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New IFR Members

Russian Association of Robotics (RAR) and Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Association member the Russian Association of Robotics (RAR) and IFR Robot Supplier member Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics.

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President's Report

Outlook 2015/2016

We are in the middle of one of the most exciting times in the history of Robotics and the automation industry.  We continue to see explosive growth with 2015 topping 2014 by 15% and establishing a new record in Robot sales worldwide.

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IFR has elected Joe Gemma as new President

The Executive Board of the IFR has elected Joseph Gemma (KUKA Robotics Corporation US) as its new President. Mr. Gemma succeeds Arturo Baroncelli (Comau Robotics, Italy), who is leaving the rotating post as head of the global federation of robot manufacturers, having served his two-year term. 

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On the Death of Joseph Engelberger

Visionary and Father of Robotics

The global federation of robot manufacturers, IFR, mourns the loss of Joseph Engelberger. The father of robotics founded the company, Unimation Inc. in 1961, where he developed the first industrial robot, Unimate. So it was, that he launched the global revolution in industrial manufacturing.

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China enforces historic Robot Boom

Sales up 56 percent

In 2018 China will account for more than one-third of the industrial robots installed worldwide. At this very moment China is engaged on a historically unprecedented effort to catch-up in the race towards automation. The latest figures show that sales of industrial robots jumped to around 57,000 units in 2014 - a rise of 56 percent. The nation's robotics industry is benefiting from an additional boost in the form of the Chinese Government's new competitive offensive, "China Manufacturing 2025".

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Statements of CEOs on the results of World Robotics 2015

Based on the results of the World Robotics - Industrial Robots 2015, the global robotics industry is looking with confidence into the future:

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World Robotics Survey: Industrial robots are conquering the world

By 2018 global sales of industrial robots will on average grow year on year by 15 percent - the numbers of units sold will double to around 400,000 units. Five major markets representing 70 percent of the total sales volume: China, Japan, USA, South Korea and Germany. So says the 2015 World Robot Statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

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World Robotics Survey: Service robots are conquering the world

By 2018 global sales of privately used service robots will increase to around 35 million units. At 25 million units, domestic robots (vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, window cleaners etc.) will be right at the top of the future shopping lists of private customers. Estimated sales value - upwards of 12 billion US dollars (2015-2018). Added to that there are around nine million entertainment- and leisure robots with an estimated volume of 7.6 billion US dollars (2015-2018).

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47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016

Call for Papers - deadline extended to 18 January 2016

Robotics in the Area of Digitalization! After two years the 47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016 will again be held in Munich, Germany, from June 21-22. The Call for Papers for submission has been extended to 18 January 2016.

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Case Studies

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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Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

YASKAWA supports design project MOTOMAN robot creates artworks made of sand

It was a first appearance as a "New Talent" at the DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2015 not only for Israeli-born art student Jon McTaggart, but also for a MOTOMAN handling robot. With the support of YASKAWA, the innovative designer uses the robot as a 3D printer, enabling him to create complex shapes from a variety of materials.

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Events

21-24 Jun, 2016

AUTOMATICA 2016

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.

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21-22 Jun, 2016

ISR 2016

Robotics in the Area of Digitalization! After two years the 47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016 will again be held in Munich, Germany, from June 21-22.

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6-9 Jul, 2016

CIROS 2016

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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11-14 Jul, 2016

INNOPROM 2016

INNOPROM is a trade fair rooted in the priorities driving world industry and technology at present - and on the priorities that underpin Russia's program of industrial and manufacturing development.

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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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