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Highlights

+++ IFR: WR Report 2020: Record 2.7 Million Robots Work in Factories Around the Globe +++ CNBC: Scientists make artificial skin for robots +++ IFR: Robots help to fight coronavirus worldwide +++ Bloomberg´s Noah Smith: The U.S. has forfeited leadership in robot industries +++

How Nations Invest in Robotics Research

Corona crisis highlights useful developments of robot technology

Frankfurt, Jun 05, 2020 — The Corona crisis highlights the important contribution that robots make to industry and to society. Research funding programs (R&D) are vital to enable and further support these developments. IFR summarized national funding programs in the new "World Robotics R&D Programs".

Gui-Deog Kang is the new elected President of KAR

Announcement by the Korea Association of Robot industry

May 28, 2020 — Gui-Deog Kang, Chief Operating Officer of Robostar, has been elected as the new President of Korea Association of Robot industry(KAR) recently.

Post-COVID-19 Economy: “Robots Create Jobs”

MIT´s news office conclusions on economist Daron Acemoglu’s research wrong

Frankfurt, May 14, 2020 — Companies around the world are increasing their use of industrial robots: Within five years, the global operational stock rose by about 65% to 2.4 million units (2013-2018). For the same period of time, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a positive impact on the job market: Employment in the automotive industry – the largest adopter of robots – increased by 22% from 824,400 to 1,005,000 jobs (2013-2018).

President’s Report

Coronavirus Pandemic is Spreading around the Globe

Apr 02, 2020 — The world is currently facing an unprecedented situation: the novel coronavirus pandemic is spreading around the globe and is heavily affecting the global economy and our societies. No one can predict how long this situation will last nor the consequences that follow.

Robots help to fight coronavirus worldwide

IFR´s Innovation Award winner from Denmark helps to fight pandemic

Frankfurt, Mar 31, 2020 — Robots play an important role in fighting the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 around the globe. Disinfection robot UVD for example has been in high demand since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese hospitals have ordered more than 2,000 UVD robots by Danish manufacturer Blue Ocean Robotics. They started to destroy viruses in Wuhan, where the global pandemic began.

Postponed IFR Events – Executive Round Table, IERA Award, ISR

Impact of the coronavirus

Frankfurt, Mar 31, 2020 — The IFR Executive Round Table, the IERA Award presentation and the International Symposium on Robotics ISR are postponed to December 2020. All events are co-located at the automatica trade fair in Munich. The organizers of the event just announced a postponement related to the coronavirus.

Blog

New IFR ‘World Robotics R&D Programs’
Providing unique overview of government focus and investment in main robot markets around the world
How robots help UK manufacturers face the headwinds of Brexit and COVID-19 coronavirus
by Mike Wilson, Chairman of the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA)

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

CRIC 2020

October 26- October 27, 2020

The China Robot Industry Conference (CRIC) 2020 - CRIA’s Annual Meeting - will be held from 26 to 27 October 2020 in Qingdao, China.

RobotWorld 2020

October 28- October 31, 2020

15th RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 28th – 31st, October.

Greater Bay Area Industrial Expo

November 24- November 27, 2020

23rd China DMP International Mould, Metalworking, Plastics & Packaging Exhibition, organized by Paper Communication Exhibition Services, will be held at Shenzhen World Exhibition

automatica

December 08- December 11, 2020

automatica 2020 has been postponed from June due to the Coronavirus

ISR 2020

December 09- December 10, 2020

Robotics in the dawning era of digitalization and artificial intelligence! After two years, the 52nd International Symposium on Robotics – ISR 2020 will be held again in Munich, Germany (9/10 December 2020).

Automate 2021

May 17- May 20, 2021

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

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