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2nd Quarterly Newsletter 2015

President's Report

Robots increase Productivity, the very Foundation of a prospering Labour Market

The increasing use of robots has motivated a number of researchers to analyse the impact of automation on jobs and the economy: like many things, the forecasts and views are often different. In this perspective I like to cite some views and studies supporting the positive effects of the introduction of Robots and Automation.

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Joint CRIA-IFR CEO Round Table at CIROS Show in Shanghai on 7th July

Topic: "Innovation on Robot Applications"

The CRIA-IFR CEO Round Table is organized in co-operation with the Chinese Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA) who is sponsoring the event.  Topic of discussion will be: "Innovation on Robot Applications"

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2015 IERA Award Joint Winners Announced in Seattle

Kinova and Q-Bot convinced

The 2015 Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) award was shared by Fran├žois Boucher of Kinova Inc., Canada and Tom Lipinski of Q-Bot Limited, United Kingdom.

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New IFR R&D Member

NTU-iCerRA joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR R&D member NTU-iCerRA / National Taiwan University, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. The vision of NTU-iCerRA is the development of advanced technology of intelligent robots and automation towards academic excellence in research and enhance the industrial innovation and global competitiveness.

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A3 series: Why I Automate

3 Reasons a Craft Brewery Turned to Automation

Brewing fine beer is a skill and art that requires attention to detail. Automation has benefits for manufacturers in all industries, including the food and beverage sector. Discover the reasons why a craft brewery in Portland, Oregon decided that installing the automation of today was necessary to support a centuries-old industry.

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ABB, Switzerland - IFR Robot Supplier member

Dexterous robot changed everything

The staff were skeptical. Would the machines take our jobs? But once the robots had made inroads into Swegon's factory in Tomelilla, Sweden, the attitude of the employees quickly changed.

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Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

Yaskawa robots prove their worth under the toughest operating conditions

System supplier AutomationsRobotic has opened up a whole new dimension with its fully-automatic grinding cell for chassis components that offers 99.65 percent system availability. The robotic cell with two Yaskawa six-axis robots also sets benchmarks in terms of autonomy, output and flexibility.  

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Universal Robots saves 9 hours of production time at Glidewell Laboratories

It usually takes five days from when a dentist sends an impression of a patient's teeth to the lab, until the finished crown returns.  A process, that Glidewell Dental Laboratories wanted to optimize.

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Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

Potential and limitations of jigless robot welding

Jigless robot welding is one of the most demanding disciplines in the automation industry. Jigless processes offer significant benefits - by reducing the cost of custom tooling and providing flexibility to process part variations with low batch sizes - but make high demands on robotics and the know-how of suppliers and users.

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

SHAD opts for UR robot arms to optimize its manufacturing processes

SHAD, the leading European manufacturer of top and side cargo cases for motorcycles installs its first UR5 from Universal Robots in its factory in Mollet del Valles (Catalonia, Spain). The collaborative robot arm has streamlined production, enabling the cases to be assembled in half the time, while also enhancing the work environment for employees.

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Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D Institute

Do-it-yourself toolkit for soft robotics

To work directly together with humans, a robot needs to be flexible and soft. Conventional systems are insufficiently flexible for this purpose. Scientists at Fraunhofer IPA see promising solutions in so-called soft robotics. They have developed hardware modules for a safe, flexible robot system and have made them publicly available in the form of a toolkit. Robotics researchers and developers can use the components to quickly and easily implement their own robot systems while benefiting from the knowledge of a growing community of developers.

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Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D Institute

Fraunhofer IPA develops prototype of intelligent medication cart

It comes when called, bringing medical supplies with it and recording how they are used: Fraunhofer IPA is developing an intelligent medication cart that provides care staff with physical and informational support in their day-to-day work.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Continues Breaking Records with Strongest Opening Quarter Ever

Continuing on the path of industrial robot orders and shipment records set in 2014, a new record for robots ordered and shipped in the first quarter has now been established in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group.

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VDMA, Germany - IFR Industry Association

Robots secure competitiveness and jobs

German robotics and automation sector on global growth course after record year - In the past years, robots have considerably contributed to economic growth and prosperity worldwide.

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Adept, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Adept Technology Launches New Fleet Management System for Lynx Mobile Robots

Adept Technology, Inc. has launched Lynx Enterprise Manager 1100, a new fleet management system for Adept's Lynx autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs). This system controls up to 100 robots for large deployments in manufacturing, warehousing/logistics and semiconductor.

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Schunk, China - IFR Robot Supplier member

SCHUNK China: Gripping New Horizons

At a formal ceremony, SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems opened a new China Headquarters in Shanghai. SCHUNK wants to push ahead with investment, and expand its local presence in China, emphasized Henrik A. Schunk, Managing Partner of SCHUNK, in his opening speech. 

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Teradyne to Acquire Universal Robots

Teradyne, Inc. and the shareholders of Universal Robots (UR) announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Teradyne will acquire privately held Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer of collaborative robots, for $285 million net of cash acquired plus $65 million if certain performance targets are met extending through 2018.

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Adept, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Adept Technology Receives 1 Million Dollar - Order for Lynx Mobile Robots

Adept Technology, Inc. has received an order totaling more than 1 million dollars (US Dollar) for its Lynx autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs) product. The customer is Techmetics Solutions, an automation solutions provider to the hospitality, food and beverage industry in Southeast Asia.

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Comau, Italy - IFR Robot Supplier

Increasingly collaborative industrial robotics

Thanks to the RoboSAFE functions, Comau robots can interact with humans in a safer and direct way, without changing their operating performances

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Schunk, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Schunk featured in Robot Revolution Exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

They're here ... to help and improve our lives. On May 21, 2015, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) premiered a new national touring exhibit, Robot Revolution, supported by Google.org, which includes SCHUNK.

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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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