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Statements of CEOs of robotic companies on applications of robots, future prospects and opportunities provide the most current information on robotics from the most competent experts.

Statements of IFR CEO Round Table 2013

Robots create Jobs!

CEOs of the global robotics industry present in the audience took the opportunity to give their statement on "Robots create Jobs".

  • Steward Shepherd, CEO, Kuka Robotics, USA
  • Steve Barhorst, President & CEO, Yaskawa, USA
  • Matthias Poguntke, Product Manager, Schunk, Germany
  • Joe Gemma, CEO, Staubli, USA
  • Drew Greenblatt, CEO & Owner, Marlin Steel, USA
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Robots are the Future

CEOs of the global robotics industry present in the audience took the opportunity to give their statement on "Robots are the Future".

  • Hiroshi Fujiwara, Executive Director, JARA, Japan
  • Arturo Baroncelli, IFR Vice President
  • Thomas Visti, CCO, Universal Robots, Denmark
  • Steward Shepherd, CEO, Kuka Robotics, USA
  • Steve Barhorst, President & CEO, Yaskawa, USA
  • John Bubnikovich, ABB, USA
  • Michael Ferrara, Director, Epson Amerika, USA
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Vision of Manufacturing

CEOs of the global robotics industry present in the audience took the opportunity to give their statement on "Vision of Manufacturing".

  • John Dulchinos, President & CEO, Adept Technology, USA
  • Professor Alexander Verl, Head of Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering, Germany
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Research & Development

CEOs of the global robotics industry present in the audience took the opportunity to give their statement on "Research & Development".

  • John Dulchinos, President & CEO, Adept Technology, USA
  • John Bubnikovich, ABB, USA
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Education

CEOs of the global robotics industry present in the audience took the opportunity to give their statement to "Education".

  • Darryl Swann, Robotic Product Manager, Daihen, USA
  • Matt Tyler, President & CEO, Vickers Engineering, USA
  • Matthias Poguntke, Product Manager, Schunk, Germany
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Statements of IFR CEO Round Table 2012

Will the Automotive Industry continue to be the main driver of robot installations?

Dulchinos, Gundel, Nerseth, Minami, Gehrels

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Why did the sales to the General Industry did not increase so dynamically as expected?

Dulchinos, Minami, Nerseth, Gehrels

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What are the challenges in China?

Dulchinos, Nerseth, Minami, Gehrels

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What is the current status of cage free robotics?

Gundel, Minami, Gehrels

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Why does the adoption of service robots not move as quickly as expected?

Dulchinos, Minami, Nerseth, Gehrels

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How important is energy-efficiency in the robotics industry and for the customers?

Dulchinos, Gundel, Nerseth

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Statements of IFR CEO Round Table 2011

When is the robot as easy to be programmed as your i-phones?

Kevin Ostby, Vice President, FANUC Robotics America, USA/Japan
Ake Lindqvist, IFR President, recently retired from ABB Robotics USA/Sweden
John Dulchinos, CEO Adept, USA

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Do we need robots to facilitate the task of aging work force?

Stu Shepherd, President, KUKA America, USA/Germany
John Dulchinos, CEO Adept, USA

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What is being done to make robotic technology easier for manufacturing people to apply them?

Statement of Masahiro Ogawa, Chairman Yaskawa America, USA/Japan

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What new opportunities are there for robot applications with the addition of vision technology and image recognition software?

Ake Lindqvist, IFR President, recently retired from ABB Robotics USA/Sweden
John Dulchinos, CEO Adept, USA

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Will there be any crisis for the robotics industry in the future given the fact that the application range is becoming every broader?

Dr. Michael Wenzel, CEO Reis Robotics, Germany
Stu Shepherd, President, KUKA America, USA/Germany

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Automotive and electronics industries continue to leverage robotic technology, what other industries are starting to create a competitive advantage by applying robotic technology? What are the most promising new applications for robotic technology?

Kevin Ostby, Vice President, FANUC Robotics America, USA/Japan

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What is the most important incentive to use industrial robots in the manufacturing industry?

Ake Lindqvist, IFR President, recently retired from ABB Robotics USA/Sweden
John Dulchinos, CEO Adept, USA
Masahiro Ogawa, Chairman Yaskawa America, USA/Japan
Kevin Ostby, Vice President, FANUC Robotics America, USA/Japan
Stu Shepherd, President, KUKA America, USA/Germany
Dr. Michael Wenzel, CEO Reis Robotics, Germany

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