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Highlights

+++ IFR: New World Robotics Report 2019 by IFR +++ Bloomberg´s Noah Smith: The U.S. has forfeited leadership in robot industries +++ THE NEW YORK TIMES: Taking the Future of Manufacturing Into High Schools +++ BBC World Service: Russia and robots: Steel junk or a brave new world? +++

Collaborative robots will shape the future of medicine

Automation in medical technology

Sep 17, 2019 — Robots are being increasingly utilized in the medical field. For over 30 years, they have been supporting patient care in healthcare facilities worldwide. Despite this “tradition,” however, the age of medical robotics has only just begun, as a new breed of sensitive and collaborative robots is poised to shape the future of robotics in medicine.

President’s Report

Two IFR co-hosted CEO Roundtables are coming up

Jun 26, 2019 — With over 384,000 industrial robots installed globally in 2018, we again face another record year – according to our preliminary data presented in April. But the growth has slowed down significantly in 2018, compared to the high growth rates of the previous years. This slowdown is caused by several factors: uncertainties over the transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, declining smartphone sales and certain geo-political trends.

Robot destroys hospital bugs - IERA Award 2019

Blue Ocean Robotics’ “UVD Robot” drives around hospitals autonomously

Frankfurt/Montreal, Jun 18, 2019 — The 15th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) goes to the “UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics. The collaborative robot autonomously drives around hospitals while emitting concentrated UV-C light to eliminate bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. As a result, hospitals can guarantee a 99.99% disinfection rate – reducing the risk for patients, staff and relatives of contracting dangerous infections.

Man-Robot Collaboration Set for a Great Future in the Food Industry

Sequential

May 29, 2019 — At Bischofszell Nahrungsmittel AG, a subsidiary of the Migros Group (Switzerland), the potential of new technologies is currently being explored. In a pioneering MRC pilot project over a fixed period, the management set out to achieve two objectives, namely the efficient production of food and the humanization of the workplace.

Brexit: UK falling back in global automation race – robot sales down 3%

European Union´s industrial robot sales up 12%

Frankfurt, May 16, 2019 — Installations of industrial robots in the United Kingdom fell by 3 percent to 2,306 units in 2018. In the previous year, robot sales in the UK had risen by 31 percent. The European Union´s recent sales numbers are still positive - up 12 percent. This is according to the preliminary results of the World Robotics Report 2019.

IFR appoints Dr. Susanne Bieller as new General Secretary

IFR Statistical Department headed by Dr. Christopher Müller

Frankfurt, Apr 30, 2019 — The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) appoints Dr. Susanne Bieller as new General Secretary. The 41-year-old will take office on 1 May 2019 from Gudrun Litzenberger, who is retiring. At the same time, Litzenberger will hand over the management of the IFR Statistical Department to Dr. Christopher Müller.

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

iREX 2019

December 18- December 21, 2019

The iREX was first held in 1974, and it has since been held once every two years, marking its 23rd exhibition this year.

automatica

June 16- June 19, 2020

automatica is the world's leading marketplace for automated, intelligent production.

ISR 2020

June 17- June 18, 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 (17–18 June 2020).

INNOPROM 2020

July 06- July 09, 2020

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

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Dr. Susanne Bieller

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DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1502
E-Mail: secretariat(at)ifr.org

Dr. Christopher Müller

Director IFR Statistical Department

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Silke Lampe

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E-Mail: statistics(at)ifr.org