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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 +++

High demand for “Robotics skills” in post-Corona recovery

Education and training urgently needed for the automated economy of the future

Frankfurt, Aug 06, 2020 — By 2022, an operational stock of almost 4 million industrial robots are expected to work in factories worldwide. These robots will play a vital role in automating production to speed up the post-Corona economy. At the same time, robots are driving demand for skilled workers. Educational systems must effectively adjust to this demand.

Complete Human Robot Collaborative Production Line with T-Skin in Qisda

Effective Solution for Electronic Company

Aug 04, 2020 — In order to address the safety concerns of the industrial robots in Qisda’s human-robot collaboration manufacturing line, Touché Solutions provided a complete HRC safety solution – T-Skin. T-Skin can reduce the risk of collisions between humans and robots by its “contact-stop” feature.

Increase in small-batch production productivity using robots

The case of Company N - bridge metal structures manufacturer that uses ABAGY robotic service to reduce costs

Jul 20, 2020 — Production as a service enables to start with robotics without capital investment in equipment and the need to develop competencies in robotics. It offers transparent costs of production and On-the-fly robots control with ABAGY software. The customer will only pay for the actual work done (meters of weld seam, or area of painted surface). ‍

President’s Report by Milton Guerry

Impact of Coranavirus

Jun 30, 2020 — The IFR Committees recently gathered in a series of virtual meetings. These conversations replaced our regularly scheduled meetings during the automatica tradeshow, which would have been last week.

Bill, Ogawa and Yamaguchi elected as new IFR Executive Board members

IFR Committees elected new Chairs

Jun 29, 2020 — The IFR General Assembly elected Marina Bill (ABB), Kenji Yamaguchi (FANUC) and Masahiro Ogawa (Yaskawa) as new members for the IFR Executive Board. The delegates are following Steven Wyatt (ABB), Junji Tsuda (Yaskawa) and Shinsuke Sakakibara (FANUC).

Autonomous Mobile Robot for Transport and Delivery of Material

Robot relieves Hospital Staff

Jun 29, 2020 — The role of robots becomes increasingly important with the growing need for automation. They help unburden workers of repetitive and dangerous tasks, increase productivity and reliability, and save costs. And their assistance became priceless with the outbreak of COVID-19.

Blog

New IFR ‘World Robotics R&D Programs’
Providing unique overview of government focus and investment in main robot markets around the world
How robots help UK manufacturers face the headwinds of Brexit and COVID-19 coronavirus
by Mike Wilson, Chairman of the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA)

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

CRIC 2020

October 26- October 27, 2020

The China Robot Industry Conference (CRIC) 2020 - CRIA’s Annual Meeting - will be held from 26 to 27 October 2020 in Qingdao, China.

RobotWorld 2020

October 28- October 31, 2020

15th RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 28th – 31st, October.

Greater Bay Area Industrial Expo

November 24- November 27, 2020

23rd China DMP International Mould, Metalworking, Plastics & Packaging Exhibition, organized by Paper Communication Exhibition Services, will be held at Shenzhen World Exhibition

automatica

December 08- December 11, 2020

automatica 2020 has been postponed from June due to the Coronavirus

ISR 2020

December 09- December 10, 2020

Robotics in the dawning era of digitalization and artificial intelligence! After two years, the 52nd International Symposium on Robotics – ISR 2020 will be held again in Munich, Germany (9/10 December 2020).

Automate 2021

May 17- May 20, 2021

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

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