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Highlights

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Collaborative robot cell for the production of safety valves

Sequential Collaboration

Dec 04, 2018 — Plastic component manufacturer Weiss Kunststoffverarbeitung uses collaborative robots to assemble complex components containing metallic parts as well as plastic parts moulded by Weiss. Workers place some of the parts into a fixture, then the robot inserts additional parts, and places the assembled valve in a device for pressure testing.

Universal Robots polishes Paradigm to 50% production increase

Sequential Collaboration

Dec 04, 2018 — Force-feedback technology in cobots enables the automation of applications such as polishing that require fine-tuning of applied pressure. Paradigm, a manufacturer of high-performance loud speakers and subwoofers achieved a 50% productivity increase with a collaborative robot working alongside an employee to polish and buff lacquered speaker cabinets.

Škoda Auto, MATADOR Group and KUKA: ending the separation of humans and robots in factories

Coexistence

Dec 04, 2018 — Automotive manufacturer, Škoda uses collaborative robots in the assembly of automatic transmission systems. Workers bring gear actuator pistons to a collaborative robot which inserts them into the transmission housing. Torque sensors provide feedback on resistance, enabling the robot to insert the components without forcing them into place.

SIASUN collaborative robot helps the automobile industry to change its manufacturing mode

Cooperation

Nov 30, 2018 — In this example of screw tightening at Chinese automotive manufacturer CSVW, a collaborative robot picks up a screw tightening gun to tighten three screws on an engine, puts down the first gun, then picks up a second in tighten two other screws. A worker meanwhile performs other tasks on the engine.

Co-act scenarios in the assembly of industrial components

Coexistence

Nov 30, 2018 — Schunk, a manufacturer of robot grippers, uses a collaborative robot in the pre-assembly process. A robot equipped with a camera takes base housings from a container and brings them to the worker. The robot also tightens screws, closes air connections on the gripper and strips excess glue. Meanwhile, workers complete tasks requiring high dexterity.

The perfect adhesive bonding duo

Sequential Collaboration

Nov 29, 2018 — Robots can apply adhesives far more accurately than human workers and are used for this task in a range of manufacturing environments. Machine manufacturer Dürr uses collaborative robots for adhesion, enabling robot and worker to operate at the same time in the same space – the robot does not have to be shut down each time the worker needs to perform a task.

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

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.

ROBOTWORLD 2019

October 09- October 12, 2019

14th RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 9th – 12th, October.

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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