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1st Quarterly Newsletter 2013

President´s Report

Robots improve manufacturing success and create jobs!

Robots improve manufacturing success and create jobs! This was the result of the update of the IFR research study titled "Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on employment". Two robot users from the United States, Drew Greenblatt, Marlin Steel and Matt Tyler, Vickers Engineering confirmed this during the IFR CEO Round Table discussion at the Automate show in Chicago.


More than 160,000 industrial robots sold in 2012

Robot supply to the United States continued to increase

"Despite the weak global economic development in 2012 the demand for global robot sales almost reached the all-time-high level of 2011", said Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR President, on Thursday in Frankfurt. "Investments in automation are ongoing!"


IFR: Robots Improve Manufacturing Success & Create Jobs

More than two million jobs will be created in the next eight years by robots

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) announced the publication of its updated research study titled "Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on employment." The study found that more than two million jobs will be created in the next eight years because of robotics in industry.


IFR CEO Round Table Discussion at the Automate in Chicago

Robots create Jobs!

The 4th IFR CEO Round Table discussion on 22 January 2013 at the Automate in Chicago focused on the impact of industrial robots on employment. The discussion also touched on other issues such as human-machine interaction, the need for a more educated workforce and the breakthrough of service robots.


IFR CEO Round Table 2013

Presentation market and study

Short review on 2011 robot statistics and forecasts up to 2015 by Arturo Baroncelli, IFR Vice President, and a summary on the results of the study "Positive impact of industrial robots on employment" by John Dulchinos, CEO Adept.  


ISR 2013 - 44th International Symposium on Robotics

In October in Seoul, Korea

The 44th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR2013) will be held from October 24 to 26, 2013, at the KINTEX in Seoul, Korea. The theme of ISR2013, Human-Robot Coexistence, intends to have a harmonious integration of robot and human beings.


IFR started tweeting

Come on and Follow us!

IFR decided to participate in the social network. With our new Twitter account we have now the possibility to reach more people interested in robotics.


Adept, USA - IFR-Partner

Lynx Creates New Category of Material Handling Automation

Adept Technology, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions, announces the launch of the Adept Lynx, a self-navigating Autonomous Indoor Vehicle (AIV).


Schunk, USA - IFR-Partner

Efficient Gripping of Large Strokes

The PHL from SCHUNK comes in two versions: The pneumatic PHL and the electric EGA.


Reis Robotics, Germany - IFR-Partner

Laser welding and laser hybrid welding with new laser robot RV60-26-FT from Reis Robotics

Reis Robotics presents the newly developed laser robot RV60-26-FT for laser welding and laser hybrid welding.


Fanuc Robotics Europe - IFR Partner

Latest FANUC LRMate robot slims down and speeds up for ideal machine-build solution

FANUC has introduced the latest version of its successful LR Mate 200 robot.  Ideally suited for integration into special purpose machinery the LR Mate 200iD is now more compact, faster, has increased payload and a larger work envelope.


Adept, USA - IFR-Partner

Adept Technology Introduces Simplified Robotic Parts Feeding Solution

Adept Technology announced the introduction of the Adept FlexiBowl®, an innovative vision-based robotic parts feeding solution available as an option on all Adept robot systems.


Fanuc Robotics Europe - IFR Partner

New FANUC Genkotsu series robot provides fast, mid-range, line builder solution

FANUC has added a new 3kg payload parallel link robot to its high-speed Genkotsu Series. The FANUC M-2iA fills a gap between the existing 1kg and 6kg arms providing a large work envelope, with high throughput performance for mid-range assembly and handling tasks.


OTC Daihen, Japan - IFR-Partner

Friendly Series - Highly efficient arc welding robot for thick plates

DAIHEN Corporation has proudly announced "a highly efficient arc welding robot for thick plates" that realizes highly efficient thick plate welding by easy operation. This robot was developed for thick-plate welding such as construction machines, construction steels, vehicles, bridges, and more, due to easy-to-use functions.


Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR-Partner

Robot quickly turns a profit at new machine shop

How does a small, burgeoning machine shop handle a request for the machining of 100,000 units on a CNC lathe? By investing in a flexible robot arm to carry out the job. This is how a new machine shop in Denmark addressed the issue. A year later, the company is expanding their production, enabling increased growth and more robot cells.


Reis, Germany - IFR-Partner

Practical success: Measurable energy saving in die casting automation

On Automatica 2012 the special introduction of VDMA 'Blue Competence' has met excellent feedback and praise from the specialist audience. Among the participating companies, Reis Robotics belongs to those which not only engage in permanent innovation projects, but have also already demonstrated sustainable success in practical use. Reis has established that it is possible to save plenty of energy even in the very energy-intensive die casting industry without any negative impact on the products - rather the contrary. 


Stäubli, France - IFR Partner

Step change in technology

Innovative machining robot for model and mold making - Although the design of plastic exterior parts for the automotive industry is nowadays accomplished by means of sophisticated computer systems, traditional mold making and hand-finishing methods still dominate production. Austrian premium manufacturer POLYTEC is now using state-of-the-art robotic machining, and is thriving on it.


Panasonic, Germany - IFR-Partner

Fast and easy to the optimal welding result

So far the programming of new work pieces was complicated and very time-consuming. For the company MÜNCH GmbH, based in Karlstadt in lower Franconia, Germany, this was the main reason to invest in a new welding robot system from Panasonic.


JARA, JAPAN - IFR Industry Association

Apply Now for iREX 2013!

International Robot Exhibition 2013 (iREX 2013) will take place at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan, from November 6 through 9, 2013. International Robot Exhibition, organized every alternate year since 1973, is the world's largest trade show focusing on robotics. 


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records in 2012

The North American robotics market has recorded its strongest year ever in 2012, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. A total of 22,598 robots valued at $1.48 billion were sold to companies in North America in 2012, beating the previous record of 19,337 robots sold in 2011.


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

Automate 2013 Reaches a Record Number of Attendees

Automate 2013, North America's leading automation event, was attended by a record 10,975 attendees from across the United States and 55 countries. The event took place January 21-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago.


Universal Robots, USA - IFR-Partner

Universal Robots hires Ed Mullen as National Sales Manager in North America

Universal Robots is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of our new U.S. National Sales Manager, Ed Mullen.


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association Member

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

2013 RIA Board of Directors Announced

The 2013 RIA Board of Directors was announced today during the Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida. The following robotic industry leaders join the board for their first two-year terms.


8 May, 2013

IERA Award Session and Presentation

The finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the ICRA Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany.


6-10 May, 2013

ICRA 2013

The conference theme is "Anthropomatics - Technologies for Humans", highlighting the paramount role of Robotics and Automation in improving human quality of life. It is organized by an international committee of experts in various fields of research.


2-5 Jul, 2013


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.