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Highlights

Universal Robots launches Universal Robots Academy

offering free online training in robot programming

Jun 27, 2017 — The manufacturer of collaborative robots has developed online training modules to further lower the automation barrier. The hands-on modules are offered free of charge, open to all, and built to deliver hands-on learning via interactive simulations to maximize user engagement.

The Dream Team

KUKA robots enable collaboration between humans and robots for quality assurance tasks

Jun 08, 2017 — MRK-Systeme GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, specializes in industrial solutions that are based on human-robot collaboration. The company enables direct human-robot collaboration – without the need for safety fencing. The 16 employees of the company, which was founded in 2004, work primarily for customers in the field of mechanical engineering, with a particular focus on the automotive industry.

Korte Friesland takes the next step with its new welding robot system

May 23, 2017 — The Dutch supplier Korte Friesland does precision welding in a quality which in some cases is barely achievable manually.

France outperforms Britain as robots transform car industry

Frankfurt, May 16, 2017 — The number of robots installed by the French car industry rose 22 percent to 1,400 units – compared with 700 units in the UK (+ 7 percent). The automotive sector is one of the main driving forces modernizing the French economy: with a robot density of 940 units per 10,000 workers, France currently ranks 2nd within the European Union - the UK ranks 10th with 606 units.

The Impact of Robots on Productivity, Employment and Jobs

A position paper by the International Federation of Robotics

Frankfurt, May 03, 2017 — This paper provides the IFR’s opinion on the impact of automation - specifically of robots - on productivity, competitiveness and employment. IFR is not a policy institute. However, this report includes the main conclusions from a variety of experts on appropriate policy responses to ensure ongoing positive outcomes from automation and the ongoing development and uptake of robots, with which we concur.

Automate 2017 Show and Conference Participation Hits New Heights

Includes Visitors from Over 70 Countries Including China

Ann Arbor, Apr 25, 2017 — The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced that the Automate 2017 show and conference broke all previous attendance records with show attendance of 12,960 people, which is a 37 percent increase over 2015. With the collocated ProMat and ProFood Tech attendees taking advantage of free entry, well over 20,000 people visited Automate.

Topics

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”

Robots Create Jobs!

OECD research shows: companies that employ technological innovation effectively are up to 10 times more productive than those that do not. This has a positive impact on competitiveness and jobs.

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

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

CIROS 2017

July 05- July 08, 2017

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

ISR 2017 Asia

July 06- July 07, 2017

The 49th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2017Asia) takes place for the first time in China at Shanghai, National Exhibition and Convention Center. The conference is organized in conjunction with the CIROS show.

INNOPROM 2017

July 10- July 13, 2017

INNOPROM is a trade fair rooted in the priorities driving world industry and technology at present - and on the priorities that underpin Russia’s program of industrial and manufacturing development.

ROBOTWORLD

September 13- September 16, 2017

ROBOTWORLD is one of the three major international professional robotic exhibitions, which consists of exhibition, contest, and conference all-in-one. This is especially driven by the Korean government since 2006 to boost industry which had been at its fledgling stage of development.

iREX

November 29- December 02, 2017

The International Robot Exhibition is one of the world’s largest robot trade shows, which is held once every two years and will mark its 22nd exhibition this year.

World Robot Summit 2018

October 17- October 21, 2018

WRS will bring together the world’s most advanced robots and robotic technologies along with researchers and developers of robots and key government and private industry players from around the world.

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Gudrun Litzenberger

IFR General Secretary
IFR Statistical Department

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Nina Kutzbach

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Silke Lampe

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