Members press release

Walter Zulauf elected as new Chairman of EUnited Robotics

At the EUnited Robotics members' assembly on Thursday, December 8, 2016, Walter Zulauf, Director of Technology at Güdel Group AG, was elected as the new Chairman of EUnited Robotics for the next three years.  Walter Zulauf will succeed Henrik A. Schunk (CEO, Schunk GmbH & Co. KG) who held the position for the last 6 years.

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Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D member

ARENA2036: Creating the Automobile Production of the Future

ARENA2036 is a research campus in Stuttgart where partners from industry and research institutions investigate and demonstrate the future of automobile manufacturing. Up until now, the core of automotive manufacturing processes is the assembly line, whereas future production systems will ask for more agile and transformable manufacturing systems with reduced dependency from conveyor belts and fixed cycle times.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records for First Nine Months of 2016

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2016. A total of 23,985 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of seven percent in units and three percent in dollars over the same period in 2015, which held the previous record.

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Wittmann, Austria - IFR Robot Supplier

Wittmann celebrates 40th anniversary!

Beginning with the production of flow regulators in 1976, Dr. Werner Wittmann laid the cornerstone for a success story like no other in the plastics processing industry - and one that continues to this day. On June 8 and 9, 2016, customers and business partners of the WITTMANN Group were invited to Vienna to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company. 1,650 guests were welcomed.

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Stäubli, France - IFR Robot Supplier member

Six-axis models for all facets of automation

At Automatica 2016, Stäubli Robotics demonstrated for the first time the full capacity of the new TX2 series. With their clean, consistent performance, the six-axis machines are masters of every facet of automation, including high-volume manufacture, Industry 4.0 applications and human-robot collaboration under all imaginable production conditions.

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Fanuc Americas - IFR Robot Supplier member

FANUC America Appoints Mike Cicco President and CEO

FANUC America Corporation announced Mike Cicco has been named the company's President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  As President and CEO, Cicco will have responsibility for all of the company's operations in North and South America.  In addition, Rick Schneider has been named Chairman of FANUC America and will continue in his role as a board member of parent company, FANUC Corporation. 

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

RIA to Present 2016 Engelberger Robotics Awards to Dr. Chia Day and Dean Elkins

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) announces the industry's highest honor, the Engelberger Robotics Award recipients for 2016. The awards will be presented to Dr. Chia Day and Dean Elkins at a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 21st in Munich, Germany. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the joint 47th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2016) and AUTOMATICA.

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MHI, Germany - IFR R&D Institute Member

MHI on AUTOMATICA 2016

The Academic Society for Assembly, Handling and Industrial Robotics, Germany (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Montage, Handhabung und Industrierobotik (MHI) e.V.) presents at AUTOMATICA 2016 in Munich. Where are current and new applications for robots? How do humans and robots work together in production systems and factories of the future?

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Records Strongest Opening Quarter Ever

The North American robotics market has set new records to begin 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. A total of 7,406 robots valued at approximately $402 million were ordered from North American companies during the first quarter of 2016. The number of units ordered in the first three months of 2016 is a new record among opening quarters, growing seven percent over the same period in 2015. 

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Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D member

Open-Source Software in Robotics and Automation: Best Practices (19-20 April, Stuttgart)

A two-day event dealing with Open-Source Software (OSS) in robotics and automation will be hosted by Fraunhofer IPA on April 19-20 in Stuttgart, Germany: "Open-Source Software in Robotics and Automation: Best Practices and Legal Aspects".

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