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President's Report by Milton Guerry

On February 20, the global community was rocked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. We are saddened to see the impact of this violence, particularly that which is directed toward civilians. IFR strongly opposes any use of weaponized automation. Our mission is to support robotics for peaceful use, human efficiency and economic progress. 

Japan is World´s number one Robot Maker

 Japan is the world´s number one industrial robot manufacturer – delivering 45% of the global supply. In recent years, the country’s robot suppliers have increased their production capacity considerably: Their export ratio rose to 78% in 2020, when 136,069 industrial robots were shipped.

Marina Bill elected as IFR Vice President

Marina Bill has been appointed as new Vice President of the International Federation of Robotics with immediate effect. She represents IFR along with IFR President Milton Guerry. 

Top 5 Robot Trends 2022

The operational stock of industrial robots hit a new record of about 3 million units worldwide – increasing by 13% on average each year (2015-2020). The International Federation of Robotics analyzes the top 5 trends shaping robotics and automation around the globe. 

China Aims for Global Leadership in Robotics with new 5-year Plan

The new 5-year plan for the robotics industry in China, released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in Beijing, focuses on promoting innovation - making China a global leader for robot technology and industrial advancement.

ISR Europe 2022 - Apply for business track

The organizers offer an attractive package deal to showcase your brand in the major digital event during the “week of automatica”. ISR Europe 2022 will be held again in Munich parallel to the automatica exhibition (June 21-24, 2022.).

New or updated Paper

Artificial Intelligence in Robotics - Position Paper updated

IFR updated its paper on Artificial Intelligence in Robotics. The paper analyzes current applications of AI in robotic applications, future directions, and safety and certification considerations.

Our latest Blogs


AI in Robotics - separating fact from fiction

There is considerable misunderstanding around the role of AI in robotics. Human-like robots with super intelligence are standard fare in entertainment, while terms such as ‘robotic process automation’ and ‘bots’ refer to software applications with no physical robot.
 


Understanding the new five-year development plan for the robotics industry in China

China's Ministry issued "The five-year development plan for the robotics industry in the 14th Five-year" end of 2021.

 

New Case Studies

Flexible flow production on a mega scale

Every working day, a 350-ton nacelle for an 8MW offshore wind turbine leaves the Siemens Gamesa factory in Cuxhaven. In the ultra-modern flow production environment, four heavy-duty AGVs supplied by Stäubli WFT assist in transportation from station to station within the factory. 

FANUC robots put to use in the recycling industry
Robot manufacturer FANUC and intelligent waste management start-up Recycleye are together supporting UN Sustainability Goal No 11 (Sustainable Cities) by deploying modular robotic picking systems to material recovery facilities. 
Smart robotics enables flexible production of rapid coronavirus antibody tests at Senova
The coronavirus crisis has caused untold damage to the personal health and finances of people throughout the world, as well as damaging national economies. However, industry has been able to play a key role in developing solutions that can mitigate the crisis. 
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Standard Robots Delivered 63 AMRs to a Photovoltaic Company

In the first half of 2021, China's photovoltaic (PV) industry has maintained rapid growth and continuous expansion while pursuing the goal of Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutral. Without a doubt, there are bright prospects for the industry whilst China achieves its 3060 goal.

Fully automated cheese maintenance with a robot
The quality of cheese ultimately depends on proper storage and aging. This is why the Leupolz Emmental cheese dairy in Germany’s Allgäu Alps opted for an innovative, fully automated storage and maintenance system in which round cheese loaves, each weighing approximately 80 kilos, are handled by a large Stäubli six-axis machine. 
KR QUANTEC prints 3D facades for Belgian construction group
Printing concrete rather than pouring it: the Belgian BESIX Group is working to revolutionize traditional construction methods. A KR QUANTEC from KUKA is assisting in this. It prints columns, sculptures and facade elements in 3D using concrete. Fast and environmentally friendly. 
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