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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.


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. 


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. 


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.


47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016

High-level Keynotes

The 47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016 will start at the AUTOMATICA in Munich on 21 June 2016. High level keynotes are promising an interesting event. 


On the Death of Yukio Hasegawa

A Pioneer of Robotics

It is with our deepest sorrow to announce that Yukio Hasegawa, Professor Emeritus at Waseda University, Japan, passed away on May 23rd, 2016 at the age of 89. Yukio Hasegawa was very engaged in the International Symposium on Robotics ISR from the very beginning, in the seventies, and was one of the founders of the International Federation of Robotics IFR in 1987. In 1992 he became the IFR Chairman.


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.


Industrial robots post a new sales record in 2015

a rise of 8 percent

In 2015 the number of industrial robots sold worldwide surpassed the 240,000 unit mark for the first time. This corresponds to global year-on-year growth of 8 percent. The greatest demand was again registered by the automotive industry.


US economy: Auto sector buys every second industrial robot

The US economy is one of the front-runners in the global automation race. By 2018, the number of industrial robots sold to 2018 will, on average, rise by at least five percent per annum, to a new record of 31,000 units (2014: 26,202). About one-half of these will be installed by car makers and their suppliers. Viewed according to robotic density - meaning the number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees - the US automotive industry, with 1,141 units, already ranks third in the world's national economies after Germany (1,149 units) and Japan (1,414 units).


AUTOMATICA 2016 - Munich, Germany

Breakup in a new era of smart robotics and automation

On June 21 to 24, 2016, up to 850 companies are going to display their solutions for the optimization of production processes and professional service robotics in six exhibition halls. AUTOMATICA in Munich.  Highlight topics are Human-Robot-Collaboration, Industry 4.0 and Professional Service Robotics.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.



3-6 Apr, 2017


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