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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 +++

Increasingly collaborative industrial robotics

Comau, Italy - IFR Robot Supplier

Jun 16, 2015 — Thanks to the RoboSAFE functions, Comau robots can interact with humans in a safer and direct way, without changing their operating performances

SCHUNK China: Gripping New Horizons

Schunk, China - IFR Robot Supplier member

Apr 30, 2015 — At a formal ceremony, SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems opened a new China Headquarters in Shanghai. SCHUNK wants to push ahead with investment, and expand its local presence in China, emphasized Henrik A. Schunk, Managing Partner of SCHUNK, in his opening speech. 

Adept Technology Launches New Fleet Management System for Lynx Mobile Robots

Adept, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Apr 30, 2015 — Adept Technology, Inc. has launched Lynx Enterprise Manager 1100, a new fleet management system for Adept's Lynx autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs). This system controls up to 100 robots for large deployments in manufacturing, warehousing/logistics and semiconductor.

Do-it-yourself toolkit for soft robotics

Apr 16, 2015 —

To work directly together with humans, a robot needs to be flexible and soft. Conventional systems are insufficiently flexible for this purpose.

President’s Report 01/2015

Impossible to imagine automation without robots

Frankfurt, Mar 30, 2015 —

Robots and people working together.

Rapid Mechatronic Gripper for Small Part Handling

Schunk Germany - IFR Robot suppliers member

Mar 24, 2015 — The EGP from SCHUNK has the most compact performance of any electric small part gripper on the market. SCHUNK has expanded the EGP series with the addition of the smaller size 25.

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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