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Introduction
Definition of Robot (industrial and service) according to ISO-Standard 8373:2012
 
A robot is an actuated mechanism programmable in two or more axes with a degree of autonomy, moving within its environment, to perform intended tasks. Autonomy in this context means the ability to perform intended tasks based on current state and sensing, without human intervention. 

  • Classification of a robot into industrial robot or service robot is done according to its intended application.


Industrial Robot:


An industrial robot is automatically controlled, reprogrammable multipurpose manipulator, programmable in three or more axes, which can be either fixed in place or mobile fur use in industrial applications.

  • Reprogrammable: whose programmed motions or auxiliary functions may be changed without physical alterations; 
  • Multipurpose: capable of being adapted to a different application with physical alterations; 
  • Physical alterations: alteration of the mechanical structure or control system except for changes of programming cassettes, ROMs, etc. 
  • Axis: direction used to specify the robot motion in a linear or rotary mode 

 


Service Robot:


A service robot is a robot that performs useful tasks for humans or equipment excluding industrial automation application. 

 

  • A personal service robot or a service robot for personal use is a service robot used for a non-commercial task, usually by lay persons. Examples are domestic servant robot, automated wheelchair, personal mobility assist robot, and pet exercising robot.

  • A professional service robot or a service robot for professional use is a service robot used for a commercial task, usually operated by a properly trained operator. Examples are cleaning robot for public places, delivery robot in offices or hospitals, fire-fighting robot, rehabilitation robot and surgery robot in hospitals. In this context an operator is a person designated to start, monitor and stop the intended operation of a robot or a robot system.

 


Note:  Due to their multitude of forms and structures as well as application areas, service robots are not easy to define.

ISO 8373:2012 Robots and robotic devices - Vocabulary

Statistical Data for the Robotics Market 

The IFR (Internation Federation of Robotics) is responsible for the collection of worldwide statistical robotics data. The annual publication "World Robotics" contains two separate studies for the two main robot categories:  Industrial Robots and Service Robots

EUnited Robotics works in close cooperation with the IFR Statistical Department.


 

 



World Robotics 2013 Industrial Robots:

This unique publication presents comprehensive global statistics on industrial robots in uniform tables allowing consistent country comparisons. It contains detailed statistical data for some 40 countries, broken down by application areas, industrial branches, types of robots and by other technical and economic variables. Data on production, exports and imports are presented for a selection of countries. Trends in robot densities, i.e. number of robots per 10,000 persons employed in relevant sectors, robotics innovations, research and vision, as well as sales forecasts are also featured.

 


World Robotics 2013 Service Robots:

This unique publication presents comprehensive global statistics on service robots, market analysis, case studies and international research strategies of service robots, as well as sales forecasts. The study is evaluated in cooperation with our partner the Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany.



Both studies include chapters on future trends, research projects and detailed analysis of the statistics as well as improved forecasting.  A valuable source of information, World Robotics is the international benchmark for global robotics statistics covering all relevant market related activities of industrial and service robots. It is an absolute must have for anyone involved in a leading role in robotics.


For more information please refer to:  http://www.worldrobotics.org/

or contact: 

Gudrun Litzenberger, IFR Statistical Department, Tel: +49-69/6603-1502 gl@worldrobotics.org


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