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10th IFR CEO Round Table at AUTOMATICA

Theme: Workplace 4.0 - The Role of Robots

The irrepressible march of robots is revolutionising the workplace of the future. This was the subject of a discussion between five CEOs of the world's leading robotic manufacturers, who were joined by experts from Boeing and Nestlé at the "World Robotics IFR CEO Round Table 2016" hosted in Munich. High calibre participants from the USA, China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland shared their practical knowledge on "Workplace 4.0 - The Role of Robots" in the light of the global automation boom.

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China seeking to join the Top 10 robotics nations by 2020

China wants to make the leap into the Top 10 of the world's most intensively automated nations by 2020. By then, its robot density is targeted to rise to 150 units - this being the number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees (2015: 36 units). The aim is to increase annual sales of domestically produced industrial robots to 100,000 units  by 2020. This goal was declared by Wang Ruixiang, President of the China Machinery Industry Federation, speaking at the "China International Summit of Robot Industry" in Shanghai. With a robot density of 36 units, China is currently ranked 28th in the world.

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Japanese Junji Tsuda is new Vice President

On 23 June 2016, the Executive Board of the world robots association IFR appointed Japanese Junji Tsuda as new Vice President of the International Federation of Robotics. Together with the President Joe Gemma, Tsuda will now manage the activities of the IFR. In 2008, he already had this position for a period of two years. Presently, the 65-year-old is the Representative Director Chairman of the Board of the Japanese robot manufacturer Yaskawa Electric Corporation. 

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IERA Award 2016

World Robotics Award 2016 Goes to "YuMi®"

The twelfth IERA Award for robotics and automation goes to the collaborative dual-arm robot "YuMi®" by ABB Robotics this year. The name stands for "you and me - we work together" - since the robot was specially designed to work side by side with its human colleagues without protective fencing. The International Federation of Robotics IFR together with the Robotics and Automation Society of the international association of engineers, IEEE-RAS, awarded the invention and entrepreneurship prize in Robotics and Automation (IERA) to ABB Robotics in Munich. 

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World record:

248,000 industrial robots revolutionising the global economy

The worldwide sales of industrial robots achieved a new record number of 248,000 units in 2015. This represents a rise of 12 percent compared to the previous year.

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President's Report

Again all-time high for robot sales

In 2015, global sales of industrial robots increased by 8% to almost 240,000 units, another all-time high for the third year in a row. The automotive industry and the electronics industry continued  investing in automation of their factories.  Asia, in particular China, was again the main driver of the growth.

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Case Studies

Panasonic - IFR Robot Supplier

Great customer experience in B2C through excellent cooperation in B2B

Here maybe a deodorant, probably even try the new shampoo out of television advertising - the drugstore customers like strolling through the ranks and rummage through the shelves after drugstore products. What exactly does this scenario have to do with the company Otto Kind and the welding processes form the company Panasonic Robot & Welding?

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

The UR5 robot arm manufactures components for EGR valves

The family company Attl a spol. s.r.o. Továrna na stroje (Machinery Factory) has expanded its product range into automotive segment; for one of the Volkswagen suppliers, the company started to produce stainless steel tubes used in heat exchangers in EGR valves of modern combustion engines for both passenger and commercial vehicles, whose main task is to reduce exhaust emissions.

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Mobile robot colleagues on wheels increase productivity and worker safety at Scott Fetzer Electrical Group

A mobile fleet of Universal Robots will now receive daily work orders to solve ever-changing tasks with high mix - low volume electronics manufacturer Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG) in Tennessee. The collaborative robots have optimized production by 20 percent, taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks from employees.

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Mobile Industrial Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Capital injection of clever money into the Danish robot industry: High-growth robot company MiR receives growth capital from a strong team of private investors

Thanks for the offer, but no thanks, was the final answer to several Chinese, European and US investors, who in 2015 became aware of the obvious potential in up-and-coming Danish robot manufacturer Mobile Industrial Robots.
Only a year ago, MiR launched its innovative, flexible, mobile robot MiR100, and in step with MiR's steep growth where new countries were conquered each month, the company received a growing number of inquiries from potential investors. Public and private foundations also offered their services, and all of them were thoroughly considered. But none came out of the cold.

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Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplie

Blue Ocean Robotics wins tender for developing of a disinfection robot for reducing infection rates in hospitalso

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) results in over 3,000 deaths annually and costs for DKK 1.2 billion for the Danish healthcare system. Because of this, the Danish Market Development Fund and a partnership of Danish hospitals (Sygehuspartnerskabet) have entered a 2-year co-development project with Blue Ocean Robotics with the purpose of developing and testing a disinfection robot for hospitals.

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Events

12-15 Oct, 2016

ROBOTWORLD 2016

ROBOTWORLD is one of the biggest global robot shows including exhibitions, conference and robot contest all in one. It now commemorates 11th anniversary and you will find state-of-the-art technologies and trends in industrial and service robots. This year, IROS 2016 (9-14, Oct) will be held in the same week of ROBOTWORLD in Korea.

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3-6 Apr, 2017

AUTOMATE 2017

Automate showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions. From traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies, you'll find ways to automate every process in your company.

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3-6 Apr, 2017

ISR 2017 Americas

The 48th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2017 Americas) takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, USA. The conference is organized in conjunction with the Automate show.

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5-8 Jul, 2017

CIROS 2017

This edition of Shanghai International Robot Show is dedicated to draw into the world's most advanced robot technology and top achievements to promote China's industrial robot manufacturers to develop both domestic and international markets.

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5-8 Jul, 2017

ISR 2017 Asia

The 49th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2017Asia) takes place for the first time in China at Shanghai, National Exhibition and Convention Center. The conference is organized in conjunction with the CIROS show.

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