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New IFR R&D Member

Mobile Industrial Robots Aps joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR R&D member Mobile Industrial Robots Aps (MIR), who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. The vision of MIR is the automation of internal transport.

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President's Report

Robots increase Productivity, the very Foundation of a prospering Labour Market

The increasing use of robots has motivated a number of researchers to analyse the impact of automation on jobs and the economy: like many things, the forecasts and views are often different. In this perspective I like to cite some views and studies supporting the positive effects of the introduction of Robots and Automation.

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2015 IERA Award Joint Winners Announced in Seattle

Kinova and Q-Bot convinced

The 2015 Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) award was shared by François Boucher of Kinova Inc., Canada and Tom Lipinski of Q-Bot Limited, United Kingdom.

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Case Studies

Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Offline programming increases welding production by Hekamp

The practical approach of Valk Welding and the functionalities offered by the programming system DPTS G2 persuaded father and sons Kampert of Hekamp Werktuigen en Aanbouwdelen to purchase a new welding robot system from Valk Welding.

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Stäubli, USA - IFR Partner

Clearing Bottlenecks in the Mountains: A Morrill Motors Case Study

The town of Erwin is just a 2-mile hike off the Appalachian Trail where East Tennessee borders North Carolina. Native Americans once used this area, like so many communities in these mountains, as hunting ground. Even today, Erwin residents uncover arrowheads or other treasures in their gardens. Morrill Motors, located in the center of Erwin, also unearthed valuable assets recently while automating a portion of their unit-bearing motor assembly line.

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Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Complete welding robot cell delivered from stock within 1 week

Valk Welding was asked this summer by Hydrospex, a hydraulic heavy lifting systems producer, to deliver a welding robot with a short lead time.The company needed to weld a series of 800 tubular products for a new developed system in just a few months, a task that would involve temporarily employing 15 extra welders.

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ABB, UK - IFR-Partner

Packing robot provides the muscle for Bradman Lake's new case packing system

ABB's IRB260 packing robot is at the centre of the new AX Case Packing system from Bradman-Lake Group - specialists in the design, development and manufacturer of packaging machinery. The system provides manufacturers with a robotic case packer designed to automatically form, top load fill and close RSC and HSC style corrugated cases within one frame.

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DÜRR, Germany - IFR Partner

Progress in robotic painting systems

It is becoming increasingly clear that a process which is technically feasible may not necessarily always represent the best solution. Reducing the complexity of painting systems is an important aspect of product development.

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Events

12-14 Oct, 2015

National Robot Safety Conference

North America's robotics trade group, Robotic Industries Association (RIA), will host two major events in Pittsburgh this coming October. The 27th National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 12-14, 2015 followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on October 15. Both events will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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28-31 Oct, 2015

ROBOTWORLD 2015

ROBOTWORLD 2015 is the biggest industrial exhibition in Korea. ROBOTWORLD is centering around robots and automation equipment and also featuring relevant industries such as machinery, metal and industrial materials, thereby ensure the maximum business outcomes for the participants. It's covering all upstream and downstream process industries of robots, automation and even diverse field of service robots. ROBOTWORLD offers business opportunities that will substantially help your business grow.

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19 Nov, 2015

AIA Vision in Life Sciences Conference

AIA has announced it will host its first Vision in Life Sciences Conference in San Diego this fall. The inaugural event will be held November 19, 2015 at the Marriott hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, California.

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2-5 Dec, 2015

iREX 2015

This show is designed to provide a place to exhibit robots and peripheral equipment in order to enhance market awareness of new technology.

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3-5 Feb, 2016

A3 Business Forum

Registration is now open for the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Business Forum. More than 500 global leaders from the robotics, machine vision, motion controls, motors, and other automation industries are expected to attend.

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