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4th Quarterly Newsletter 2009

President´s Report

I am recently back from Tokyo and digesting the impressions from IREX. More than 100,000 visitors came to the IREX 2009 at the end of November in Tokyo. That shows the keen interest in robotics despite the still weak economic situation. Signs of a slight recovery are becoming apparent.


IFR Statistical Department

News from the IFR Statistical Department

The results of the IFR Quarterly Statistics on robot shipments for the third quarter 2009 indicate that the decrease of robot shipments has bottomed out worldwide. The shipments of all types slumped by 52% worldwide.


ISR / IERA Award Presentation / AUTOMATICA 2010

Munich will become Meeting Point of the International Robotics Community

In June 2010 AUTOMATICA and ISR will give an Overview about the Future of Robotics. From 7 to 9 June 2010 the joint conference of the 41st International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2010 and the 6th German Conference on Robotics ROBOTIK 2010 take place at the International Congress Centre Munich in Germany.


IFR and members at IREX Show

Tokyo Big Sight was centre of robotics

The IFR Secretariat and the IFR Statistical Department hosted a booth at the International Robot Exhibition 2009 (IREX) in Tokyo. This show with the theme "Challenge for the next" which took place on 25-28 November 2009 attracted the attention of more than 100,000.


Kawasaki Robot, Germany - IFR-Partner

SLC Depalletizing

Automatic position detection of SLCs - One core problem in connection with the automation of depalletizing processes is the safe detection of the objects of various shapes, sizes and surfaces as well as of different positions and alignments. 


Stäubli, France - IFR-Partner

Stäubli presents its new high-speed SCARA TS80 robot

Stäubli has now introduced an ultra-fast and precise 4-axis robot series with speed ranging up to 100 picks per minute. With over 100 picks per minute, the high performance of the TS80 is predestined for a wide range of applications where speed is coupled with precision.


ABB, Sweden - IFR-Partner

ABB launches combined robot and linear gantry unit for increased flexibility.

ABB's robot range is expanded to offer a 150kg payload capacity gantry mounted robot for materials handling and machine tending applications.


Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

CAM and vision for steel constructions

Voortman and Valk Welding are working together on the design of a fully automated system for flexible production of steel construction. The aim is to have the first system up and running in the third quarter of 2010. This system should be capable to assemble, position and completely weld steel structures without any human interference.


Kawasaki, Germany - IFR-Partner

Messrs.Lang Honigproduktion Bremen - Sweet Automation

The honey importer Walter Lang GmbH from Bremen has installed a new filling system based on the robot technology of Kawasaki Robotics. The automated production plant meets the highest state-of-the-art technical requirements and thus grants a gentle and value preserving processing of the honey.


Wittmann, Austria - IFR-Partner

Pallets and Pallet Boxes: The Automation of Agriculturally Used Products

In the year 2008 - to be able to meet the Polish market's increasing demand - the subsidiary of UTZ needed investment in a new injection molding machine including robot automation. The molding machine comes with a clamping force of 3,200 tons, and it is equipped with two WITTMANN W773 robots.


KUKA Roboter, Germany - IFR-Partner

KUKA is revolutionizing robotics with a sensitive touch

KUKA Roboter GmbH is demonstrating once again that it wants to play a key role in shaping the future of robotics. The KUKA lightweight robot (LWR), developed in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center, is being used in series production for the first time: in rear axle assembly at Daimler's Mettingen plant.


Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Valk Welding expands Replacement Program to all robot brands

Valk Welding brings retired robots to their "last resting place". Valk Welding has started this spring the replacement program with Panasonic welding robots. The successful exchange program replaces industrial robots who have reached their "Retirement age".


KUKA Roboter, Germany - IFR-Partner

Sparks fly in Essen

A streamlined welding expert with outstanding dynamic performance. A dream partnership that redefines teamwork in the welding industry. And a sophisticated process world in which the sparks flew - once again, KUKA Roboter GmbH came up with something special for visitors to its booth at SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN.


KUKA, Germany - IFR-Partner

KUKA offers the metal industry a wide range of automation solutions

Welding, cutting, stamping, bending, drilling, joining, milling, handling, monitoring, measuring, folding; polishing pot lids, sharpening knives. No matter what processes are to be mastered, KUKA has a solution for the metal industry. Today fenders, tomorrow facades, the next day steel tubing. The versatility of KUKA robots makes them interesting for any type of metalworking application.


Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Valk Welding received the RAB Robot Safety Mark

Valk Welding received in Eindhoven from the RAB (Robotics Association Benelux) the RAB Robot Safety Mark. Valk Welding received this unique safety document because she is working according to the strict norms which are initiated by the RAB.


Dürr, Germany - IFR-Partner

Dürr Campus dedicated

In the presence of Baden-Württemberg's minister president, Günther Oettinger, and 200 guests, Dürr has dedicated its new headquarters in Bietigheim-Bissingen on October 14, 2009. The Dürr Campus stands for open communication, efficient operational processes, and an energy-saving approach to resources.


RIA, USA - IFR-Industry Association

Robot Orders Down 30% Through September

North American robotics companies saw orders for new robots decline 30% in units and 43% in dollars in the first nine months of 2009, according to new figures from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group.


Robotics Association Benelux - IFR Industry Association Member

Activities 2010

Since the formation of the Robotics Association Benelux (RAB) in September 2007, a lot of effort has been put in brand awareness, expansion of members and sponsors, the organisation of successful events and the development of the RAB Robotics Safety Mark.


RIA, USA - IFR-Industry Association Member

Information and Service Summary

Information and offers from RIA to RIA members and non-members. Find out more ...


23-25 Sep, 2010

Robotics '10

The main goal of ROBOTICS'10 is to provide a forum for researchers, educators, engineers, and government officials involved in the general areas of robotics, automation, mechatronics, to disseminate their latest research results and exchange views on the future research directions of these fields.