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IPA, Germany - IFR-R&D Institute

Fraunhofer IPA and Festo - winners of the German Future Prize 2010: Bionic Handling Assistant

On December 1, 2010, Dr. Peter Post and Markus Fischer from Festo, as well as Andrzej Grzesiak from Fraunhofer IPA were awarded with the German Future Prize (Deutscher Zukunftspreis) 2010 for their joint project entitled "The elephant's trunk as a model - a high-tech helper in industrial and household applications".

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Wittmann, Austria - IFR-Partner

Wittmann R8.2: The New Standard in Robot Control

Since its market introduction 2009 the WITTMANN robot R8 control has excelled by way of its trend-setting design, ease of use and intuitiveness. Just in time for K 2010 the performance spectrum has been significantly increased, whereby WITTMANN offers and makes available many of these performance enhancing functions at no extra cost.

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Wittmann, Austria - IFR-Partner

The new Wittmann Servo Robots

The participation of Wittmann at the K 2010 occured under the headline "A box full of innovations". This slogan at this year's K Show displayed particularly for the presentation of robots from WITTMANN, since a parade of new models was waiting for introduction.

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Danish Technological Institute, Denmark - IFR-R&D Institute

Great interest in the new DTI Centre for Robot Technology

Danish Technological Institute's (DTI) Centre for Robot Technology needed all of its 1,100 new square metres of laboratories and offices, as around 500 guests from Denmark and abroad on the 9th of November attended the opening of the new centre, which is three times the size of the previous centre.

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Panasonic, Germany - IFR Partner

Panasonic opened a new big Technical Centre in Neuss near Düsseldorf

Panasonic Robot and Welding Systems Europe has opened ceremonially its new Technical Centre at the European headquarters in Neuss near Düsseldorf corporately with 30 system partners from all over Europe.

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KUKA, Germany - IFR-Partner

New Generation - QUANTEC K

At the K trade fair, KUKA Roboter GmbH presented a new generation of shelf-mounted robots - QUANTEC K. With its extensive range of models, comprising 11 basic robot types, the QUANTEC K series ensures that there is a perfectly suited robot for every customer-specific application. For the first time, a single robot family covers the entire high payload range from 90 to 270 kg, with reaches from 2,900 to 3,900 mm.

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Fanuc Robotics Europe - IFR Partner

Compact High Speed Palletising Robot M410iB/140H

FANUC Robotics' latest addition to the M-410i range of palletising robots claims to be the fastest robot in its class performing cycles in less than 2 seconds.  The slimmer arm and wrist design make the 140Kg payload M-410iB/140H the most compact robot in the range.

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ABB, Sweden - IFR-Partner

ABB expands its industrial robot range with three new models

The new range of fourth-generation multipurpose robots is designed to increase productivity in machine tending, material handling, arc welding and other process applications. The IRB 2600 robots are extremely fast and compact, and can improve production cycle times by up to 25%.

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Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Plasmacutting robot for the structural steel industry

The Voortman revolutionary V808M fully automatic coping system not only copes profiles using plasma, but is now also capable of applying marking layout lines and information to all four sides of a profile. Voortman uses a plasmacutting robot from Valk Welding in their beam coping system V808M.

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New fixtures for car body assembly operations in the vehicle industry

Research Project SMARTFLEX

The paper summarizes part of the results of the project SMARTFLEX (co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and Education). The project involves Comau Robotics and FIAT with the goal to create conditions for breakthrough innovation in the car body assembly process in terms of autonomy and adaptivity to achieve higher flexibility and re-configurability. The overall objective is an assembly line processing numerous car bodies also with remarkably different geometry.

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