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Highlights

+++ The Standard: Domestic robots are coming in 2019 - why it’s nothing to be afraid of +++ U.S.-News & World Report: Too Few Robots in the West Compared to Asia +++ IFR: Global industrial robot sales doubled over the past five years +++ ASSOCIATED PRESS: Service Robots: Global Sales Value up 39 Percent - Says IFR +++

President’s Report

Outlook of the new IFR President

Dec 18, 2017 — I just returned from the iREX in Tokyo. The record number of more than 130,000 visitors and more than 600 exhibitors has demonstrated the high interest in robotics. The global success story of industrial robots continued in 2017 for the 8th year in a row. Prospects for 2018 and beyond are promising.

iREX in Tokyo ended with new records

Tokyo, Dec 15, 2017 — International Robot Exhibition 2017 (iREX 2017), which was the largest scale ever, was a great success with 130,480 visitors from various countries during the four-day exhibition period from November 29 through December 2, 2017.

North American Automation Market Shattering Records in 2017

Robotics, Machine Vision, and Motion Control Segments at Highest Levels of Growth Ever

Ann Arbor, Dec 12, 2017 — The North American automation market set new records through the first nine months of 2017, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the leading global advocate for the benefits of automating. Results found records set in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology.

Soft Tissue Robotics

IRTG on Soft Tissue Robotics getting started – Facing the challenges of soft tissue interaction

Dec 07, 2017 — Interaction between rigid robotic devices and soft materials imposes significant challenges and largely unresolved problems to current practice in robotics. Therefore, a collaboration between the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and the University of Auckland (New Zealand) has been established, developing simulation-driven concepts and design for control and automation of robotic devices interacting with soft tissues.

International Federation of Robotics elected Junji Tsuda as new President

Frankfurt, Tokyo, Dec 06, 2017 — The Executive Board of the IFR has elected Japanese Junji Tsuda (Yaskawa Electric Corporation) as its new President. Mr. Tsuda succeeds Joe Gemma (KUKA, USA), who is leaving the rotating post as head of the global federation of robot manufacturers, having served his two-year term. Steven Wyatt (ABB, Switzerland) has been appointed as IFR´s new Vice President.

Robots: Japan delivers 52 percent of global supply

Japan is the world´s predominant industrial robot manufacturer

Frankfurt, Tokyo, Nov 23, 2017 — The production capacity of the Japanese suppliers has reached 153,000 units in 2016 – the highest level ever recorded. Today, Japan´s manufacturers deliver 52 percent of the global supply. These are results published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) ahead of the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) in Tokyo - November 29th - December 2nd 2017.

Blog

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

AUTOMATE 2019

April 08- April 11, 2019

Held once every two years in the United States, Automate is the broadest automation solutions event in North America, affording the best overview of the entire industry.

ISR 2019 Americas

April 08- April 11, 2019

The 51st International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2019 Americas) takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, USA. The conference is organized in conjunction with the Automate show.

Global Robot Expo

May 08- May 09, 2019

An international B2B exhibition that showcases the latest technologies in the robotics industry, with an estimated 11,000 professional visitors. It’s a place to show products, expand commercial networks, find distributors and attend to C-level conferences.

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Contact IFR

Gudrun Litzenberger

IFR General Secretary
IFR Statistical Department

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1502
Fax: +49 69-6603-2502
E-Mail: [email protected]

Nina Kutzbach

Assistant IFR Statistical Department

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1518
Fax: +49 69-6603-2518
E-Mail: [email protected]

Silke Lampe

Assistant IFR Secretariat

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1697
Fax: +49 69-6603-2697
E-Mail: [email protected]