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Robotic Industries Association

  • MI, United States
  • Tel: (734) 994-6088
  • Fax: (734) 994-3338
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  • Member Since 1900
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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.

Industry Insights

Lean, Mean Robotic Machines: Robotics in Lean Manufacturing

POSTED: 08/13/2004

Lean manufacturing, a system of production, is ripe for robotics. This system emphasizes the efficient use of resources that shortens lead times and decreases costs by eliminating all non-value waste. Robotics are particularly suited for lean manufacturing since a successfully integrated manufacturing work cell has many of its concepts designed

Robot Safety and You: Examples of Real-Life Accidents We Can Learn From

POSTED: 08/02/2004

The Robotic Industries Association remains very involved in promoting robot safety, and for that matter, industrial safety in general.  Industrial safety in North America has seen continual improvement in recent years, but even one accident is one accident too many. I am frequently asked about robot accidents.  Robot accidents specifically are

Rise of the Machines

POSTED: 06/18/2004

Robotic technology is nothing new to the finishing industry.  For decades, painting robots have been used in automotive, aerospace and general industrial facilities.  At the same time, the hefty price tags associated with introducing one or more robots to a facility kept many small and mid-size job shops in a

Taking the Heat: Robotics in Foundries

POSTED: 04/30/2004

Foundry operations encompass the three dreaded D’s in industrial labor: Dull, Dirty and Dangerous. Work at such companies is less than desirable for people, but perfect for robotics, which are ideally suited to take on

Biotech Material Handling Robotics

POSTED: 04/04/2004

Biotechnology material handling applications are among some of the fastest growing areas of robotics. Drug discovery and vaccines research have moved material handling robotics from the factory floor to academic laboratories and to research and development departments of biotechnology firms. Biotech vs. Non-Biotech Biotech is not just another industrial material handling

The Culture of Safety

POSTED: 03/15/2004

This past year I attended a conference where one of the speakers was asking the question ‘‘Do you have a Safety Culture?’‘  It was an interesting question that got me contemplating the significance of simply a safe work place versus a true environment or culture of safety. I thought about it

Simulators Focus on Simplicity, Safety

POSTED: 03/02/2004

This year the members of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) will spend time looking back on the association’s first 30 years. Discussions will be nostalgic, as the industry remembers the UNIMATE, the first industrial robot installed in a New Jersey automobile plant;

Cooking Up Success: Space and Labor Limitations at Frozen-Foods Manufacturer Overcome By Robotic Palletizing System

POSTED: 01/19/2004

Rich Products, a frozen food company, needed three, and eventually four, automated case palletizing lines for the three-shift operation in its Winchester, Va., plant. The area’s labor pool was small, with many manufacturers competing for it. However, there was no floor space available for automating the three packaging lines, and

Coming Off Banner Year, Robot Industry Looks Forward to 2004

POSTED: 01/15/2004

Just two short years from one of the worst economic downturns in the robot industry's history, companies are using words like it’s 1999 … when the industry was at its peak. But after a painful industry contraction in recent times, companies from coast

Automated Cell Phone Housing Assembly Line Combines Robotics & Vision Guidance

POSTED: 12/01/2003

Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine   Spectra Technologies Inc. of Euless, Texas, recently designed an automated cell phone housing assembly line for Triple S Plastics Inc. The assembly line consists of 12 stations that combine to automatically load, assemble, process and unload parts. Ten of the stations use

Manufacturing Athletic Shoes in the USA

POSTED: 11/12/2003

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., provides insight into the use of robotics technology in the production of footwear. Following is an excerpt from their presentation at the 2004 Robotics Industry Forum: We (New Balance) stitch our uppers on computer controlled vision stitching machines where a camera controls the sewing head of

Robots For Small Business: A Growing Trend

POSTED: 10/31/2003

Many people assume that the majority of robot customers are in larger, more traditional industries that deploy dozens of work cells in the course of production. While it is true that automotive, electronics, and consumer goods manufacturers are major users of robots, small businesses - enterprises with fewer than 100

Recent Developments in Robot Safety Standards

POSTED: 10/17/2003

This has been a particularly exciting year for developments in robot safety standards.  However, most of these developments have taken place outside the United States, so for many of us they have gone relatively unnoticed.  Since I have been an active participant in these developments, I would like to take

Safety First: A Review of Robotic Safeguarding Devices and Issues

POSTED: 10/03/2003

Industrial robots use is increasing, and so the need to understand robot safety issues affects an ever-growing cross-section of industries, applications and personnel. For more than twenty years, Robotic Industries Association has been developing robot safety standards and is now in the fifteenth year for its annual National Robot Safety

Robotic Welding of Precision Aluminum Parts in Telecommunications and Medical Devices

POSTED: 08/18/2003

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Faced with the need to adopt robotic arc-welding technology to increase capacity in the face of a local shortage of qualified welders, Clarence Rierson, founder of Quality Metal

Robot Vision – Technical Issues

POSTED: 08/03/2003

Much of the early work in the field of machine vision was driven by robot guidance applications. Back in the mid- to late-70s, the National Science Foundation sponsored research at the Stanford Research Institute under Charles Rosen that lead to the pioneering work in their global feature analysis algorithms. It

Grippers Grab the Future with Greater Functionality

POSTED: 07/14/2003

With customers demanding standardized solutions that set up easier, last longer and work faster, it’s no wonder that the robotics industry and its component ‘‘gripper and clamp manufacturers’‘ are in a sea of change. Growing more common every year, the ease of use

It’s Not Your Father’s Vacuum Pump Anymore

POSTED: 07/01/2003

Today’s smart pumps and decentralized vacuum systems are making vacuum systems more efficient and more dependable. It wasn’t always that way, however. Vacuum material handling systems had a sub par reputation twenty years ago. Like today’s systems, manufactures used vacuum generators or pumps

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

POSTED: 06/16/2003

The development of the GTAW process was accelerated early in 1940. Initially the process was called ‘‘Heliarc’‘, because Helium was used for the shielding gas. Later when argon was available the process was renamed tungsten inert gas or ‘‘TIG’‘. Now, it is generally and preferably called

Robotic Baggage Handling

POSTED: 06/13/2003

For the past several decades now, baggage handling systems at major airports have successfully deployed automated conveyor systems and intelligent sorter technologies. Nevertheless, the most difficult operation in the entire baggage handling process is still performed manually, and entails the physical laoding of baggage into ULDs and onto transport carts.

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