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Highlights

+++ BBC News: Why your new work colleague could be a robot +++ THE NEW YORK TIMES: Would You Let a Robot Take Care of Your Mother? +++ IFR: New World Robotics Report 2019 by IFR +++ Bloomberg´s Noah Smith: The U.S. has forfeited leadership in robot industries +++

Robots are us

Mar 05, 2020 — A high degree of automation – supported by elements of Industrie 4.0: component machining processes at KUKA provide insight into future-oriented production processes.

An Interconnected Arc Welding Robot Solution fit for Industry 4.0

Mar 05, 2020 — Roboteco SpA recently developed a robotic welding cell for its customer Steel-Tech aimed at improving production and inserting into the production process a new machine that is totally interconnected with all stages of the manufacturing process.

ABB Ability™ Connected Services helps keep KOKI in high gear

Mar 05, 2020 — As a global leader in gear systems whose customers demand just-in-time delivery, KOKI depends on reliability and uptime from its fleet of 60 robots. The German company, founded in 2003, makes precision gear shifters and boxes for some of the world’s leading automakers.

Automated calibration process at Perschmann Calibration GmbH with the sensitive KUKA robot

Mar 05, 2020 — In measuring technology, maximum precision is the only thing that counts. This provides ideal conditions for the use of robots. For efficient use, however, they must be able to grip various large objects without damaging them. At measuring technology specialist Perschmann Calibration GmbH, the sensitive KUKA LBR iiwa robot performs the loading of a coordinate measuring machine and thus automates the calibration process.

The autonomous way to Industry 4.0

Mobile Robots: the backbone of the factory of the future

Mar 04, 2020 — The increasing networking of industrial production requires more and more intelligent solutions in the field of intralogistics. Mobile robots help to successfully meet the demand for a highly flexible and transparent material flow. A Danish manufacturer shows how it works.

Universal Robots solves production challenges in Creating Revolutions’ assembly line

Mar 04, 2020 — The Miami startup Creating Revolutions was experiencing double-digit product reject rates in the assembly of their hospitality service pager. The UR3 cobot now handles soldering, drilling, silicone dispensing and light assembly while being controlled and monitored in a cloud-connected system, reducing rejects to near zero while increasing production efficiency almost five-fold.

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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

Japan Robot Week 2020

October 08- October 11, 2020

Japan Robot Week began in 2012 as the service robot and robot manufacturing technology specialty exhibition held once every two years.

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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