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Highlights

+++ 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 +++ Bloomberg´s Noah Smith: The U.S. has forfeited leadership in robot industries +++

President’s Report by Milton Guerry

The New Normal

Dec 02, 2020 — A very unique year, in many aspects, is coming to an end. Back in January, no one would have expected nor predicted the events that unfolded.

Next Generation Workforce - Upskilling for Robotics

IFR Executive Roundtable at automatica Talk

Nov 26, 2020 — Executives from robot suppliers, end-users and policy-making will draw a picture of the future of work in the factory and discuss what it takes to support the current and next generation workforce with the proper skills and develop a culture of lifelong learning.

Robots get hands and eyes like humans

Innovation Award Nominees

Frankfurt, Nov 25, 2020 — The finalists of the 16th Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation (IERA) showcase the latest skills robots have acquired to assist humans at work.

Exoskeletons enable paraplegics to walk again

Robots in Daily Life

Nov 24, 2020 — Exoskeletons from a variety of manufacturers enable people who were wheelchair bound to walk again, improving their physical and mental health.

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 Forward

March 22- March 26, 2021

Automate Forward is the automation industry’s premiere virtual trade show and conference

automatica sprint

June 22- June 24, 2021

Messe München is expanding the automatica portfolio in summer 2021 with a compact, new event format

INNOPROM 2021

July 06- July 09, 2021

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

ISR Europe 2021

July 06- July 09, 2021

The International Symposium on Robotics will be hosted for the first time at the INNOPROM show in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

TAIROS 2021

August 18- August 21, 2021

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

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.

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