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Highlights

+++ IFR: CEO Round Table 2019 +++ U.S.-News & World Report: Too Few Robots in the West Compared to Asia +++ IFR: Global industrial robot sales doubled over the past five years +++ ASSOCIATED PRESS: Service Robots: Global Sales Value up 39 Percent - Says IFR +++

Joseph F. Engelberger, the Father of Robotics, Turns 90

Jul 27, 2015 —

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, will turn 90 years old on July 26th. Widely known as the “father of robotics,” Engelberger launched the world’s first robotics company, Unimation, in 1956.

A leading household goods manufacturer chooses WITTMANN robots

Jul 16, 2015 —

The SEB Group has a major production facility in St. Jean de Bournay (France) that uses 33 WITTMANN robots.

Airbag control sensors - an innovative approach to automation

Jul 08, 2015 —

TRW Systems is a global leader in automotive safety, manufacturing intelligent systems for all the leading automotive OEMs.

2015 IERA Award Joint Winners Announced in Seattle

Kinova and Q-Bot convinced

Seattle, Jun 26, 2015 —

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.

President’s Report 02/2015

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

Frankfurt, Jun 26, 2015 —

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.

Schunk featured in Robot Revolution Exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Schunk, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Jun 26, 2015 — They're here ... to help and improve our lives. On May 21, 2015, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) premiered a new national touring exhibit, Robot Revolution, supported by Google.org, which includes SCHUNK.

Blog

Why Japan leads industrial robot production
The Japanese robot industry – the past and the future - IFR Member Blog

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

AUTOMATE 2019

April 08- April 11, 2019

Held once every two years in the United States, Automate is the broadest automation solutions event in North America, affording the best overview of the entire industry.

ISR 2019 Americas

April 08- April 11, 2019

The 51st International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2019 Americas) takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, USA. The conference is organized in conjunction with the Automate show.

Global Robot Expo

May 08- May 09, 2019

An international B2B exhibition that showcases the latest technologies in the robotics industry, with an estimated 11,000 professional visitors. It’s a place to show products, expand commercial networks, find distributors and attend to C-level conferences.

iREX 2019

December 18- December 21, 2019

The International Robot Exhibition was first held in 1974, and it has since been held once every two years, marking its 23rd exhibition this year. The event will be hosted at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.

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