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Automation strategies drive 12% increase in number of robots at work globally

Collaborative industrial robots show strong growth

Oct 29, 2020 — Manufacturers turn to automation in order to remain competitive in an environment characterized by customer demand for individualized products, labour shortages and a rapidly expanding range of robot capabilities and automation technologies.

The rise of robots in machining

Aug 12, 2020 — Robots have historically not been widely used in machining applications, but that may be about to change. We look at the benefits of robots in machining, and how researchers are overcoming some of the traditional constraints of using robots for machining applications.

New IFR ‘World Robotics R&D Programs’

Providing unique overview of government focus and investment in main robot markets around the world

Jul 17, 2020 — A new paper, ‘World Robotics R&D Programs’ from the IFR Research Committee sets out for the first time an overview of public-sector research and development programs, policies and investment in robotics in the major robot-producing countries.

Faster robot communication through the OPC Robotics Companion Specification

May 28, 2020 — A new communications technology model developed by OPC Foundation members together with the mechanical engineering industry association in Germany and Europe (VDMA) paves the way for seamless communication between robots and other automation equipment.

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)

Apr 27, 2020 — UK manufacturing faces multiple headwinds. A long-term stagnation in productivity growth has been compounded by Brexit. The coronavirus brings new investment uncertainty and strain on labour productivity. The UK’s manufacturing sector must follow the example of its global competitors and turn to automation to regain its footing.

Robots on the front line of keeping people safe from the coronavirus

Apr 01, 2020 — Robots are playing an important role in combatting the coronavirus. We look at some of the ways in which robots are keeping people safe, fed, and able to access the care they need through the pandemic.

Melonee Wise, Chair of the IFR Service Robot Group, on trends in Service Robotics

Feb 05, 2020 — The IFR Secretariat spoke with Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics and Chair of the IFR Service Robot Group, about future trends in service robotics.

Preparing the workforce for automation

Dec 11, 2019 — Training programmes and other incentives are vital to enable the workforce to successfully adjust to the impact of automation. We look at some of the initiatives underway in different countries to adapt and profit from the growth in automation, including robot adoption.

Events

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

ISR 2020 - online event

December 09- December 10, 2020

Robotics in the dawning era of digitalization and artificial intelligence! the 52nd International Symposium on Robotics – ISR 2020 will be held online from December 09–10, 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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