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Robotic Industries Association

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Robotic Industries Association publishes Robotics Online which provides information to help engineers, managers and executives apply and justify robotics and flexible automation. The site includes a proprietary search engine algorithm that makes it easy to find and compare leading companies, products and services. Robotics Online is dedicated to news, articles and information specifically for the robotics industry.

RIA members contribute content, serve as experts for “Ask the Experts" and guide the Association with input from committees and volunteers that help write robot standards and technical reports. Publications, including safety standards and risk assessment software, are available from the online bookstore.

Founded in 1974, RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups, and consulting firms.

Case Studies

Flexible Cable Performs in Severe Cold Temperature Environments

POSTED: 11/01/2010

  Problem: A leading North American manufacturer of electric fork lift trucks wanted a rugged flexible cable that could not only withstand thousands upon thousands of flexes year after year, but also endure extreme sub-zero temperatures in working environments where the fork lift equipment is used to offload foods and perishables from

NASA Perfects Orbital Docking Here On Earth With Help Of Robotics

POSTED: 11/30/2006

  Space exploration and research usually calls to mind images of weightlessness and advanced technologies. But a great deal of engineering takes place right here on Earth, on the ground. Due to the high cost of failure in space and the inherent danger involved, NASA performs exhaustive tests and simulations of

Robotic Tape Application

POSTED: 08/16/2006

  Product or Part Automated: Side Body Molding Robot Vendor: Fanuc Robot Model or Type: M16i Robot Integrator: Two Stage Innovation Submitted by: Terry Sharp PEng Company: Two Stage Innovation Inc. Contact: terry@twostage.com Problem Statement Customer wanted a flexible tape application system for a variety of parts. Idustry search along with other

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team

POSTED: 10/05/2004

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team Reprinted by Permission from Robotics World Magazine (Posted 10/05/2004) While robotic assembly applications have increased in both number and complexity over the years, a large number of applications have been passed over due to technology.

RELIABOT PC Adhesive Inspection

POSTED: 07/29/2004

RELIABOT® PC Adhesive Inspection is a complete, packaged solution for inspecting the bead of adhesive, sealant, foam, or other material around the perimeter of a part. The solution consists of a bundled Panel PC, Cognex Frame Grabber card, Opto-22 I/O card, Sony cameras, Tectivity

SIG Delta Robots Get to Grips with Wagner's Piccolinis Pizzas

POSTED: 02/04/2004

Manufacturer of frozen foods, Wagner, was recently met with increased demand for its ‘‘Piccolinis’‘ pizzas. To meet this demand, Wagner turned to SIG Pack Systems for a faster and more efficient production process, which offered a compact solution with a lower level of complexity. Wagner introduced Piccolinis

Material Handling On the MoneyReprinted with permission from Robotics World

POSTED: 11/18/2002

The European Single Currency, the Euro, made its debut in January. April 2001 marked the service introduction of a robot production line set up by GAPE-CEMES at Monnaie de Paris (the Paris Mint) for packaging boxes of Euro coins. Quite naturally, Stäubli robots found themselves a

Robofrogs: Hopping Robots Built for Mars

POSTED: 09/15/2000

PASADENA, Calif. - The next giant leap for NASA in space may well be a hop. Walking and rolling have, traditionally, dominated how NASA robots - and astronauts - have moved about places like the moon and Mars. But a select class of up-and-coming robots will literally skip over the idea of

Yushin Servo Robot Improves Worker Safety

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Problem: Productivity and profitability are the benefits most often associated with molding robots, while one of the most important—safety—is sometimes overlooked.  One large, automotive custom molder, however, installed a Yushin servo robot with the specific objective of protecting workers from a hazardous situation.  And while the installation is

Space Saving Material Handling Solution from Robohand

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Stewart Connector, a manufacturer of plastic connectors for the electronics industry, was experiencing a costly increase in set-up times on a material handling application.  New to the company, and as yet unfamiliar with Stewart's CAD software, manufacturing engineer Keith Crawford was dissatisfied with components supplied by his current supplier (Before

Sigpack Delta Robot for Packaging at Pepperidge Farm

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The right choice is being made every day by more and more connoisseurs of fine taste throughout the world, when they opt for a superior delicacy from Pepperidge Farm - a division of Campbell Soup, Inc. Pepperidge Farm also made the right choice when deciding to automate

Robotic Packaging of Lipstick Containers Decreases Downtime

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SMALL ITEM PACKAGING:     A CASE STUDY             GOAL: Decrease downtime and increase productivity on a packaging line. CHALLENGE: Pick small diameter tubes (in this case, lipstick containers) from a conveyor and place them in

Vertical Injection Molding Industry Turns to Robotics

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Horizontal injection molding machines with automatic unload systems are a common sight.  Walking through the plant floor of any number of custom molding companies will provide a good illustration of gantry systems that unload finished molded product directly from horizontal molding presses.  The term "robotic unloaders" is the common

Linear Motors Power Disk Drive PNP Robot

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Problem: A major disk drive manufacturer needed a robot to load and unload a large vertical array of Servo Track Writers (STW's) plus an input and output shuttle within a Class 100 mini-environment.  With only a few inches of space for mechanism beyond the travel envelope, the robot

Efficiency Improved in Molding Auto Parts

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Problem: InteSeys Technologies, Inc, molds a wide range of parts for automotive applications as well as others.  InteSeys has been molding large, complex 100-pin connectors for a popular U.S.-made automobile for four years.  Before using a servo robot in this application, two operators were required to load six-

Molding Optically Clear Lenses for Cellular Phones

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Yushin Servo Robots ideal for clean- room applications.  Case sited: molding optically clear lenses for cellular phones.  Problem: InteSeys (Gilbert Arizona), performs multiple, sequential manufacturing processes for a major cellular phone manufacturer.  Digital-readout lenses are molded, with in-mold decoration.  An adhesive foam pad and a lens protector are

A Robot Palletizer for the Sugar and Flour Industry

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Problem: In recent years, strong competition and the need to find new purchasing stimuli for the consumer, has led large distributors to develop new sales outlet shelving concepts. As was the case in the mineral water and soft-drinks sector, solutions have also been developed for 1 kg

Flexible Cable Passes the Test with U.S. Navy

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Problem: As the U.S. Navy began modernizing its Trident II submarines, General Dynamics needed a flexible cable similar to those used with industrial robots and related flex cable applications – except that it had to be a fiber optic cable used in speed-of-light data

Yushin Servo Robot Improves Worker Safety

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Problem: Productivity and profitability are the benefits most often associated with molding robots, while one of the most important—safety—is sometimes overlooked.  One large, automotive custom molder, however, installed a Yushin servo robot with the specific objective of protecting workers from a hazardous situation.  And while the installation is

Robotic Production Technology Helps Medallion Plastics, Inc. Increase Production by 35% While Reducing Scrap and Improving Trimming Quality

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Challenge Medallion Plastics, Inc., one of the largest custom thermoformers in Indiana, has undergone tremendous growth in size and diversification since the company was founded in 1976.  The company started as a manufacturer of thermoformed products for the recreational vehicle industry and now supplies quality products


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