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Highlights

+++ IFR: CEO Round Table 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 +++ ASSOCIATED PRESS: Service Robots: Global Sales Value up 39 Percent - Says IFR +++

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.

Co-act scenarios in the assembly of industrial components

Coexistence

Nov 30, 2018 — Schunk, a manufacturer of robot grippers, uses a collaborative robot in the pre-assembly process. A robot equipped with a camera takes base housings from a container and brings them to the worker. The robot also tightens screws, closes air connections on the gripper and strips excess glue. Meanwhile, workers complete tasks requiring high dexterity.

The perfect adhesive bonding duo

Sequential Collaboration

Nov 29, 2018 — Robots can apply adhesives far more accurately than human workers and are used for this task in a range of manufacturing environments. Machine manufacturer Dürr uses collaborative robots for adhesion, enabling robot and worker to operate at the same time in the same space – the robot does not have to be shut down each time the worker needs to perform a task.

Now the robot gets a grip on things

Sequential Collaboration

Nov 28, 2018 — BMW uses collaborative robots in the assembly process to lift heavy differential cases for assembly of front-axle transmissions. The operator places small and lightweight parts, such as spacers and ball bearings, into the transmission case, then presses a button to activate a ceiling-mounted robot, which fits the 5kg differential case in place.

Global industrial robot sales doubled over the past five years

World Robotics - Industrial Robot Report 2018 published

Tokyo, Oct 18, 2018 — The new World Robotics Report shows that a new record high of 381,000 units were shipped globally in 2017 – an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year. This means that the annual sales volume of industrial robots increased by 114 percent over the last five years (2013-2017). The sales value increased by 21 percent compared to 2016 to a new peak of US$16.2 billion in 2017.

Service robots – global sales value up 39 percent

World Robotics - Service Robot Report 2018 published

Tokyo, Oct 18, 2018 — Sales value of service robots for professional use increased by 39 percent to US$6.6 billion. The total number sold in this robot category rose by 85 percent (2017). Logistic systems show the strongest demand, accounting for 63 percent of the total units and 36 percent of the total sales (in value) of professional service robots. Prospects for service robots remain positive, as it is also a primary field for start-ups.

Blog

Why Japan leads industrial robot production
The Japanese robot industry – the past and the future - IFR Member Blog

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

AUTOMATE 2019

April 08- April 11, 2019

Held once every two years in the United States, Automate is the broadest automation solutions event in North America, affording the best overview of the entire industry.

ISR 2019 Americas

April 08- April 11, 2019

The 51st International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2019 Americas) takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, USA. The conference is organized in conjunction with the Automate show.

Global Robot Expo

May 08- May 09, 2019

An international B2B exhibition that showcases the latest technologies in the robotics industry, with an estimated 11,000 professional visitors. It’s a place to show products, expand commercial networks, find distributors and attend to C-level conferences.

iREX 2019

December 18- December 21, 2019

The International Robot Exhibition was first held in 1974, and it has since been held once every two years, marking its 23rd exhibition this year. The event will be hosted at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.

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