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The International Federation of Robotics has released its latest World Robotics Report, showing that for 2017 there were five major markets representing 73 percent of the total sales volume: China, Japan, South Korea, the United States and Germany.

Unfortunately due to its still woeful lack of investment in automation, you won't find the UK mentioned in the article, right, but it does make interesting reading nevertheless.

Charlotte Stonestreet
CDA Editor
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Global industrial robot sales double over the past five years

The new World Robotics Report from the International Federation of Robotics shows that a new record high of 381,000 units were shipped globally in 2017 - an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year. This means that the annual sales volume of industrial robots increased by 114 percent over the last five years (2013-2017). The sales value increased by 21 percent compared to 2016 to a new peak of US$16.2 billion in 2017.

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Report predicts waves of AI impact on jobs

Certain tasks, rather than specific occupations, will be under threat from Artificial Intelligence (AI), and therefore no job will be immune, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Roles will change not just in repetitive manual labour, but in clerical and professional positions too.

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Engineering for People Design Challenge

Engineers Without Borders UK has officially launched the 2018-19 Engineering for People Design Challenge. The competition, which takes place at more than 30 Universities in the UK and Ireland, involves more than 6500 engineering undergraduates and helps them develop their skills in regards to how engineering can address real world problems and how to communicate in an engaging way.

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Reliability & maintenance on show

Maintec, the longest standing exhibition dedicated to the UK's maintenance, plant and asset management industry will feature an impressive line-up of engineering industry speakers and exhibitors, when the show returns to the NEC, Birmingham on the 6th and 7th November 2018

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Industrial robot configurator

The new online dresspack configurator from igus enables engineers to quickly find the right system based around the triflex R energy chain. Easy to install and fill, this multi-axis energy chain protects moving cables and hoses on robots and thus increases service life in operation.

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Digital experiments need a lightbulb moment

ADLINK Technology has published a new white paper that describes how digital experimentation with the Internet of Things (IoT) leads to innovation. Entitled: 'Culture of invention leads to IoT success,' the white paper looks at potential solutions for creating a clearer path to innovative IoT.

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Cobot partnership

Yaskawa UK Ltd Motoman Robotics division has partnered with Reeco Automation as a solution provider for its new Motoman HC10 collaborative robot, a 6 axes human-collaborative robot (cobot). Reeco Automation specialises in providing solution using human-robot collaboration with a focus on reducing production costs while improving both productivity and quality.

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Siemens acquires Lightwork Design

Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Sheffield-based Lightwork Design, a computer software and technology licensing company specialising in 3D rendering software development and virtual reality (VR) experience generation.

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TE extends M12 portfolio with L-code PCB/panel-mount power connectors

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has extended its portfolio of M12 connectors to include L-code PCB/panel types that offer a compact high-power solution for automation devices.

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Buttkereit power ahead with launch of new cable entry system

Buttkereit Limited announce their new partnership agreement with Murrplastik, under which the Cheshire based company will act as distributors for the Murrplastik range of cable entry systems throughout the UK and Ireland.

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Largest stockist of industrial automation & electronic parts

Radwell International Ltd is ISO9001:2015 certified and recognised as the world's largest stockist of industrial automation and electronic parts with over 20 million parts available on

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Best-in-class motion solutions for medical & industrial applications

Portescap offers best-in-class solutions to meet the motion needs of medical and industrial applications. We serve performance-critical motion applications with a broad offering of miniature electronic motor product technologies - brushless DC, brush DC, stepper motors and linear actuators.

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Get inspired & find new solutions with the Han® Configurator from HARTING

The new Han® Configurator is an online tool that allows you to design and build a connector that meets your exact requirements based on the Han® portfolio!

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Mollart unveils FANUC as exclusive CNC partner for the next generation MicroDrill range

Deep hole drilling specialists Mollart has unveiled FANUC as its exclusive CNC partner for its next generation MicroDrill range of VDMF vertical micro drilling machines.

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Gain 10 seconds in production per identified cable

If you work with large volumes of cables and need cable traceability and identification, you can increase production efficiency with Brady's complete and automated cable identification solutions

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The countdown to Advanced Engineering 2018

Join Advanced Engineering 2018 and celebrate our 10th anniversary. The only annual UK engineering event where you can network and source products from over 600+ exhibitors from across multiple sectors and attend up to 200 conference sessions for free.

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