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3rd Quarterly Newsletter 2015

President's Report

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

Today, the IFR has published World Robotics 2015 and the impressive forecast of global robot installations between 2015 and 2018. By 2018, annual sales of industrial robots will reach 400,000 units. This is almost twice as much as the sales volume in 2014. The main driver of this development is the global competition of industrial production. Within this context, the rapid automation in China represents a unique development in the history of robotics.

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World Robotics Survey: Industrial robots are conquering the world

By 2018 global sales of industrial robots will on average grow year on year by 15 percent - the numbers of units sold will double to around 400,000 units. Five major markets representing 70 percent of the total sales volume: China, Japan, USA, South Korea and Germany. So says the 2015 World Robot Statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

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Statements of CEOs on the results of World Robotics 2015

Based on the results of the World Robotics - Industrial Robots 2015, the global robotics industry is looking with confidence into the future:

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World Robotics Survey: Service robots are conquering the world

By 2018 global sales of privately used service robots will increase to around 35 million units. At 25 million units, domestic robots (vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, window cleaners etc.) will be right at the top of the future shopping lists of private customers. Estimated sales value - upwards of 12 billion US dollars (2015-2018). Added to that there are around nine million entertainment- and leisure robots with an estimated volume of 7.6 billion US dollars (2015-2018).

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47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016

Call for Papers - deadline extended to 18 January 2016

Robotics in the Area of Digitalization! After two years the 47th International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2016 will again be held in Munich, Germany, from June 21-22. The Call for Papers for submission has been extended to 18 January 2016.

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New IFR Robot Supplier Member

Mobile Industrial Robots Aps joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Robot Supplier member Mobile Industrial Robots Aps (MIR), who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. The vision of MIR is the automation of internal transport.

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KUKA, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

In perfect harmony

NEUE HALBERG-GUSS was in search of an automated solution for the complete assembly of crankcase core packages. They decided to use a large number of KUKA robot in one system: 25 machines from the Augsburg-based robot and system builder perform all assembly steps fully automatically with utmost precision.

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Fanuc Robotics, UK - IFR Robot Supplier

First Fanuc M410iC/185 Robot in the Field at Askew & Barrett

The first FANUC M410iC/185 universal palletising robot has been installed in the UK at pulse processor Askew & Barrett, where it has helped to boost productivity by 15-20% and eliminated a potential health and safety risk factor by automating a manual palletising operation.

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Universal Robots helps Betacom light up New Zealand

A New Zealand outdoor lighting manufacturer has invested in robotic technology to ensure it stays ahead of the competition curve.

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Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Industry 4.0 is advancing in Netherlands

If you can automate the loading of products onto machining equipment, that must also be possible for the welding production. That was the underlying idea when Valk Welding, working in partnership with Marel Stork Poultry Processing, developed a production cell in which the handling and logistics surrounding the welding robot are automated.

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Panasonic, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

Panasonic und A1 Towing Ltd: Flexible requirements meet automated processes!

A1 Towing Ltd , a leading  manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket Towbar systems recently invested in a Panasonic TAWERS robot welding system to improve their manufacturing capabilities at their site in Sheffield.

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Fanuc, UK - IFR Robot Supplier

Leading automation integrator partners with FANUC UK to transform RA Labone's plastics manufacturing process

RA Labone, a plastics injection moulding manufacturer, wanted to increase the efficiency and production output of its tyre pressure sensor manufacturing process in order to meet the demands of its blue chip customers.  A transformation was required for the whole end-to-end manufacturing process, including moulding, continuity testing, cooling, decay testing, and packaging.

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Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

Poised for beauty: batch size 1

Two arms, a charming smile and natural ingredients: that is the secret of success of the Slovenian start-up "AlpStories". The company manufactures cosmetics and wellness products to customer specifications - from batches as small as size 1. This is achieved with the aid of an industrial robot developed in the laboratory environment: Yaskawa's Motoman CSDA10F.

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WITTMANN, Austria - IFR Robot Supplier

A leading household goods manufacturer chooses WITTMANN robots

The SEB Group has a major production facility in St. Jean de Bournay (France) that uses 33 WITTMANN robots. SEB, the world's leading manufacturer of small household appliances, recently purchased the first WITTMANN tandem robot.

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Stäubli, France - IFR Robot Supplier

Airbag control sensors - an innovative approach to automation

TRW Systems is a global leader in automotive safety, manufacturing intelligent systems for all the leading automotive OEMs. When a new production line for airbag control sensors was required, TRW turned to Stäubli and their system integration partners Grohmann and IPTE to provide the robots required at the heart of the automated sequence of cells.

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Mobile Industrial Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Mobile Robot Replaces Half of Full-Time Position at Scan A/S

Every day, a user-friendly mobile robot automates many kilometers of travel in the production of fireplaces and wood stoves at the company Scan A/S in Vissenbjerg on Funen. It relieves the employees, who have been particularly welcoming of their new flexible "rolling colleague."

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Mobile Industrial Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Employees at Elos Medtech Pinol now save 1,650 kilometers of walking annually

The gains of automating internal goods transport with a MiR100 robot have been very tangible at Elos Medtech, where staff used to walk an average of 7.5 kilometers a day, pushing goods on a cart between departments. Now, the mobile MiR100 robot ensures a good flow through production, eliminating downtime and latency.

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Prime example of innovation: Universal Robots among the "50 Smartest Companies in 2015"

Tesla, Amazon, Apple and Universal Robots. Every year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lists the 50 most innovative companies in the world under the title "50 Smartest Companies". For the first time, Universal Robots has moved into the ranking at number 25 this year, overtaking large companies such as Phillipps and IBM or its competitor Rethink Robotics.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

Joseph F. Engelberger, the "Father of Robotics," Turns 90

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, will turn 90 years old on July 26th. Widely known as the "father of robotics," Engelberger launched the world's first robotics company, Unimation, in 1956.

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Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D Institute

Intelligent and safe automation of assembly processes

Scientists at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are developing a new assembly automation process that makes industrial robots significantly easier and faster to program, as well as a collaborative and safe assembly workstation for riveting applications.

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Codian Robotics, Netherlands - IFR Robot Supplier

D4 HD IP69K - Delta Pick & Place Robots for the packaging industry

Codian Robotics develops Delta Pick & Place Robots for the packaging industry with a focus on the pharmaceutical and food industries. Codian Robotics is a flexible and customer-oriented partner for OEM companies. By enabling our expertise, our customers can fully focus on building and selling their products.

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BlueBotics, Switzerland - IFR Robot Supplier

More room for creative ideas!

AGVs - Automated Guided Vehicles - are the backbone of today's material handling industry. The AGV market is experiencing tremendous growth, supporting the sector with high-tech along the entire value chain. Indeed, the AGV market is expected to total more than 2B$ by 2020 and to reach 10B$ by 2030.

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Adept, USA - IFR Robot Supplier

Adept Technology Introduces New High-Speed Packaging Robot

Adept Technology has introduced a new parallel robot, the Hornet 565. Featuring high-speed pick and place capabilities, the Hornet 565 offers ease of deployment and advanced performance ideal for packaging applications.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records in First Half of 2015

The North American robotics market is off to its fastest start ever in 2015, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. A record 14,232 robots, valued at $840 million were ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2015, an increase of one percent in units and seven percent in revenue over the same period in 2014, which held the previous record.

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Panasonic, Japan - IFR Robot Supplier

Roboteco S.p.A. winner of Sho-Yo-Kai prize in Tokio

Roboteco S.p.A., the Italian distributor of Panasonic arc welding robot, won the Sho-Yo-Kai gold medal as the world best Panasonic System Integrator. Award ceremony took place in Tokyo on May 20th, 2015 during the annual "Global Excellent Partner Meeting", gathering for three days the best 15 worldwide distributors of Japanese Panasonic Welding System Company.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

RIA' s Upcoming Fall Events Focused on Safety and Collaborative Robots

North America' s robotics trade group, Robotic Industries Association (RIA), will host two major events in Pittsburgh this coming October. The 27th National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 12-14, 2015 followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on October 15. Both events will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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12-15 Oct, 2016

ROBOTWORLD 2016

ROBOTWORLD is one of the biggest global robot shows including exhibitions, conference and robot contest all in one. It now commemorates 11th anniversary and you will find state-of-the-art technologies and trends in industrial and service robots. This year, IROS 2016 (9-14, Oct) will be held in the same week of ROBOTWORLD in Korea.

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2-5 Dec, 2015

iREX 2015

The International Robot Exhibition (iREX) is an exhibition specialized in robots held once every two years, and this year marks the 21st time. It is organized by the Japan Robot Association (JARA) and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.

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