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Highlights

+++ IFR: WR Report 2020: Record 2.7 Million Robots Work in Factories Around the Globe +++ CNBC: Scientists make artificial skin for robots +++ IFR: Robots help to fight coronavirus worldwide +++ Bloomberg´s Noah Smith: The U.S. has forfeited leadership in robot industries +++

Record 2.7 Million Robots Work in Factories Around the Globe

IFR presents World Robotics 2020 - #WorldRobotics2020

Frankfurt, Sep 24, 2020 — The new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report shows a record of 2.7 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world – an increase of 12%. Sales of new robots remain on a high level with 373,000 units shipped globally in 2019. This is 12% less compared to 2018, but still the 3rd highest sales volume ever recorded.

President’s Report by Milton Guerry

Today, IFR announced the final figures of World Robotics 2020

Sep 24, 2020 — The stock of industrial robots operating in factories around the world today marks the highest level in history. This good news is driven by the success story of smart production and automation. Worldwide nearly 85% more robots were installed within five years (2014-2019).

ISR announces keynote speakers and program with business track

Candidates nominated for IERA Award final

Sep 21, 2020 — Again in 2020, the international robotics conference “International Symposium on Robotics” (ISR) will take place in conjunction with the automatica trade fair in Munich. Five keynote speakers will support the program.

Mobile robot transports sterile goods in hospital

Zealand University Hospital in Denmark now receive daily autonomous deliveries

Aug 31, 2020 — Five hospital departments at Zealand University Hospital in Denmark now receive daily autonomous deliveries from the hospital’s sterilization center.

Battling the Coronavirus with UV Lighting

Mobile Robots combat Viruses

Aug 31, 2020 — In 2020, the COVID-19 Global Pandemic has completely changed everyday life. Daily routines involve working from home, social distancing, wearing masks, and washing our hands religiously.

The State of the Global Robotics Industry

Roundtable Panel at Robotics Week

Aug 24, 2020 — This expert panel of CEOs will share their views on the outlook for robotics and automation going forward, changes that we might expect in global supply chains, what the post-pandemic world will look like, and other issues that impact users, system integrators, component suppliers and anyone interested in the global outlook for robotics.

Blog

New IFR ‘World Robotics R&D Programs’
Providing unique overview of government focus and investment in main robot markets around the world
How robots help UK manufacturers face the headwinds of Brexit and COVID-19 coronavirus
by Mike Wilson, Chairman of the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA)

Topics and Definitions

Industrial Robots

The IFR’s use of the term “industrial robot” is based on the definition of the ISO: an “automatically controlled, reprogrammable multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes”

Service Robots

The International Organization for Standardization defines a “service robot” as a robot “that performs useful tasks for humans or equipment excluding industrial automation applications”

Robotics Research

The IFR fosters links between the robotics industry and institutes. Our members engage in an intensive exchange on new technologies and emerging robots at the International Symposium on Robotics ISR

Position Papers

Information and IFR opinion on topical issues regarding robots and automation

Case Studies

Case Studies of Industrial and Service Robots. Robots in action can be found everywhere. Robot Manufacturers give examples of robot applications in different industries

Standardization

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the worldwide federation of national standards organizations. Standards concerning robots are prepared by ISO Technical Committee 299 with the title “Robotics”

Events

CRIC 2020

October 26- October 27, 2020

The China Robot Industry Conference (CRIC) 2020 - CRIA’s Annual Meeting - will be held from 26 to 27 October 2020 in Qingdao, China.

RobotWorld 2020

October 28- October 31, 2020

15th RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 28th – 31st, October.

Greater Bay Area Industrial Expo

November 24- November 27, 2020

23rd China DMP International Mould, Metalworking, Plastics & Packaging Exhibition, organized by Paper Communication Exhibition Services, will be held at Shenzhen World Exhibition

automatica

December 08- December 11, 2020

automatica 2020 has been postponed from June due to the Coronavirus

ISR 2020

December 09- December 10, 2020

Robotics in the dawning era of digitalization and artificial intelligence! After two years, the 52nd International Symposium on Robotics – ISR 2020 will be held again in Munich, Germany (9/10 December 2020).

Automate 2021

May 17- May 20, 2021

Discover the latest in robotics, machine vision, AI, motion control, and related technologies.

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