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4th Quarterly Newsletter 2015

President's Report

Outlook 2015/2016

We are in the middle of one of the most exciting times in the history of Robotics and the automation industry.  We continue to see explosive growth with 2015 topping 2014 by 15% and establishing a new record in Robot sales worldwide.


IFR has elected Joe Gemma as new President

The Executive Board of the IFR has elected Joseph Gemma (KUKA Robotics Corporation US) as its new President. Mr. Gemma succeeds Arturo Baroncelli (Comau Robotics, Italy), who is leaving the rotating post as head of the global federation of robot manufacturers, having served his two-year term. 


On the Death of Joseph Engelberger

Visionary and Father of Robotics

The global federation of robot manufacturers, IFR, mourns the loss of Joseph Engelberger. The father of robotics founded the company, Unimation Inc. in 1961, where he developed the first industrial robot, Unimate. So it was, that he launched the global revolution in industrial manufacturing.


IERA Award 2016 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2016

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 15 March 2016. On 21 June 2016, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the International Symposium on Robotics ISR in Munich, Germany.


New IFR Members

Russian Association of Robotics (RAR) and Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik joined IFR

We are very glad to welcome our new IFR Association member the Russian Association of Robotics (RAR) and IFR Robot Supplier member Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik, who just joined the International Federation of Robotics.


China enforces historic Robot Boom

Sales up 56 percent

In 2018 China will account for more than one-third of the industrial robots installed worldwide. At this very moment China is engaged on a historically unprecedented effort to catch-up in the race towards automation. The latest figures show that sales of industrial robots jumped to around 57,000 units in 2014 - a rise of 56 percent. The nation's robotics industry is benefiting from an additional boost in the form of the Chinese Government's new competitive offensive, "China Manufacturing 2025".


KUKA, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier Member

Robotic precision supports zero-error production

The ALNEA-ZEUS control system for the selective soldering of parts makes use of KUKA KR AGILUS robots
Warsaw-based ALNEA Sp. z.o.o. designs and manufactures semi- and fully-automatic mechanical, electrical and pneumatic production and testing devices for specific customer requirements


Valk Welding, Netherlands - IFR-Partner

Picanol welds and glues with Valk Welding robots

Valk Welding has delivered two similar robot configurations for the automation of the welding and glueing process of Picanol, one of the world's largest weaving machine manufacturers. According to Senior Buyer & Manufacturing Manager Geert Tanghe, it was mainly based on  the Valk Welding technical know-how and flexible approach that Picanol now has a flexible welding robot system and a highly innovative robot solution for the automation of the gluing process supplied by Valk Welding.


Yaskawa, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier

YASKAWA supports design project MOTOMAN robot creates artworks made of sand

It was a first appearance as a "New Talent" at the DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2015 not only for Israeli-born art student Jon McTaggart, but also for a MOTOMAN handling robot. With the support of YASKAWA, the innovative designer uses the robot as a 3D printer, enabling him to create complex shapes from a variety of materials.


Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Mobile robot colleagues on wheels increase productivity and worker safety at Scott Fetzer Electrical Group

A mobile fleet of Universal Robots will now receive daily work orders to solve ever-changing tasks with high mix - low volume electronics manufacturer Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG) in Tennessee. The collaborative robots have optimized production by 20 percent, taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks from employees.


Universal Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

The UR5 robot arm manufactures components for EGR valves

The family company Attl a spol. s.r.o. Továrna na stroje (Machinery Factory) has expanded its product range into automotive segment; for one of the Volkswagen suppliers, the company started to produce stainless steel tubes used in heat exchangers in EGR valves of modern combustion engines for both passenger and commercial vehicles, whose main task is to reduce exhaust emissions.


Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Blue Ocean Robotics wins tender for developing of a disinfection robot for reducing infection rates in hospitals

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) results in over 3,000 deaths annually and costs for DKK 1.2 billion for the Danish healthcare system. Because of this, the Danish Market Development Fund and a partnership of Danish hospitals (Sygehuspartnerskabet) have entered a 2-year co-development project with Blue Ocean Robotics with the purpose of developing and testing a disinfection robot for hospitals.


Mobile Industrial Robots, Denmark - IFR Robot Supplier

Capital injection of clever money into the Danish robot industry: High-growth robot company MiR receives growth capital from a strong team of private investors

Thanks for the offer, but no thanks, was the final answer to several Chinese, European and US investors, who in 2015 became aware of the obvious potential in up-and-coming Danish robot manufacturer Mobile Industrial Robots.
Only a year ago, MiR launched its innovative, flexible, mobile robot MiR100, and in step with MiR's steep growth where new countries were conquered each month, the company received a growing number of inquiries from potential investors. Public and private foundations also offered their services, and all of them were thoroughly considered. But none came out of the cold.


Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90

Announcement by Robotic Industries Association

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died peacefully at his home, December 1, 2015, in Newtown, Connecticut.


BA Healthcare, France - IFR Robot Supplier

Delivery of the two Robo-K Demonstrators

Every day, about 10,000 people turn 65 in the USA. Neurological diseases such as stroke or Parkinson will become more common diseases, unfortunately leading to autonomy losses, hence healthcare system costs` increase. It is a serious subject to handle for our ageing societies in order to find new cheaper, faster and better ways to rehabilitate.


Fraunhofer IPA, Germany - R & D Institute

Motion simulation in a new dimension

Under the lead of the Tübingen-based Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI), Fraunhofer IPA has co-developed a new cable-driven parallel robot that is the first one capable of transporting humans while at the same time setting new standards in terms of workspace, acceleration and payload for a motion simulator. The scientists have thus succeeded in decisively advancing a technology previously used for automation solutions in the field of intralogistics.


Kawasaki, Japan - IFR Robot Supplier

"duAro" Dual-arm SCARA Robot Now Launched

The duAro robot has been released in Asia. The Americas and Europe product launches are scheduled for June 2016, to allow for safety requirements for collaborative operation with humans in those marketplaces to have been met. Until then, the duAro robot can be operated in conformance with local robot safety standards and regulations including safety fence.


Yujin Robot, South Korea - IFR Robot Supplier

GoCart V2.0, Autonomous Meal-Transport Robot For All Elderly And Health Care Facilities Unveiled

South Korea-based Yujin Robot, a leader in delivering robotic solutions, unveiled GoCart V2.0, the 2nd version of GoCart, the autonomous meal-transport robot designed to operate in all elderly and health care facilities.


Blue Ocean Robotics - IFR Robot Suppliers

Blue Ocean Robotics announces 3D bin picking system

Blue Ocean Robotics announced the release of a standard solution for 3D bin picking of small industrial parts. The Mini-Picker bin picking solution is available with the Universal Robots UR5 collaborative robot.


RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records for First Nine Months of 2015

A total of 22,427 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2015, an increase of six percent in units and nine percent in dollars over the same period in 2014, which held the previous record. Robot shipments to North American customers through September totaled 21,436 robots valued at $1.2 billion, breaking the previous record set in 2014 by 16% in units and 10% in dollars.


Links Increasing Robotics Shipments to U.S. Job Growth

Shifting Trends Drive Manufacturing Sector Job Growth

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) published a white paper entitled "Robots Fuel the Next Wave of U.S. Productivity and Job Growth" in which data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a wide range of manufacturing firms document how and why increasing the use of robots is associated with increased employment.