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News

ABB to acquire ASTI Mobile Robotics Group

Acquisition drives next generation of flexible automation with AMRs

Jul 21, 2021 — ABB announced it will acquire ASTI Mobile Robotics Group (ASTI), a leading global autonomous mobile robot (AMR) manufacturer with a broad portfolio across all major applications enabled by the company’s software suite. This will expand ABB’s robotics and automation offering, making it the only company to offer a complete portfolio for the next generation of flexible automation.

China leads post-pandemic recovery

IFR`s World Robotics outlook

Frankfurt, Jul 01, 2021 — The preliminary World Robotics data for China released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) shows a sales increase of industrial robots by 19% in 2020.

FANUC produces 750,000th robot

Congratulations to this amazing number

Jul 01, 2021 — FANUC Corporation, one of the world's most prominent suppliers of automation technology, produced its 750,000th industrial robot, which is more than any other manufacturer in this segment.

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

World Robot Summit 2020

September 09- September 12, 2021

The date of World Robot Summit 2020, which had been postponed due to the spread of COVID-19, has been decided.

RobotWorld 2021

October 27- October 30, 2021

RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 27 – 30 October 2021.

Greater Bay Area Industrial Expo

November 23- November 26, 2021

23rd China DMP International Mould, Metalworking, Plastics & Packaging Exhibition

TAIROS 2021

December 15- December 18, 2021

The Taiwanese robot exhibition will be located at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1&2

iREX 2022

March 09- March 12, 2022

International Robot Exhibition

Automate postponed to 2022

June 06- June 09, 2022

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

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