The role of robots in healthcare

Part 1

Mar 29, 2021 — In the first of a two-part post, we look at the role of robots in drug development and production and hospital logistics.

Top 5 Robot Trends 2021

Smart robots for flexible production and resilient supply chains

Feb 25, 2021 — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a number of recent developments in robotics into the limelight and is accelerating robot adoption in existing and new sectors. We look at five top trends.

Up-skilling today and tomorrow’s workforce for automation

The Challenge of the 2020s

Jan 05, 2021 — Experts in a virtual executive roundtable discussion hosted by IFR together with Messe München agree the most urgent challenge in up-skilling is ensuring effective collaboration between public and private-sector organization.

Strong growth forecast for sales of professional and domestic service robots

with boom in 2019 sales

Dec 01, 2020 — New sales of professional service robots increased in 2019 by 32% over 2018 to US$ 11.2 billion, while the sales value of service robots for personal use is up 20% to US$ 5.7 billion.

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.


automatica sprint

June 22- June 24, 2021

Messe München cancelled in-person event


July 06- July 09, 2021

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

ISR Europe 2021

July 06- July 09, 2021

53th International Symposium on Robotics will be held for the first time in Russia in parallel with the main Russia’s industrial trade show – INNOPROM.


August 18- August 21, 2021

The Taiwanese robot exhibition will be located at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1&2

RobotWorld 2021

October 27- October 30, 2021

RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 27 – 30 October 2021.

Greater Bay Area Industrial Expo

November 23- November 26, 2021

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


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