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1st Quarterly Newsletter 2015

President's Report

Impossible to imagine automation without robots

Robots and people working together. This will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production, concluded the participants of the IFR CEO Round Table discussion at the Automate 2015 in Chicago. It will open up new applications and new customers for the robotics industry.

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Robots and People Working Together

CEOs discussed challenges in Chicago

"Robots and People Working Together" - This was the topic of the 8th IFR CEO Round Table Discussion at the Automate in Chicago. The man-machine partnership will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production visions.

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Global Survey:

Industrial Robots break worldwide sales record - plus 27 percent

"Global demand for industrial robots in 2014 reached more than 200,000 units for the first time," said Arturo Baroncelli,  President of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in Chicago.  "Strongest drivers of the growth were the automotive industry followed by the electronics industry. Based on the preliminary results of the global statistics on industrial robots, the IFR estimates that about 225,000 units were sold in 2014, 27% more than in 2013."

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Industrial Robots Global Study:

China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

By 2017, more industrial robots will be operating in China's production plants than in the European Union or North America. Operating unit numbers there will double from today's 200,000 to more than 400,000. To compare: In North America, numbers will rise to about 300,000 - with 340,000 predicted for Europe's five largest economies.   So says the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in its 2014 World Robot Statistics.

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New IFR Members

Yujin Robot, Codian Robotics and MHI joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Robot Supplier members Yujin Robot Company, Korea, and Codian Robotics, Netherlands as well as our new IFR R&D Institute member MHI Academic Society for Assembly, Handling and Industrial Robotics, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics.

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Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

Fully automatic measuring system for welded components - More than 20 times faster

In the past, freshly welded components for exhaust gas systems for a major automation supplier were measured in a tactile measuring machine and tested for leaks in a separate, manual inspection gauge.

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Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Aebi Schmidt takes major automation step with new welding robot systems

Aebi Schmidt, market leader in road de-icing solutions, has taken a major step in automating the production of its salt spreaders by investing in a Valk Welding welding robot system.

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KUKA, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier Member

Let there be light

At opsira GmbH, innovative goniophotometers are becoming reality using KUKA robotsThe multi-functional "robogonio" light meter: That is what opsira GmbH - based in Weingarten, Germany - placed on the market about three years ago.

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Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

ArcWorld makes it simple to adapt the flow according to the product mix

Hörle Automatic manufactures components for the automobile industry among others. The company has a wide range of machinery to enable fast and efficient production of both large and small volumes.

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Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Robo2 for Floor Washing

Robo2 from Cleanfix, Switzerland is an autonomous floor cleaning robot used at facilities with large surface areas such as schools, hospitals, production or storage facilities, etc.

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Schunk, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

A gentleman made of modular components

Friendly and likeable. Invisible when not needed. On call around the clock. The butler of the future - called "Care-O-bot® 4" - was developed by the Frauenhofer IPA in Stuttgart, and celebrates its world premiere at the SCHUNK Expert Days on Service Robotics.  The modular design of Care-O-bot® 4 allows diverse configurations and application scenarios.

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Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Wall Mounting Robot for Construction Industry

Blue Ocean Robotics in Denmark came up with a project to develop a new solution for construction industry - the wall mounting robot called WallMo. WallMo assists construction workers in mounting primarily glass walls but also gypsum walls, plasterboards and concrete elements in new office buildings.

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Launch of URCaps: The new platform for UR accessories and peripherals

Caps are "the new black" in the industry. Caps are to robots, what apps are to smartphones: useful accessories, hardware and software extending the capabilities of UR robots handling many different tasks. Now Universal Robots has created a platform for robot users worldwide providing a shortcut to proven combinations of robots and accessories.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

RIA to Present 2015 Engelberger Robotics Awards to Dean Kamen and Raffaello D'Andrea

The robotics industry's highest honor, the Engelberger Robotics Award, will be presented to Dean Kamen and Raffaello D'Andrea at a special ceremony on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Automate 2015 Show and Conference and the 46th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2015).

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Codian Robotics, Netherlands - IFR Robot Supplier

NEW D5-800/1100/1300 Pick & Place Robots

The D5 series robots are available in 800 mm, 1100 mm and 1300 mm work envelopes. We based our D5's design off the proven concept for our D4 series. With 2 parallel rotation axis, we have created the fastest and most robust 5 axis delta robot in the world.

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Comau, Italy - IFR Robot Supplier

SMART NJ 650 - Comau's newest Robot with an Elevated Payload

With a load capacity of 650kg and reach of 2.70 meters, the new SMART NJ 650 completes the range of Comau robots dedicated to applications requiring strength and a high reach.

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ABB, Switzerland - IFR Robot Supplier

Simplified Robot Programming for robotic painting without coding

A revolution in programming, ABB Simplified Robot Programming cuts programming time from hours to minutes, allowing even individuals without programming experience to create professional robotic paint programs easily.

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ABB, Switzerland - IFR Robot Supplier

Human-robot collaboration: the future is here

In April of this year, ABB Robotics will launch one of its most important products in recent time: YuMi®, the world's first truly collaborative robot. A play on words, YuMi signifies "you" and "me" creating an automated future together.

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Dürr, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

Dürr robots receive new certificate for the Korean market

After receiving the new safety certificate from the Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL) our robots may now be sold on the Korean market. It is the ATEX in Europe, the FM in America and the TIIS in Japan. Korea now follows with its Korean Certification Mark (KC).

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Universal Robots launches UR3 - the world's most flexible, light-weight table-top robot to work alongside humans

The Danish pioneer of collaborative robots has created a new, smaller robot  for light assembly tasks and automated workbench scenarios.  The U.S. launch of the UR3 will be at Automate 2015 - Chicago, March 23.

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Comau, Italy - IFR Robot Supplier

Comau Presents RACER 999

A new compact robot that leverages the Turin multinational's experience with Racer 7-1.4: the 7kg payload and less than a meter reach deliver record performance.

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Yujin Robot, South Korea - IFR Robot Supplier

Autonomous Meal-Transport Robot For Health Care Facilities

Private and public elderly and health care facilities worldwide already face labour shortages and skyrocketing costs; and fiscally constrained governments must provide high-quality care for their seniors while keeping the costs down.

Kyung Chul Shin, CEO of Yujin Robot, has been appointed as chairman of KOSDAQ (Korea Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) Listed Companies Association on February 11, 2015.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market has Strongest Year Ever in 2014

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2014. A total of 27,685 robots valued at $1.6 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2014, an increase of 28% in units and 19% in dollars over 2013. Robot shipments also set new records, with 25,425 robots valued at $1.5 billion being shipped to North American customers in 2014. Shipments grew 13% in units and six percent in dollars over the previous records set in 2013.

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Schunk Germany - IFR Robot suppliers member

Rapid Mechatronic Gripper for Small Part Handling

The EGP from SCHUNK has the most compact performance of any electric small part gripper on the market. SCHUNK has expanded the EGP series with the addition of the smaller size 25.

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Fanuc Robotics, UK - IFR Robot Supplier

Picked to perfection - the FANUC way

The UK food industry has developed an increased interest in robots. Over the last 12 months FANUC has seen enquiries from food manufacturers looking to automate their food handling and packing operations increase by 35%.

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Kuka, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

"Hello Industrie 4.0"

At the KUKA booth, the visitors of this year's Hanover Fair can deal with the increasing digitalization of production and cooperative network of employees and machines. As Europe's leading supplier of industrial robots and automated production systems, KUKA directly participates with its products and services in the fourth industrial revolution - Industrie 4.0.

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26-30 May, 2015

ICRA 2015

ICRA is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work. The 2015 conference will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, USA.

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5-8 Jul, 2017

CIROS 2017

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.

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10-13 Jul, 2017

INNOPROM 2017

INNOPROM is a trade fair rooted in the priorities driving world industry and technology at present - and on the priorities that underpin Russia's program of industrial and manufacturing development.

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