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Highlights

Industrial robots post a new sales record in 2015

A rise of 8 percent

Frankfurt, Apr 14, 2016 —

In 2015 the number of industrial robots sold worldwide surpassed the 240,000 unit mark for the first time. This corresponds to global year-on-year growth of 8 percent. The greatest demand was again registered by the automotive industry.

President’s Report 01/2016

Again all-time high for robot sales

Frankfurt, Mar 31, 2016 —

In 2015, global sales of industrial robots increased by 8% to almost 240,000 units, another all-time high for the third year in a row. The automotive industry and the electronics industry continued investing in automation of their factories. Asia, in particular China, was again the main driver of the growth.

EU project SMErobotics: Versatile robots for the digitized industry

Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D member

Mar 30, 2016 — Technologies that make robot systems tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized productions: This is what the European Initiative SMErobotics will present at this year's AUTOMATICA in Munich. With the technologies developed and deployed in the project, companies benefit from a more efficient and flexible use of robot systems even in low-volume and high variant productions in applications as diverse as assembly, welding, or wood-working. 

Robot for testing the lifetime of human-machine interfaces

Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D member

Mar 29, 2016 — Keypads and touchscreens make a wide range of different devices easy and intuitive to operate. A robot system developed by Fraunhofer IPA now allows device manufacturers to realistically simulate such loading in order to determine how durable their devices are. Typical applications of various devices can be simulated and automatically tested for any desired time duration.

US economy: Auto sector buys every second industrial robot

Frankfurt, Mar 23, 2016 —

The US economy is one of the front-runners in the global automation race. By 2018, the number of industrial robots sold to 2018 will, on average, rise by at least five percent per annum, to a new record of 31,000 units (2014: 26,202).

Breakup in a new era of smart robotics and automation

AUTOMATICA 2016 - Munich, Germany

Mar 21, 2016 —

On June 21 to 24, 2016, up to 850 companies are going to display their solutions for the optimization of production processes and professional service robotics in six exhibition halls. AUTOMATICA in Munich. Highlight topics are Human-Robot-Collaboration, Industry 4.0 and Professional Service Robotics.

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”

Robots Create Jobs!

OECD research shows: companies that employ technological innovation effectively are up to 10 times more productive than those that do not. This has a positive impact on competitiveness and jobs.

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

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

ROBOTWORLD

September 13- September 16, 2017

ROBOTWORLD is one of the three major international professional robotic exhibitions, which consists of exhibition, contest, and conference all-in-one. This is especially driven by the Korean government since 2006 to boost industry which had been at its fledgling stage of development.

iREX

November 29- December 02, 2017

The International Robot Exhibition is one of the world’s largest robot trade shows, which is held once every two years and will mark its 22nd exhibition this year.

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.

World Robot Summit 2018

October 17- October 21, 2018

WRS will bring together the world’s most advanced robots and robotic technologies along with researchers and developers of robots and key government and private industry players from around the world.

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Silke Lampe

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