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Highlights

+++ IFR: OUTLOOK on IFR World Robotics Report 2019 +++ U.S.-News & World Report: Too Few Robots in the West Compared to Asia +++ IFR: Global industrial robot sales doubled over the past five years +++

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Sequential Cooperation

Dec 05, 2018 — Specialist glass maker Saint Gobain uses a collaborative robot equipped with a force-torque sensor for glass polishing, reducing production time by one third and freeing workers from the constant vibration of manual polishing. Employees now program the robot by guiding the arm, prepare the glass and also wash the polished glass.

Collaborative robots in the greenhouse

Coexistence

Dec 04, 2018 — Rosborg Food Holding, Denmark's largest producer of herbs and miniature plants, uses a collaborative robot in its packaging operations to pick up pots of herbs from a conveyor belt and place them in cartons. The robot is also used to pick up and position cardboard boxes in place for another machine to insert pre-packaged salad

Collaborative robot cell for the production of safety valves

Sequential Collaboration

Dec 04, 2018 — Plastic component manufacturer Weiss Kunststoffverarbeitung uses collaborative robots to assemble complex components containing metallic parts as well as plastic parts moulded by Weiss. Workers place some of the parts into a fixture, then the robot inserts additional parts, and places the assembled valve in a device for pressure testing.

Universal Robots polishes Paradigm to 50% production increase

Sequential Collaboration

Dec 04, 2018 — Force-feedback technology in cobots enables the automation of applications such as polishing that require fine-tuning of applied pressure. Paradigm, a manufacturer of high-performance loud speakers and subwoofers achieved a 50% productivity increase with a collaborative robot working alongside an employee to polish and buff lacquered speaker cabinets.

Škoda Auto, MATADOR Group and KUKA: ending the separation of humans and robots in factories

Coexistence

Dec 04, 2018 — Automotive manufacturer, Škoda uses collaborative robots in the assembly of automatic transmission systems. Workers bring gear actuator pistons to a collaborative robot which inserts them into the transmission housing. Torque sensors provide feedback on resistance, enabling the robot to insert the components without forcing them into place.

SIASUN collaborative robot helps the automobile industry to change its manufacturing mode

Cooperation

Nov 30, 2018 — In this example of screw tightening at Chinese automotive manufacturer CSVW, a collaborative robot picks up a screw tightening gun to tighten three screws on an engine, puts down the first gun, then picks up a second in tighten two other screws. A worker meanwhile performs other tasks on the engine.

Blog

Why Japan leads industrial robot production
The Japanese robot industry – the past and the future

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

INNOPROM 2019

July 08- July 11, 2019

NNOPROM is the main industrial, trade and export platform in Russia.

CiROS 2019

July 10- July 13, 2019

China International Robot Show (CiROS)is China's first national exhibition platform covering the whole product chain of robots.

TAIROS 2019

August 21- August 24, 2019

The Taiwanese robot exhibition will be located at Taipei World Trade Center, Nangang exhibiton hall

ROBOTWORLD 2019

October 09- October 12, 2019

14th RobotWorld, which is the biggest specialized robotics exhibition in Korea and will be held during 9th – 12th, October.

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.

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