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+++ Bloomberg´s Noah Smith: Automation Is a Race the U.S. Can’t Afford to Lose +++ 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 +++

News

President’s Report by Milton Guerry

Order Intake gives good Hope for strong Growth

Jun 17, 2021 — While many countries around the globe are still struggling to seize control of the global pandemic, we are already on the road of global recover. In the recent months, global economic prospects improved markedly, and, according to OECD, by mid-2021 the worldwide output is expected to rise above the pre-pandemic level. Global GDP growth is projected to be 5.5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022.

Robotics Award 2021 goes to ABB´s PixelPaint car painting

IERA Award winner allows customized car designs

Frankfurt, Jun 09, 2021 — The 2021 “Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation” (IERA) goes to PixelPaint technology of ABB. Two high-precision robots make car painting faster, more sustainable and flexible – helping manufacturers to efficiently respond to individual demands. Two-tone and customized designs are applied in one pass. The technology eliminates overspray benefitting the environment.

ABB’s new cobot GoFa™ rewarded

Best of the Best Red Dot award

Jun 02, 2021 — Leading product design experts recognize ABB’s GoFa™ collaborative robot for innovative design to make robots more approachable.

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

World Robot Summit 2020

September 09- September 12, 2021

The date of World Robot Summit 2020, which had been postponed due to the spread of COVID-19, has been decided.

RobotWorld 2021

October 27- October 30, 2021

RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 27 – 30 October 2021.

Greater Bay Area Industrial Expo

November 23- November 26, 2021

23rd China DMP International Mould, Metalworking, Plastics & Packaging Exhibition

TAIROS 2021

December 15- December 18, 2021

The Taiwanese robot exhibition will be located at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1&2

iREX 2022

March 09- March 12, 2022

International Robot Exhibition

Automate postponed to 2022

June 06- June 09, 2022

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

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