Published jointly by the United Nations and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), this annual publication contains comparable international statistics on industrial robotics, as well as on service robots. Detailed statistics are given for 40 countries, broken down by application areas, industrial branches, types of robots and by other techno-economic variables, as well as data on production, exports and imports for selected countries, and trends in robot densities. This edition analyses developments during 2004 and gives forecasts up to 2008. It contains a number of case studies showing actual robot installations and their effect on costs, production, employment structure and overall profitability.This article reflects my concern as to whether the industrial robot industry has become too dominated by car manufacturers and its sub-suppliers. In the period ... Lean Production and Kaizen were often combined with smart tooling solutions and a high degree of automation. ... The manual work proportion of a product must be brought down to a level similar to the cost of production in low-wage countries.
|Title||:||World Robotics 2005|
|Author||:||International Federation of Robotics|
|Publisher||:||United Nations Publications - 2005-01-01|