International Federation of Robotics

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US Robot Density in Car Industry Ranks 7th Worldwide

Demand in General Industries rising above Average

Frankfurt, Mar 16, 2021 —

The robot density in the US automotive industry hit a new record of 1,287 installed units per 10,000 employees. The United States ranks seventh worldwide. The density is similar to Germany (1,311 units) and Japan (1,248 units). China is in twelfth place with 938 units.

“Automation is the key not only to post-pandemic recovery, but to post-pandemic growth and progress,” says Milton Guerry, President of the International Federation of Robotics. “In the upswing after the 2008 financial crisis, companies like General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, and Tesla invested extensively in robotics and automation. As a result, thousands of new jobs were created within the automotive industry. So many years and technological advancements later, we have the opportunity to learn from this success story and emerge even stronger than before.”

Growing interest by “general industry”

Robot density in the general industry is still comparatively low with only 139 units per 10,000 employees. Overall in all surveyed countries worldwide, the potential for robot installations in the general industry is tremendous. In the United States for example, yearly orders of robots from non-automotive sectors surpassed automotive robot orders for the first time. Sales of robotic units in the US increased 7% in 2020 from 2019. Year-over-year orders in life sciences increased by 72%, food and consumer goods grew by 60%, and plastics and rubber saw a 62% increase.

How to apply robotics

“To help educate companies about how to successfully apply robotics, AI, machine vision and related automation technologies, we’ve launched AUTOMATE FORWARD, a virtual show and conference taking place March 22-26,” says Jeff Burnstein, President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). “High-profile industrial experts and over 250 automation suppliers report about cutting-edge use cases for automation and what they recommend for the automation journey of companies either just starting or expanding their automation journey.”


Please register for free at the organizer’s



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Press Photos

Assembly and Testing

© Staubli

Assembly and test of smartphones with a SCARA and a 6 axis robot from Stäubli.


© Staubli

Assembly application of E-mountainbikes Cube with a TX2-140 robot from Stäubli.


© Staubli

Monitoring of the production with a Stäubli TS2-100 robot.


© Staubli

Programming of a Stäubli TS2-100 SCARA robot.

Internal Logoistics

© Mobile Industrial Robots A/S

Autonomous mobile robots transport pallets from the depot to the warehouse, manned hightrucks take over.

Hygiene Logistics

© Mobile Industrial Robots A/S

KEN Hygiene has developed a fully automated sterile center using autonomous mobile robot that works as the logistical link.

Warehouse Logigstics

© Mobile Industrial Robots A/S

Automous mobile robot transports finished products from assembly lines to the warehouse – optimization of internal logistics

Cobot Palletizing


Safe palletizing with Yaskawa collaborative robot

Deburring and Chamfering


Robot deburring cell with the Yaskawa handling robot deburring and chamfering all types of gearing components.

Car Measurement


Turn-key complete cell MANTIS with Yaskawa handling robot enables measurement of a car side door in a matter of minutes.

Collaborative Robot Programming

© Photoneo

Programming and working with a collaborative robot.

Robot Vision

© Photoneo

Adjustments on an industrial robot and the vision system

Robot getting Eyes

© Photoneo

Mechanic setting up the vision system on an industrial robot.

Aluminum Welding

© OTC Daihen

Robot twin system of two robots and a positioner – fully automated aluminum welding with high-speed welding process AC/MIG.

Aluminum Work


The HSD electrospindles are used for robotic milling applications on aluminum frames.

Marble Work


HSD electrospindles working even on rigid surfaces like marble.

Milling Application


The HSD electrospindles are used for robotic milling applications

Total Freedom of Movement – 7 Axis

© Duerr

The robot with a seven axis reaches every spot in the car body. This can eliminate the need for a linear displacement rail.

Overspray-free Paint Application

© Duerr

EcoPaintJet is an innovative system for automated, highly defined paint application without any overspray.

Sealing Application

© Duerr

Robot EcoRS 30L16S with shortened arm 1 is particularly suitable for sealing applications inside car bodies.



Automous mobile robots safely and efficiently transport different payloads in manufacturing and warehouse logistics operations.

Cobot Application


Collaborative robots can work side-by-side with humans in many applications, e.g. closing CNC machine.

Scara Production Line


Seamless integration of robots and machine control allows flexible manufacturing of fixed industrial robots



YASKAWA robots assemble robots for automation of the factory

Digital Supply Chain


The body-in-white plant KUKA Toledo Production Operations set new milestone in terms of digital supply chain and Industrie 4.0.

Soft Hand Gripper

© qbrobotics srl

SoftHand grasping a trolley handle with ability changing the angle of the wrist

Food Packaging

© OnRobot

Heavy and monotone tasks can be taken from the employees with a collaborative robot and special gripper.


© OnRobot

The OnRobot RG6 gripper is changing tests quickly by simply clipping and unclipping at L’Oréal.

Primary Packaging

© OnRobot

Two sets of dual gripper stack plastic molded containers, making them ready for packaging.

Smart Production


Smart Production in a factory

Cobot mounted on AMR

© NEURA Robotics GmbH

LARA (Lightweight Agile robotic assistant) mounted on MAV (Multi-Sensing Autonomous vehicle) palletizing products

Wire Cutting


A FANUC Robot LR Mate 200iD is loading a WireCut EDM machine

Collaborative Robot


YUMI is ABB’s collaborative robot on the market

Electronics industry


Robots at assembly line in the electronics industry

Automotive welding


Robots welding car chassis in the automotive industry

Automotive welding


Robots welding parts in the automotive industry

UR5 – A highly flexible robot arm

© Universal Robots

UR5 robots (payload 5kg) carry out machine tending on CNC machines

UR3 – ultra-flexible table-top robot

© Universal Robots

UR3 robots (payload 3kg) to screw drive the caps on consumer goods at MARKA.

Cheese Handling

© Staubli

Cutting and Handling of Cheese


© Staubli

Automotives – Automation



Using the teach pendant for programming, or touch up of previously made offline programs.


© CoolGraphics/Yaskawa

MOTOMAN dual arm robot in a co‐worker robot cell separates, airs and moves stacks of printed paper sheets.



The MOTOMAN dual arm robot in a biomedical cell where it performs all the necessary tasks in a laboratory environment.


© BlueBotics 2017

Cleanfix – RA 660 – ANT driven cleaning a floor

ANT driven AGV

© BlueBotics 2017

AGV Scandinavia – ANT driven forklift

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