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New IFR Industry Association Member

Chinese Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA) joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Industry Association member Chinese Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA), who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. In 2013, the alliance was initiated by the China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF) as a non-profit organization that will focus on robot research and development, production and utilization.


President's Report

2013 set new Record in Sales

Excellent news for the Robotics Industry: Year 2013 has seen another all-time record in robot sales, reaching 168,000 units. The main driver of the new record is the impressive demand in the Asian market, which confirms the growth achieved during recent years as well as the expected projections.


45th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2014

Registration opened - Program released

The 45th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2014) and the 8th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK 2014) - ISR/ROBOTIK 2014 will be held from 2 to 3 June  2014 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany. Early bird specials for registration are valid until 1 May 2014. Please register now.


6th IFR CEO Round Table on Easy to use Robots

Two Users and one Chinese Robot Supplier will participate

Dr. Day from Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry Co. (Foxconn) as a robot user in the electronics industry and Dr. Stefan-Markus Baginski from BMW as a robot user in the automotive industry will discuss among robot suppliers on "Easy to use robots - challenge and chance to capture new applications and customers".


IERA Award 2014 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2014

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 15 April 2014. On 8 July 2014, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the CIROS show and conference in Shanghai, China.


IFR: All-time-high for industrial robots in 2013

Strong demand from Asia

"The global demand for industrial robots reached an all-time-high of about 168,000 units in 2013," said Arturo Baroncelli, IFR President, on Wednesday in Frankfurt. "The success story of the robotics industry is continuing."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



15-17 Apr, 2014

The Vision Show and Conference

The Vision Show, North America's largest vision and imaging trade show and conference, will be held in Boston, Massachusetts at the Hynes Convention Center, April 15-17, 2014. AIA, the world's largest trade association promoting vision and imaging industries, founded The Vision Show in 1996.


2 Jun, 2014

Joseph F. Engelberger Awards

The Engelberger Awards Presentation will be held at the Gala Dinner of the International Symposium on Robotics in Munich.


2-3 Jun, 2014

ISR 2014 / ROBOTIK 2014

The joint conference of the 45th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2014) and the 8th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK 2014) takes place at the East Entrance on the grounds of Messe München.  The joint conference is organized in conjunction with the international trade fair AUTOMATICA.


3-6 Jun, 2014


AUTOMATICA is the central meeting point for manufacturers and users of assembly and handling technology, robotics and machine vision. It is equally ideal as a platform for suppliers of the associated technologies.


8 Jul, 2014

IERA Award Presentation

On 8 July 2014, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the CIROS Show and Conference in Shanghai.