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President's Report by Marina Bill

Today, IFR unveiled its highly anticipated World Robotics 2023 report. It reveals that 2022 witnessed a remarkable achievement: a record-breaking 553,000 new installations. While this represents seemingly moderate overall growth of 5%, it should be seen in the context of the remarkable 35% surge in 2021, which occurred amidst a challenging global economic environment. 

WR 2023 Report: Asia ahead of Europe and the Americas

The new World Robotics report recorded 553,052 industrial robot installations in factories around the world – a growth rate of 5% in 2022, year-on-year. By region, 73% of all newly deployed robots were installed in Asia, 15% in Europe and 10% in the Americas.

In Memoriam: Prof. Rezia Molfino

It is with great sadness that the robotics community bids farewell to Prof. Rezia Molfino. She passed away on August 19, 2023 at the age of 80.

Labor Shortage: How to Automate Small and Midsized Enterprises - Go4Robotics campaign launched

Labor shortage has become one of the most pressing challenges for small and midsized enterprises (SME) in OECD countries. The manufacturing sector is hit especially hard by high job vacancy rates. Since robots are becoming easier to install, implement and operate, SMEs have greater access to automation.

IERA Award 2024 - Apply until 10 February 2024

IFR and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) are looking for applicants for the next IERA Award. Deadline for submission is February 10, 2024. The presentation takes place during ICRA 2024 in Yokohama, Japan.

ISR Europe 2023 - Keynote program

The keynotes at the International Symposium on Robotics are promising interesting insights of the robotics industrie. Learn more on the ISR Europe 2023 program that takes place on September 26 and 27 in Stuttgart, Germany.

ISR Americas 2024 - Call for Speakers

Share your expertise, your insights, and your technology innovations at the ISR Americas taking place at the Automate Show in Chicago from May 6 to 9, 2024.

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The Differences Between an Automated Forklift and a Forked AGV

Both automated forklifts and forked AGVs can work autonomously, moving palletized loads without the need for a human driver. However, there are some key differences between these solutions.

Safe, Fast, and Flexible – Cobots. An Ideal Solution for SMEs

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Logistics 4.0: Autonomous Mobile Robots Open Up New Paths

Autonomous mobile robots are indispensable protagonists in interconnected production and intralogistics. With their help, processes and work environments can be fully redesigned and tailored to changing market conditions with the utmost flexibility.


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Environmentally-friendly complete solution for Togg
Production is underway at Togg’s new Technology Campus. Turkey’s global technology brand and first smart and connected EV manufacturer has an ambitious target for its Togg Technology Campus for electric vehicles: to be one of the most environmentally-friendly plants in Europe.
Taking us closer to a decarbonized society
In the time it takes to read this article, Absolicon, with the help of ABB robots, will potentially have taken the world one step closer to Net Zero with its innovative solar technology and newly automated manufacturing process. 
Donk Industries Automates Machine Loading with OnRobot
When the Donk Industries employees enter the factory hall in the morning, their new colleague has already taken over the night shift for them: Since 2018, an RG6 gripper from OnRobot has been automatically feeding one of the eight CNC machines of the aluminum manufacturer with workpieces – around the clock
Robot as a sausage seller

Automation can also unlock new potential in the retail sector, as is shown by the fully automatic sales solution devised for village butcher Klein in Nersingen-Strass. In the unit developed by special-purpose machine builder Kirschenhofer, a Yaskawa Motoman robot assumes complex handling tasks.

CLOOS robot welds compact cargo bikes
A cargo bike that is fast and agile, that can easily be taken on the train and parked in a normal bicycle cellar – its compact design makes the muli ideal for everyday use in the city. Thanks to the flexible design of the system and the use of different welding processes the robot can weld different steel and aluminium components with consistently high quality.
Cobots give gear manufacturer a competitive production edge
Danish gear manufacturer, Fischer Gears, has boosted the competitiveness of its production process – especially on larger series – by installing two OMRON TM robots. The collaborative robots (cobots) free experienced employees to focus on more value-adding tasks.

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