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2nd Quarterly Newsletter 2012

President´s Report

At our press conference at AUTOMATICA, we could report on 2011 - the year of the 50th anniversary of the industrial robots and by far the most successful year of industrial robots. The forecast for 2012 and beyond is promising. The international press showed keen interest on the 3rd IFR CEO Round Table on the topic: "Breakthrough with Industrial Robots".


International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2012

Program has been released

The 43rd International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), the world's most prestigious annual robotics conference, takes place during the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS) 2012 Show and Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, August 29-31, 2012. The conference theme is "Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction"


Keen interest of press and media in the 3rd IFR CEO Round Table at the AUTOMATICA 2012

Journalists from all over the world didn't miss the opportunity to get the most current data of the world market of industrial robots, to listen to the discussion of CEO's of major industrial robot companies on the breakthrough with industrial robots and to interview the top robot experts.


Industrial breakthrough with robots

2011: The most successful year for industrial robots since 1961

"2011 was the most successful year for industrial robots in 50 years. Since the first installation in 1961 more than 2.3 million were sold all over the world!" stated Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR President, on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at the AUTOMATICA in Munich. "And the robotics industry is looking forward to a bright future."


8th 2012 Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) Award

Two winners: Robocoaster and Universal Robots

The 8th annual Invention and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) was presented to Gino De-Gol, Robocoaster Ltd. and Esben H. Østergaard, Universal Robots during the IERA Networking Dinner at the AUTOMATICA in Munich.


50 years Industrial Robots

IFR published Brochure

In 2011 we were able to look back on 50 years of Industrial Robots. This anniversary was a reason for IFR to reflect on the history of this successful "co-worker". IFR created a brochure containing the milestones of technology and commercialization.


Wittmann, Germany - IFR-Partner

New linear robots of the models W821 and W808 launched

The WITTMANN Group has launched a new version of its popular W821 linear robot and the W808 which represents a significant upgrade over the previous W801 version. Both models are now available from the WITTMANN Group worldwide


Stäubli, France - IFR-Partner

Robots for the medical, pharmaceutical and chemical industries

Through the introduction of the six-axis TX60 Stericlean, Stäubli Robotics has succeeded in automating processes in the medical and pharmaceutical industries where the use of robots was formerly deemed impossible. A few years after the world premiere of this revolutionary machine, there is now a complete range of robots, from TX40 to RX160, that conform to Stericlean standards.


Kuka, Germany - IFR-Partner

The new masters of speed - KR AGILUS

KUKA Roboter GmbH presents a new small robot family: the KR AGILUS robot series. The agile KR AGILUS is showing itself to be the all-rounder for small spaces in all environments. The new compact member of the KUKA robot family is characterized by its speed, short cycle times and high level of precision and safety.


Panasonic, Germany - IFR-Partner

New handling Robots - HS-G3 Series

The HS-G3 series providing a payload capacity of up to 200 kg and expand the product line of Panasonic Robotics. HS-G3 series provides an additional field of application capabilities within the existing robot product range.


Dürr, Germany - IFR-Partner

New Technologies from Dürr - Production Efficiency for the Customer's Advantage

At the Dürr Open House from May 7th-11th 2012, the business divisions presented innovative technologies to industry professionals. Under the motto "Production Efficiency for Your Advantage", Dürr demonstrated new solutions in painting, gluing and automation technology.


BlueBotics, Switzerland - IFR-Partner

ANT® localization - Even more simple

After ANT® navigation, BlueBotics releases ANT® localization, a product derived from the ANT® autonomous navigation system that would undermine the world of automated guided vehicles as it is highly compatible with current AGVs and requires no guidance infrastructure.


Schunk, Germany - IFR Partner

SCHUNK Highlights at IMTS 2012 Show

At the International Manufacturing Technology Show IMTS 2012 from 10 to 15 September 2012 in Chicago, SCHUNK will highlight the electrically driven small parts gripper EGP, the premium gripper range with multi-tooth guidance, and the 3-finger centric gripper PZN plus which is now available in a new size.


Reis Robotics, Germany - IFR-Partner

reisPAD: Robot programming with Tablet-PC

The reisPAD of Reis Robotics sets new standards in programming and operation of robots. On the Automatica, Reis presented the new control generation ROBOTstar-VI with the innovative portable teach pendant reisPAD in tablet format.


Danish Technological Institute, Denmark - IFR-Partner

Standardized bin-picking - better than humans

Scape Technologies has developed an advanced bin-picking system that combines 3D vision, gripping options and robot control in a cohesive software solution. The software is a standard solution that supports all standard industrial, six-axis robots.


Panasonic, Germany - IFR-Partner

Spatters are no longer an issue

Mr. Martin Rothmann from the WITTE Stromberg GmbH knows very well that weld spatters in the large scale production are a significant cost factor. Why that's no longer a problem for him - please read the whole story.


Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Valk Welding supplies welding robot for large dump trailers

Weldingrobotintegrator Valk Welding has supplied a welding robot system on a 10 meter overhead gantry construction for the Dutch manufacturer Jan Veenhuis Machinefabriek BV. Jan Veenhuis is a manufacturer of dump trailers for agriculture, landscaping and earthworks companies and will be welding complete boxes and sub frames for its dump trailers on the new welding robot system.


Kawasaki, Germany - IFR-Partner

Sustainable automation of pallet production at the Wulf Paletten company

Showing courage to change and a high degree of self-initiative, the Wulf Paletten GmbH has engaged in the robotics subject and is continuously extending its robot plant. Due to the general pricing pressure in the pallet manufacuring segment, the company did not have the chance to work with a higher number of employees in the market niche of special pallet production but would be impossible with regard to the given prices.


ABB, Sweden - IFR-Partner

ABB robots help Perryman's Bakery increase output and reduce wastage

Perryman's of North Adelaide, Australia have tripled output, reduced waste, increased staff and improved occupational health and safety, all with the help of robot automation. Perryman's, a forward-thinking family bakery from North Adelaide, Australia, has made a name for itself on the quirky appeal of its popular "Gingerbread Babies".


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

Robotics Industry Off to a Great Start in 2012

North American robotics companies enjoyed one of the industry's strongest opening quarters ever, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. A total of 5,096 robots valued at $343.8 million were ordered from North American robotics companies through March, increases of 27% in units and 30% in dollars over the same period in 2011.


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association Member

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