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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotic Orders Record Second-Highest Quarter Ever in First Quarter 2014

The robotics market in North America posted its second-highest quarter ever in terms of robots ordered in first quarter 2014, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group.

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Schunk, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

7th SCHUNK Expert Days on Service Robotics 2014

There have never been so many market-viable service robotics applications - and never before such a sense of excitement in this market, until now. Google's broad-based entry into the fascinating world of innovative robots has finally made the technology world - along with potential users and investors - aware of this fascinating sector. 

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Kuka, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

KUKA inaugurates new Robot Production Facility in Asia

Following the start-up of its new production facility in Shanghai, KUKA celebrated its opening in the company of guests from China and abroad. At center stage was one of the best-known Germans in China: table tennis star Timo Boll. The premiere of the film, in which Boll competes against a KUKA robot, was a highlight of the event.

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VDMA, Germany - IFR Industry Association

VDMA Robotics + Automation under new management

Patrick Schwarzkopf is the new Managing Director of VDMA Robotics + Automation. He succeeds Thilo Brodtmann, who had been at the helm of the association for 15 years and has recently been nominated to become the new VDMA Executive Director as of February 1st 2015.

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Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR Robot Supplier member

Thick plate technology simplifies Multi-Pass Welding

In close consultation with Panasonic Welding Systems, Valk Welding has developed specific technology for the multiple layer welding of thick, heavy plate sections using Panasonic welding robots. This Thick Plate technology is based on a combination of welding seam detection and specific Thick Plate welding technology software.

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Schunk, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

Mobile robots for professional industrial cleaning

Will the cleaning robot be as much a natural part of professional industrial cleaning as a sweeper or a steam cleaner soon? This project is led by Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, in cooperation with Dussmann Service, an expert in services for facilities management. The project is utilizing the standardized lightweight arm, a gripper hand, and an electric quick-change module from SCHUNK.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

A3 Business Forum Reaches Record Number of Attendees

Some 450 global automation executives attended the annual Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Business Forum. The event focused on how new and emerging technologies have created new business opportunities for automation professionals around the world.

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Bluebotics, Switzerland - IFR Robot Supplier Member

ANT® - The key to efficient mobile robotics

How BlueBotics lays the foundation for service robots: Our environment is dynamic: objects get moved around and change, while new objects - people and robotic colleagues - appear. No problem thanks to ANT® (Autonomous Navigation Technology), which brings 'intelligence' to automated guided vehicles.

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Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

New Motoman robots at Schweißen & Schneiden - Slim and fast

At the Schweißen & Schneiden trade fair Yaskawa presented new 6-axis robots for arc welding, handling, laser welding, cutting and surfacing: the Motoman MA1440, MH12 and MC2000.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Shipments Grow in 2013 While New Orders Contract

Following a strong year in 2012, the North American robotics market recorded its best year ever in 2013 in terms of robot shipments, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group.

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