200,000 units for the first time," said Arturo Baroncelli,  President of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in Chicago.  "Strongest drivers of the growth were the automotive industry followed by the electronics industry. Based on the preliminary results of the global statistics on industrial robots, the IFR estimates that about 225,000 units were sold in 2014, 27% more than in 2013."

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Industrial Robots Global Study:

China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

By 2017, more industrial robots will be operating in China's production plants than in the European Union or North America. Operating unit numbers there will double from today's 200,000 to more than 400,000. To compare: In North America, numbers will rise to about 300,000 - with 340,000 predicted for Europe's five largest economies.   So says the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in its 2014 World Robot Statistics.

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Case Studies

Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Offline programming increases welding production by Hekamp

The practical approach of Valk Welding and the functionalities offered by the programming system DPTS G2 persuaded father and sons Kampert of Hekamp Werktuigen en Aanbouwdelen to purchase a new welding robot system from Valk Welding.

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Stäubli, USA - IFR Partner

Clearing Bottlenecks in the Mountains: A Morrill Motors Case Study

The town of Erwin is just a 2-mile hike off the Appalachian Trail where East Tennessee borders North Carolina. Native Americans once used this area, like so many communities in these mountains, as hunting ground. Even today, Erwin residents uncover arrowheads or other treasures in their gardens. Morrill Motors, located in the center of Erwin, also unearthed valuable assets recently while automating a portion of their unit-bearing motor assembly line.

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Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Complete welding robot cell delivered from stock within 1 week

Valk Welding was asked this summer by Hydrospex, a hydraulic heavy lifting systems producer, to deliver a welding robot with a short lead time.The company needed to weld a series of 800 tubular products for a new developed system in just a few months, a task that would involve temporarily employing 15 extra welders.

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ABB, UK - IFR-Partner

Packing robot provides the muscle for Bradman Lake's new case packing system

ABB's IRB260 packing robot is at the centre of the new AX Case Packing system from Bradman-Lake Group - specialists in the design, development and manufacturer of packaging machinery. The system provides manufacturers with a robotic case packer designed to automatically form, top load fill and close RSC and HSC style corrugated cases within one frame.

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DÜRR, Germany - IFR Partner

Progress in robotic painting systems

It is becoming increasingly clear that a process which is technically feasible may not necessarily always represent the best solution. Reducing the complexity of painting systems is an important aspect of product development.

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Events

8-11 Jul, 2015

INNOPROM 2015

"Industrial Efficiency" is the theme of Russia's main industrial trade fair in 2015. The next INNOPROM will be dedicated to mechanical engineering, industrial automation, energy efficiency, optics and lasers, and metropolitan technologies.

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8-11 Jul, 2015

CIROS 2015

This edition of Shanghai International Robot Show is dedicated to draw into the world's most advanced robot technology and top achievements to promote China's industrial robot manufacturers to develop both domestic and international markets.

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12-14 Oct, 2015

National Robot Safety Conference

North America's robotics trade group, Robotic Industries Association (RIA), will host two major events in Pittsburgh this coming October. The 27th National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 12-14, 2015 followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on October 15. Both events will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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19 Nov, 2015

AIA Vision in Life Sciences Conference

AIA has announced it will host its first Vision in Life Sciences Conference in San Diego this fall. The inaugural event will be held November 19, 2015 at the Marriott hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, California.

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2-5 Dec, 2015

iREX 2015

This show is designed to provide a place to exhibit robots and peripheral equipment in order to enhance market awareness of new technology.

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