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1st Quarterly Newsletter 2014

President's Report

2013 set new Record in Sales

Excellent news for the Robotics Industry: Year 2013 has seen another all-time record in robot sales, reaching 168,000 units. The main driver of the new record is the impressive demand in the Asian market, which confirms the growth achieved during recent years as well as the expected projections.


6th IFR CEO Round Table on Easy to use Robots

Two Users and one Chinese Robot Supplier will participate

Dr. Day from Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry Co. (Foxconn) as a robot user in the electronics industry and Dr. Stefan-Markus Baginski from BMW as a robot user in the automotive industry will discuss among robot suppliers on "Easy to use robots - challenge and chance to capture new applications and customers".


IFR: All-time-high for industrial robots in 2013

Strong demand from Asia

"The global demand for industrial robots reached an all-time-high of about 168,000 units in 2013," said Arturo Baroncelli, IFR President, on Wednesday in Frankfurt. "The success story of the robotics industry is continuing."


45th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2014

Registration opened - Program released

The 45th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2014) and the 8th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK 2014) - ISR/ROBOTIK 2014 will be held from 2 to 3 June  2014 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany. Early bird specials for registration are valid until 1 May 2014. Please register now.


IERA Award 2014 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2014

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 15 April 2014. On 8 July 2014, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the CIROS show and conference in Shanghai, China.


IFR at INNOPROM's Conference in Moscow

Exhibition will take place in July 9-12, 2014

As part of the preparation for the fifth anniversary industrial trade fair INNOPROM the international conference "New industrial environment: New industries, New vectors of development" was held at the Baltchug Kempinski Hotel in Moscow. Dr. Bauer, Chairman of IFR Industrial Robot Suppliers Committee, took part in the conference.


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.


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.


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.


ABB, Sweden - IFR Robot Supplier

ABB helps Volvo Cars create a greener vehicle interior

ABB, the world's leading supplier of power and automation technologies, has provided an integrated application solution featuring spraying, gluing and wiping for Volvo Car Group's new production base in Chengdu, China; becoming the first robot supplier to provide a water-soluble adhesive system solution in the Chinese market. 


Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Partner

Innovative robot welding system for a diverse spectrum of parts

Robot welding is by no means new in the production line at Scheppach, the renowned manufacturer of woodworking machines. What is new, however, is a fully automatic Yaskawa welding system that is establishing a benchmark in terms of welding performance and flexibility.


Wittmann, Austria - IFR-Robot Supplier member

Consistent use of automation ensures quality and productivity

Even when producing simple parts, the use of robots and automation pays off. Automation allows for short cycle times and highest process reliability which makes for low costs, which in turn leads to a quick return on investment, especially in mass production. This is impressively demonstrated by the German Busch-Jaeger company, which specializes in plastic parts for electrical installations.


Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

Fully automatic welding of crane booms

It was questioned for some time if the automation of crane boom production was a feasible prospect. Many considered that this task was too complex and not technically possible. An innovative special welding system, that was jointly developed by YASKAWA and Liebherr now proves the opposite.


Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR-Partner

Universal Robots optimize the analysis of sugar beets at Nordic Sugar

When Nordic Sugar was researching a new generation of robots to automate the analysis of raw material samples, the most important criteria were flexibility, user-friendliness, and a reasonable price tag. With Universal Robots' three UR5 robots as "colleagues," the employees can now easily adjust the analysis process without having to consult robot experts.


Schunk, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier Member

Service robots revolutionize clean-up of the Sydney Harbor Bridge

While research continues under laboratory conditions elsewhere, Australian robotics specialists showed off a concrete application at the SCHUNK Expert Days on Service Robotics: Using the Sydney Harbor Bridge as an example, they show how service robots will soon revolutionize how steel structures are serviced. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

2014 RIA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

The 2014 RIA Board of Directors election results were announced during the Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida. Stu Shepherd, CEO - Americas, KUKA Robot Group, was named the new Chairperson.