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Highlights

World record: 248,000 industrial robots revolutionising the global economy

Munich, Jun 22, 2016 —

The worldwide sales of industrial robots achieved a new record number of 248,000 units in 2015. This represents a rise of 12 percent compared to the previous year (2014: 221,000 units). This sees the continuation of the global automation boom, which commenced in the wake of the financial crisis in 2009.

IERA Award 2016

World Robotics Award 2016 Goes to "YuMi®"

Munich, Jun 21, 2016 —

The twelfth IERA Award for robotics and automation goes to the collaborative dual-arm robot “YuMi®” by ABB Robotics this year. The name stands for “you and me - we work together” - since the robot was specially designed to work side by side with its human colleagues without protective fencing.

RIA to Present 2016 Engelberger Robotics Awards to Dr. Chia Day and Dean Elkins

Ann Arbor, Jun 12, 2016 —

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) announces the industry’s highest honor, the Engelberger Robotics Award recipients for 2016. The awards will be presented to Dr. Chia Day and Dean Elkins at a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 21st in Munich, Germany.

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. 

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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”

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

ROBOTWORLD 2018

October 10- October 13, 2018

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

Japan Robot Week 2018

October 17- October 19, 2018

Japan Robot Week 2018, as the exhibition specialized in service robots and robot-related technologies, has been held every following year of ‘International Robot Exhibition (iREX)’, and will mark its 4th exhibition this year.

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.

European Robotics Week 2018

November 16- November 25, 2018

Since 2011, the European Robotics Association "euRobotics" has successfully called on all European companies, institutes and institutions to bring robotics to the general public. Last year, more than 1,000 events took place in 36 countries!

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.

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Gudrun Litzenberger

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Nina Kutzbach

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Silke Lampe

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