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4th Quarterly Newsletter 2014

President's Report

Outlook 2015

More than 200,000 industrial robots will have been sold in 2014. This is again a new record.  Opportunities for continued growth are huge. The breakthrough of human robot collaboration just started. It will capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. The topic is hot! Robot experts  and robot users will discuss on "Robots and People Working Together" at the next IFR CEO Round Table on 23rd March 2015 in Chicago.

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Global Survey: Human-robot Teams capturing new Sectors

Robotized automation is flourishing

Having conquered automotive manufacturing, the latest industrial robots are about to capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. Opportunities are huge. Even in those countries where the application of robotics is at its greatest (Japan, Germany and the USA), the density of robots in the automotive sector is seven times greater than in all other industrial areas.

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IERA Award 2015 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 28 February 2015

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 28 February 2015. On 27 May 2015, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Seattle, Washington, USA.

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46th International Symposium on Robotics ISR

Keynotes Announced for the Conference

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced the keynote speakers for the Automate 2015 Conference / 46th International Symposium on Robotics, which will be held March 23-26, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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New IFR Robot Supplier Member

BA Systèmes joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Robot Supplier member and latest IERA Award winner BA SYSTEMES, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics. BA SYSTEMES is the most active French player in the field of internal logistic systems used in automated vehicles or AGVs.

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ROBO-STOX® Introduces First European Robotics and Automation Index

Index values robotics and automation industry

ROBO-STOX®, the new licensed index has been traded on 27 October 2014 for the first time. ROBO-STOX® index values the growth and importance of the robotics and automation industry. This proprietary index is an exchange traded fund (ETF) which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. 

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

First robot to collaborate directly with employees at Volkswagen plant

The car manufacturing group Volkswagen has integrated an industrial robotic arm from the Danish manufacturer Universal Robots into mass production at its engine production plant in Salzgitter, Germany. The lightweight robot UR5 is installed in the cylinder head assembly section, where it is responsible for handling delicate glow plugs. This is the first collaborative robot in use at Volkswagen worldwide.

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Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier member

42 Danish robots create growth and 50 new jobs

For years, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions researched the market in vain, trying to find a robot suitable for their production needs. Universal Robots turned out to be the solution they were looking for. Up until then, Trelleborg had no robots involved in its annual production of millions of products. 

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ABB, Switzerland - IFR Robot Supplier

Robotic flame-treating cells at Eissmann Automotive enhance interior leather components of popular premium vehicles

While sports cars and high performance vehicles turn heads as they breeze down the street, the real thrill is to be behind the wheel, in the cockpit, feeling the car respond to a subtle turn or touch of the accelerator.  For some of the best designed cars, it is a privilege just to sit in the driver's seat, whether they are moving or not, just to take in the sleek interior features, ergonomically placed controls, and exquisite leather trim.

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Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR Robot Suppier Member

Profielnorm automates welding production - Mass production of small series

If you as company want to supply a top quality product and give the customer value for money, the production and organisation have to be perfectly geared matching to each other. Profielnorm in Zeeland's Tholen succeeds in this by continuously investing, which makes it possible for them to stand out in the world of mezzanines.

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ABB, Switzerland - IFR Robot Supplier

World's first robotic entertainment on the high seas for Royal Caribbean International

Acting in a powerful combination, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Robotic Arts and ABB Robotics join forces to debut groundbreaking RoboScreen® entertainment system.

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Fanuc Robotics, UK - IFR Robot Supplier

Cost-effective Machining of Automotive Components

To increase metalcutting capacity in response to an upturn in orders for automotive pumps, the UK's leading manufacturer, Concentric, has installed three Fanuc Robodrill machining centres at its manufacturing facility in Erdington, Birmingham. The company's oil, water and fuel pumps are used mainly in diesel engines that power light to medium duty trucks and off-road plant.

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KUKA, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier Member

Three into one

At WKT Kunststofftechnik GmbH, a KUKA KR AGILUS small robot is bonding components to create a threaded bolt. Threaded rods, mechanical engineering, heat insulation and electrical insulation: these are the product fields in which WKT Kunststofftechnik GmbH has been operating since 1994.

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COMAU, Italy - IFR Robot Supplier member

Costampress: 100% Success in the Automotive Sector thanks to Robotics and Automation

Costampress is a company based in Scorzè, near Venice, Italy, specialized in the production of steering columns, gear boxes, and electric motors for power-assisted steering, for clients in the automotive industry. The company is a peculiar example of success: it is 100% Italian, works 100% in the automotive field and exports, predominantly to European markets, 100% of its products.

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Fanuc Robotics, UK - IFR Robot Supplier

Milking the use of robots in the dairy industry

They have been used for some time in automatic milking sheds. Now, thanks to IP69K certifications, pick and place robots are becoming a more common sight in dairy production environments, boosting product yield and improving labour efficiency.

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Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D Institute

Mobile robot for endurance testing of dishwashers

Open the door, insert dirt, add the detergent and press the start button: dishwashers have to be put through hundreds of laborious test cycles before they can reliably carry out their day-to-day work. To relieve the pressure on humans during performance of the tests, Fraunhofer IPA was commissioned by Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH) to develop a new mobile robot system.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

RIA Releases New White Paper on Collaborative Robots

The Robotic Industries Association has released a new white paper entitled, "Collaborative Robots: End User Industry Insights", which explores how end users feel about collaborative robots and the value they provide.

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Schunk, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

Cleanroom Gripper for Small to Medium Part Handling

The EGS from SCHUNK is perfect for the gripping of small to medium sized workpieces, with flexible force and high speed in clean environments, such as assembly, testing, laboratory, and the pharmaceutical industry.

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RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records for First Nine Months of 2014

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of 35% in units and 22% in dollars over the same period in 2013.

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Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - IFR R&D Institute

SMErobotics presents four industrial use cases for cognitive robotics

Five months after its successful technology presentation at the AUTOMATICA trade fair, the SMErobotics initiative launches its online showroom of industrial use cases for cognitive robotics. Four videos from the areas of automation, assembly, welding and wood--working demonstrate a flexible setup, robust execution and efficient collaboration between worker and robot in a wide range of automation tasks.

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3-6 Apr, 2017

ISR 2017 Americas

The 48th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2017 Americas) takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, USA. The conference is organized in conjunction with the Automate show.

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23 Mar, 2015

Joseph F. Engelberger Awards

The Engelberger Awards Presentation will be held at the Gala Dinner of the International Symposium on Robotics in Chicago.

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3-6 Apr, 2017

AUTOMATE 2017

Automate showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions. From traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies, you'll find ways to automate every process in your company.

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