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Strong growth in robot adoption in the US and Europe drives 2018 sales of industrial robots

May 13, 2019 — Growth in robot sales in the US 2018 outstripped IFR predictions and, combined with continued growth in Europe, drove record annual industrial robot sales of 384,000.

Why robot sales in China will survive slowdown in car production

Apr 04, 2019 — Slowing production and sales of cars in China have led to speculation over knock-on effects on China’s booming robot industry. Strong growth in robot adoption in other manufacturing sectors will compensate, says the Chinese Robot Industry Alliance(CRIA).

New U.S. Standard Sets the Bar for Industrial Mobile Robot Safety

Feb 13, 2019 — R15.08, a new U.S. standard for industrial mobile robot safety due in 2019, addresses new capabilities of industrial robots and mobile platforms.

IFR publishes collaborative industrial robot definition and estimates supply

Jan 24, 2019 — Following extensive consultation with members, the International Federation of Robotics has published a definition of a collaborative industrial robot that will used as the basis for gathering and publishing statistics on this emerging category.

Why Japan leads industrial robot production

The Japanese robot industry – the past and the future

Dec 17, 2018 — According to World Robotics - Industrial Robot Report 2018, recently published by the IFR, Japan is the world’s leading supplier of industrial robots. Japanese industrial robot manufacturers delivered just over half (almost 55%) of industrial robots supplied in 2017 – 39% more than in 2016.

Logistics drives 39% increase in professional service robot sales

Nov 22, 2018 — Sales in robot systems for logistics more than doubled to 69,000 in 2017 compared with 26,300 in 2016, accounting for US $2.4 billion in sales – an increase of 138% over 2016. Logistics systems accounted for 63% of the number of units sold and 36% of the total sales value of professional service robots in 2017.

Automation boom in electrical /electronics industry drives 30% increase in sales of industrial robots

Nov 07, 2018 — The electrical and electronics (E&E) industry is a key driver of a 30% growth in sales of industrial robots in 2017. E&E sectors accounted for 32% of robot sales, only 1 percentage point behind sales to the automotive industry which so far has been the main driver of robot adoption. We look at the reasons for the rapid uptake of automation in the E&E sector.

Robots and AI: Vision and Reality

Sep 27, 2018 — Robots that can ice-skate, hoover the house, flip burgers, pour beer and share jokes with humans are making headlines and scoring millions of hits on YouTube. Robotics is moving at a fast pace and much of this is due to rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI).

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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