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Highlights

President’s Report

Bright Prospects for the Robotics Industry

Sep 27, 2017 — IFR World Robotics 2017 Industrial Robots is published and it shows bright prospects for the robotics industry. Since 2010, the demand for industrial robots has accelerated at an increasing rate. By 2020 more than 1.7 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world. What are the reasons for this successful development?

Robots: China breaks historic records in automation

China forecast 2020 – IFR predicts annual sales increase between 15 and 20 percent on average

Frankfurt, Aug 16, 2017 — China has rapidly become a global leader in automation. From 2018 to 2020, a sales increase between 15 and 20 percent on average per year is possible for industrial robots. Annual sales volume has currently reached the highest level ever recorded for a single country: Within a year, sales in China surged by 27 percent to 87,000 units (2016).

OptoForce Announces New Model Names and Several New Enhancements to its Two Main Sensor Products

Budapest, Jul 18, 2017 — OptoForce, a robotics technology provider of multi-axis force and torque sensors, today announced that its HEX-70-XE-200N and HEX-70-XH-200N are both being renamed and have been enhanced with several new product developments in July. Although several new features are being added, the price point for the sensors will remain the same.

Little butler robot wins international inventors’ award

IERA Award presented at ICRA 2017

Jul 17, 2017 — The 13th Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award (IERA) was presented to the Relay butler robot. Made by Savioke, an American company, the little robot completes deliveries all on its own, for example in hotels, hospitals or logistics centers.

Gripping systems

Virtual production: SCHUNK models digital gripper twins for high-performance assembly

Jul 17, 2017 — Chicken or egg? - By going digital of assembly systems, this famous question will soon be cleared up. SCHUNK is beginning to digitalize its entire gripper range and thus paves the way for virtual commissioning and simulation of complete handling solutions.

Four Yaskawa Motoman handling robots feed two turning machines for the manufacture of malleable cast iron fittings

Optimised retooling times, output and space requirements

Jul 13, 2017 — For over 15 years HK-CON Maschinenbau GmbH has been designing and building high-tech metal cutting machines at its Fulda site. HK-CON recently realised a complete installation for Georg Fischer Fittings GmbH, manufacturer of cast iron fittings.

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”

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

automatica

June 19- June 22, 2018

Everything at automatica revolves around optimizing your production operation. The trade fair features innovative automation and robotics solutions with pioneering key technologies for all branches of industry. So you can manufacture higher-quality products quicker and more cost effectively.

ISR 2018

June 20- June 21, 2018

Robotics in the era of Digitalization! After two years the 50th International Symposium on Robotics, ISR 2018, will again be held in Munich, Germany, from June 20–21, 2018.

CiROS 2018

July 04- July 07, 2018

China International Robot Show (CiROS), co-hosted by China Machinery Industry Federation, China Robot Industry Alliance and CMEPO Exhibition Co., Ltd, is China's first national exhibition platform covering the whole product chain of robots aiming to make the most professional exhibition in robotics with the main robotics industry companies from home and abroad.

TAIROS 2018

August 29- September 01, 2018

The Taiwanese robot exhibition will be located at Taipei World Trade Center, Nangang exhibiton hall

RobotWorld 2018

October 10- October 13, 2018

RobotWorld is major international robot show, which consists of exhibition, contest, and conference all-in-one. This is especially driven by the Korean government since 2006 to boost industry as a whole, which had been at its fledgling stage of development.

Japan Robot Week 2018

October 17- October 19, 2018

Japan Robot Week 2018, as the exhibition specialized in service robots and robot-related technologies, has been held every following year of ‘International Robot Exhibition (iREX)’, and will mark its 4th exhibition this year.

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