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4th Quarterly Newsletter 2011

President´s Report

The world is Falling in Love with Robots

2011 was again a very successful year for the robotics industry with the number of installations reaching a new peak level. All over the world the necessity to automate has been boosting the application of industrial robots. The recent iREX in November in Tokyo was a demonstration of the innovative strength of the global robotics industry.


Prof. Alexander Verl new Chairman of IFR Research Committee

The members of the IFR Research Committee elected Prof. Alexander Verl as new Chairman of the Research Committee.


Robots to Create More Than a Million Jobs by 2016

ROBOTICS will be a major driver for global job creation over the next five years.  The announcement is based on a study conducted by the market research firm, Metra Martech, "Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment", which was published on Thursday in Tokyo.


First IFR Research Lectures

Continuation is strongly recommended!

Between 4 and 11 October 2011, 16 young researchers from all over the world participated in the first IFR Research Lectures which were hosted by the Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation.


International Symposium on Robotics ISR 2012

Deadline for Proposals and Abstracts: 10 January 2012

Until 10 January 2012 the ISR 2012 welcomes proposals for organized and invited sessions within the conference scope Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction. The 43rd International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) takes place during the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS) in Taipei, Taiwan, August 29-31, 2012. 


IERA Award 2012 - Apply Now !

Presentation in May at AUTOMATICA in Munich

On 23 May 2012, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications from 01:00 to 04:00 pm at the AUTOMATICA in Munich


New IFR Association Member


We are glad to welcome our new member SYMOP the French Association of Manufacturing Technology located in Paris.


The First European Robotics Week - Great Success

The first European Robotics Week was held from November 28 to December 4, 2011.  More than 130 organisations and institutes in 19 European countries organised over 360 robotics related activities.


Schunk, USA - IFR Partner

Modular lightweight gripper with long stroke

SCHUNK continues to expand its range of modular long-stroke electric grippers with the LEG 400, which can be used in the metal cutting and automotive industry, along with assembly and handling tasks.


Wittmann, Austria - IFR-Partner

Multi-component molding, styled throughout for zero error

Maximum yield and zero error production demand highly efficient automation to meet the requirements of the automobile industry. With sophisticated logistics and technically high quality components, TRW Airbag Systems in Aschau, Germany, produce the ignition units for gas generators and belt tensioners in pyrotechnic safety areas - with WITTMANN equipment.


Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Panasonic welding robot creates gains for French furniture manufacturer

Furniture manufacturer MMO of Bretagne has replaced a 17-year-old robot with a Panasonic Tawers welding robot. For that purpose MMO took advantage of the favourable conditions under which welding robot integrator Valk Welding is currently offering its Replacement Program.


JARA, Japan - IFR Industry Association Member

iREX 2011 set new record

The International Robot Exhibition (iREX) 2011 proved to be a huge success. The theme of this year's exhibition was "Robot Technology: Making a Future with Robots." The scale of this year's exhibition was the largest ever, with 272 companies and organizations occupying 1,085 booths


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association Member

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

Robotics Orders Up 41% Through September

North American based robotics companies are enjoying one of their best years ever, with orders up 41% through September. A total of 13,616 robots valued at $848.5 million were ordered in the first nine months by companies in North America.  When orders to companies outside North America are included, the totals are 15,683 robots valued at $968 million.


Danish Technological Institute, Denmark - IFR R&D Institute

Tractors should drive without drivers

European partners develop autonomous farming vehicles - The romantic picture of a farmer with a straw in his mouth on a chugging tractor in the countryside, will over time become a sight of the past. Agriculture will become automated, and driverless tractors will plough, harrow and seed the fields.


Dürr, Germany - IFR-Partner

Dürr sells its six-thousandth painting robot

Dürr's success in robot technology is continuing. The group booked the six-thousandth order for its EcoRP painting robot. The six-thousandth robot is being installed, together with three "colleagues", at Ford's plant in Craiova (Romania).


Danish Technological Institute, Denmark - IFR R&D Institute

Danish Remote Handling skills - now consolidated in BSS

The Danish Big Science Secretariat (BSS) assists Danish companies to exploit the opportunities regarding major European tenders on international scientific installations. The technologies in demand are diverse and rangesfrom green tech and buildings through project management to electronics and robot technology.


18 Jan, 2012

Robot Safety Standard (R15.06) & Robot Risk Assessment Training Seminar-Orlando

This one-day robot safety seminar means less training time out of the office for your employee(s) in a cost-effective one-day course format useful for training limited number of workers.


18-20 Jan, 2012

AIA Business Conference

The 20th Annual AIA Business Conference brings key vision and imaging industry executives together for insightful talks, relevant panel discussions and outstanding networking.


18-20 Jan, 2012

Robotics Industry Forum

The 19th Annual Robotics Industry Forum brings together top executives from robotics manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, research groups, universities, and consulting firms.


18-20 Jan, 2012

MCA Business Conference

The MCA Business Conference brings together top executives from motion control industries. The event features insightful talks and outstanding networking opportunities.


5-7 Mar, 2012

European Robotics Forum and Exhibition

This 3-day event gives you access to the latest news concerning research and business and the opportunity to attend community organized workshops, conferences and exhibition.


20-22 Mar, 2012

AUVSI Israel International Conference

AUVSI's Israel chapter will host the forthcoming 2012 International Conference in Israel. It will be an exceptional opportunity for reviewing, assessing and discussing the current state of unmanned systems in Israel, one of the leading countries in the world in unmanned systems technologies development and operational utilization.