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Highlights

+++ IFR: New World Robotics Report 2019 by IFR +++ Handelsblatt: Deutschland gehört zu den Ländern mit der größten Roboterdichte +++ THE NEW YORK TIMES: Taking the Future of Manufacturing Into High Schools +++ BBC World Service: Russia and robots: Steel junk or a brave new world? +++

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.

Now the robot gets a grip on things

Sequential Collaboration

Nov 28, 2018 — BMW uses collaborative robots in the assembly process to lift heavy differential cases for assembly of front-axle transmissions. The operator places small and lightweight parts, such as spacers and ball bearings, into the transmission case, then presses a button to activate a ceiling-mounted robot, which fits the 5kg differential case in place.

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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

Forum Mensch-Roboter

October 23- October 24, 2019

For the fourth time the Forum Mensch Roboter takes place. IFR General Secretary, Dr. Susanne Bieller, will be one the speakers. Please note: The event language will be German!

iREX 2019

December 18- December 21, 2019

The iREX was first held in 1974, and it has since been held once every two years, marking its 23rd exhibition this year.

automatica

June 16- June 19, 2020

automatica is the world's leading marketplace for automated, intelligent production.

ISR 2020

June 17- June 18, 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 (17–18 June 2020).

INNOPROM 2020

July 06- July 09, 2020

INNOPROM is an International Industrial Fair held in Ekaterinburg annually since 2010.

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