Robotic Industries Association
- MI, United States
- Tel: (734) 994-6088
- Fax: (734) 994-3338
- Member Since 1900
- Robotic Internal
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.
Many manufacturers supporting the automotive, aerospace and defense industries, among many others, have a busy room somewhere in the back where quality control engineers, designers, machinists and shop foreman come to see if their products match the original specifications. Custom and tool and die
The expected life cycle for an industrial robot can easily exceed ten years with proper maintenance. Part of that extended life cycle is due to the robust design of the robot and the ability to reprogram and retool robots for different tasks. Of course, simplifying tooling and speeding the reuse process is
Press transfer and destacking robots, a type of material handling application, fulfill important functions in many manufacturing facilities including such diverse industries as electronics, automotive, and medical devices. Although the process that these workcells undertake is relatively simple, they present some challenges. 'In operation, press
The use of robotics technology in the furniture industry is relatively small when compared to other industries, yet the opportunities are numerous and compelling. The chores for robots in the furniture sector range from material handling to welding to finishing. While robotic automation is
The areas of medical device manufacturing, biomedicine and drug discovery have shown little reaction to today’s economic hardships, prompting many robot vendors and integrators to aggressively pursue manufacturing, material handling and R&D applications in these booming industries. ‘‘The medical industry hasn’t been highly automated
What do you do with a good machine when it gets a few years old, or ten or even twenty? How many pieces of capital equipment even stay in production that long before the process or product changes so much as to render
Many executives in the robot manufacturing business are hopeful that the slow pace of sales will be a thing of the past in 2003. While industry insiders believe that the coming year will bring an increase in sales, most are expecting modest improvements now with a return to better days
Discount Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: DAP), one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket retailers, operates 660 stores in six Southeastern states. At the end of 1998, DAP was rapidly outgrowing their existing 621,500 sq.ft. Lakeland, Florida distribution center (DC). The company needed a new DC to relieve pressure on the
Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Case Study: A Staubli robot picks up a box of Euro coins for packaging at the Pessac Mint Facility in France The European Single Currency, the Euro, made its debut in January. April 2001 marked the service introduction
Whether it is for part inspection, robot guidance or as a robot cell programming aid, robots are increasingly using automated vision systems to expand their application base thanks to efforts to (1) simplify the robot/vision human-machine interfaces (HMI) and (2) improve communication. ‘‘Machine vision is much easier to use today, more
As the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) 'point man' for robot safety, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a number of robot users in plants throughout North America. In many cases, this has been as the instructor conducting the Robot
Once the domain of pneumatics, pick and place robotic systems are finding themselves in a more favorable competitive light as production lines move to greater varieties of products moving at faster speeds. Today, low price points and greater education among manufacturers are prompting more customers to realize that the flexibility
Work cell control is an area of robotics that is changing rapidly due to the fast pace of change in technology. This is especially true of the evolution of controllers and their ability to monitor and manage elements within the work cell. THERE ARE THREE MAJOR TYPES of control units available
Today's difficult economic environment and emerging standard interfaces are changing the shape of robotic arc welding systems. End users once concerned with the cost of the entire project - including purchase, integration and operational costs - are now taking more narrow views that tend to ignore many of the offsetting
Assembly Robots 101 by Joe Campbell While robots are among the highest technology products on the manufacturing floor, they are essentially just another tool. Twenty years ago, cam-actuated devices were commonly accepted, then pneumatic
Most robots used for industrial manufacturing have articulated arms equipped with serial technology, where each axis is in line relative to the preceding one. In 1987 a new type of robot, the parallel kinematic robot (PKR), was designed and built by Karl-Erik Neumann.
Dispensing is one of the more demanding and varied robotic applications due to the range of tasks demanded of it and its need for precision. From dispensing fluids to wire to tape, this application can be especially rewarding compared to traditional systems. A big key to success is knowing what
While labor cost reduction and quality improvements have always been drivers for robotic automation, the act of automating has enabled many manufacturers to save on the consumables used in the process, including power, components and raw materials. Although most industries that use robotic automation can point to some form of consumable
When setting up a robotic workcell, there is a tendency for robot makers and end users to focus on the robot itself. This is understandable as the robot arm is at the heart of the system. However, there are other ingredients-peripherals-that are vital to its effective and efficient function. These include
Spot welding is one of the most mature applications in robotics. Particularly in the automotive industry, the speed, precision, efficiency and resulting cost reductions afforded by automated spot welding are well documented and accepted. But industry requires that even the most mature solutions continue to evolve. End users, including experts from