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Preparing the workforce for automation

Dec 11, 2019 — Training programmes and other incentives are vital to enable the workforce to successfully adjust to the impact of automation. We look at some of the initiatives underway in different countries to adapt and profit from the growth in automation, including robot adoption.

Market for Professional and Domestic Service Robots Booms in 2018

Oct 30, 2019 — The market value for professional service robots increased by 32% to US$ 9.2 billion in 2018 (over 2017), driven by a 60% increase in unit sales of logistics systems. A 59% increase in the number of personal / domestic service robots sold was dominated by sales of robot vacuum cleaners. The market for personal / domestic service robots reached US$ 3.66 billion in 2018.

Strong performance in the US, Europe and Japan drives global industrial robot sales of US$ 16.5 million in 2018

Oct 29, 2019 — Global sales of industrial robots reached a peak of US $16.5 billion in 2018, an increase of 1% over 2017. The number of robots sold increased by 6% to a record 422,000. China continues to be the leading market for industrial robots, despite declining sales in 2018. Germany and Italy led strong growth in Europe, while the United States leapfrogged Korea to become the third largest industrial robot market globally.

Five Trends in Russian Robotics

Aug 27, 2019 — Russia is not generally associated with the use or manufacture of robotics. While it’s true that the uptake of robots in the Federation is lower than in in Europe and Asia, a number of trends in both the indicate this could change over the next 5 years.

Managing mass customisation with software-defined manufacturing

Jul 24, 2019 — Manufacturers are increasingly turning to software-defined manufacturing (SDM) – a technology model in which manufacturing software and hardware are decoupled - to substantially optimise product design and production.

Who Will Win the Global Race on AI and Robotics?

Jun 17, 2019 — Experts at the IFR CEO Roundtable held in Chicago on April 8 debated the question of who will win the race on artificial intelligence and robotics.

Strong growth in robot adoption in the US and Europe drives 2018 sales of industrial robots

May 13, 2019 — Growth in robot sales in the US 2018 outstripped IFR predictions and, combined with continued growth in Europe, drove record annual industrial robot sales of 384,000.

Why robot sales in China will survive slowdown in car production

Apr 04, 2019 — Slowing production and sales of cars in China have led to speculation over knock-on effects on China’s booming robot industry. Strong growth in robot adoption in other manufacturing sectors will compensate, says the Chinese Robot Industry Alliance(CRIA).

Events

iREX 2019

December 18- December 21, 2019

The iREX was first held in 1974, and it has since been held once every two years, marking its 23rd exhibition this year.

automatica

June 16- June 19, 2020

automatica is the world's leading marketplace for automated, intelligent production.

ISR 2020

June 17- June 18, 2020

Robotics in the dawning era of digitalization and artificial intelligence! After two years, the 52nd International Symposium on Robotics – ISR 2020 will be held again in Munich, Germany (17–18 June 2020).

INNOPROM 2020

July 06- July 09, 2020

INNOPROM is an International Industrial Fair held in Ekaterinburg annually since 2010.

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