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President's Report by Milton Guerry

Another year is coming to an end - a year of many ups and downs. In January, there were hopes around the globe for a return to normal. In the recent weeks, Europe is speeding towards new lockdowns and restrictive measures to fight the pandemic. Last-minute cancellations of trade fairs felt more like the prior year.

Robot Density nearly Doubled globally

The use of industrial robots in factories around the world is accelerating at a high rate: 126 robots per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries – nearly double the number five years ago (2015: 66 units).

“Service Robots” Hit Double Digit Growth Worldwide

The market for professional service robots reached a turnover of 6.7 billion U.S. dollars worldwide (sample method) – up 12% in 2020. At the same time, turnover of new consumer service robots grew 16% to 4.4 billion U.S. dollars.

Robot Sales Rise again

The World Robotics 2021 Industrial Robots report shows a record of 3 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world – an increase of 10%. Sales of new robots grew slightly at 0.5% despite the global pandemic, with 384,000 units shipped globally in 2020.

IERA Award 2022 - Apply until 28 February 2022

IFR and IEEE/RAS are looking for applicants for the next Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award (IERA Award). The presentation will be hosted on 20 June 2022 at the International Symposium on Robotics.

ISR Europe 2022 - submit paper by 14 February 2022

The 54th International Symposium on Robotics will be held again in Munich, Germany on June 20-21, 2022 (in parallel to the Automatica exhibition). The call for papers just started.

Our latest Blogs

The Significance of Software in the Evolution of Robotics

As the 20th century began, many people thought robots would be part of everyday life by the year 2000. Although that vision hasn’t materialized, modern technology makes it a lot more feasible. 


Service Robotics inspired by the Pandemic

The challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic continued in 2021 – for many of us much longer and tougher than we had expected back in the summer of last year. 

Robot Sales continue to Climb

We are living through an era of historic transformation. While the way we live and work has changed more in the past year than in the previous 30, the underlying trends driving that transformation haven’t changed – they’ve simply accelerated with the pandemic.


VDA 5050 explained

If you are in Europe and work with, or plan to invest, in automated guided vehicles (AGVs), you might have heard of VDA 5050 - the evolving AGV Communication Standard.


New Case Studies

Effective Palletising with Kawasaki Robots

At the production site in Frankfurt Sun Chemical manufactures printing inks for direct delivery of products to customers in Europe and the rest of the world. Sun Chemical implemented a new robotic application to support its continued growth. 

Made-to-order production with an advanced fleet of mobile robots
VOLA, a Danish manufacturer of luxury sanitary and kitchen fittings, has opened a new factory that incorporates a fleet of nine mobile robots from OMRON. This represents one of the most ambitious industrial mobile robot projects in the Nordics.
Mobile Automated PCR Testing System for COVID-19
The spread of COVID-19 is restricting people's activities, having a devastating effect on all industries. Under these circumstances, the resumption of travel by people for economic recovery has become an urgent social issue of concern not only for Japan but also for governments and industries around the world. 
Flexible Intelligent Door Assembly Line of Changan Mazda Automobile

Due to the introduction of the door/hood/lid assembly and adjustment line, the full automatic assembly has been realized for the four doors, engine hood, trunk lid, bumpers, and bolts in the vehicle, thus achieving the goal of changing about 80 production workers from heavy manual laborers to skilled operators.

Cloud Platform for Robotics Operation and Maintenance and Process Management
To promote the digitalization, networking and intelligent transformation of enterprises and accelerate the integration of manufacturing and Internet, Risong Technology has established a remote operation and maintenance platform for robotic and intelligent devices.
AI-based Object Position Estimation
Handling tasks are one of the most typical task executed by robots. So far, programming and setup costs are still quite high and worthwhile for low mix high volume (LMHV) productions. 

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