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International Federation of Robotics elected Junji Tsuda as new President

Dec 06, 2017 Frankfurt, Tokyo The Executive Board of the IFR has elected Japanese Junji Tsuda (Yaskawa Electric Corporation) as its new President. Mr. Tsuda succeeds Joe Gemma (KUKA, USA), who is leaving the rotating post as head of the global federation of robot manufacturers, having served his two-year term. Steven Wyatt (ABB, Switzerland) has been appointed as IFR´s new Vice President.

The 66 year old Junji Tsuda is one of the most senior experts in the robotics industry. He serves as the Representative Director Chairman of the Board of the Japanese robot manufacturer Yaskawa Electric Corporation. Tsuda began working for Yaskawa in 1976, after obtaining his university degree (B.S.) in mechanical engineering at the renowned Tokyo Institute of Technology. Since the 1990s, Tsuda has headed various America-related business units and has been active in the parent company since 2003. Before being elected President of IFR, Mr. Tsuda assisted his predecessor, Joe Gemma, as Vice-President, a role he held for two years.

The new elected Vice President, Steven Wyatt, is the global Head of Marketing & Sales for ABB’s Robotics Business Unit. Prior to joining ABB in 2010, Mr. Wyatt held a series of executive marketing & sales roles within the plastics industry globally. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in his native Scotland. Steven Wyatt and Junji Tsuda were both elected by the IFR Executive Board which is composed of representatives of national robotics associations from all over the world, the IFR president and delegates of robot manufacturers and research institutes.

Junji Tsuda thanked the previous IFR President, Joe Gemma, for his successful work: “The presidency of Joe Gemma followed the mission, to deliver a better understanding about what drives the rapidly changing world of robotics. He did a great job by communicating with our many stakeholders around the Globe. As its new President it is my pleasure to proceed with his work. Together with the new Vice President, Steven Wyatt, I will carry his mission forward - for the International Federation of Robotics.

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Press Photos

UR5 - A highly flexible robot arm

© Universal Robots

Trelleborg uses UR5 robots (payload 5kg) to carry out machine tending mainly on CNC machines

UR3 - ultra-flexible table-top robot

© Universal Robots

MARKA uses UR3 robots (payload 3kg) to screw drive the caps on its own-brand consumer goods. Accuracy and reliability were the crucial factors for the investment.

Cheese Handling

© Staubli

Cutting and Handling of Cheese

Automotive

© Staubli

Automotives - Automation

Programming

© YASKAWA

Using the teach pendant for programming, or touch up of previously made offline programs.

Printing

© CoolGraphics/Yaskawa

MOTOMAN dual arm robot in a co‐worker robot cell. The robot separates, airs and moves stacks of printed paper sheets after the printing process.

Labrobot

© YASKAWA

The MOTOMAN dual arm robot in a biomedical cell where it performs all the necessary tasks in a laboratory environment.

Cleanfix

© BlueBotics 2017

Cleanfix - RA 660 - ANT driven cleaning a floor

ANT driven AGV

© BlueBotics 2017

AGV Scandinavia - ANT driven forklift

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