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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.

Industry Insights

Integrated Intelligent Warehouse Systems Boost Efficiency for Auto Parts Distributor

POSTED: 11/18/2002

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

Material Handling On the Money

POSTED: 11/18/2002

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

Companies Tweak Vision Software to Robotic Purposes

POSTED: 11/01/2002

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

Reflecting on Robot Safety

POSTED: 09/25/2002

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

Pick and Place Evolves Beyond Traditional Roles

POSTED: 09/13/2002

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

Logic Control for Robot Work Cells

POSTED: 08/27/2002

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

Arc Welding Cells-in-a-box Answer Today's Customer Needs

POSTED: 08/16/2002

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

POSTED: 08/05/2002

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

Parallel Kinematic Robots

POSTED: 08/05/2002

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 Profits with Dispensing Robots

POSTED: 07/19/2002

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

Robots Save on Consumables, Raw Material Costs

POSTED: 07/03/2002

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

Manufacturing Best Practices Include the Best Robotic Peripherals

POSTED: 06/13/2002

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 Keeps Moving Forward

POSTED: 06/01/2002

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

Arc Welding Thin Walls

POSTED: 05/17/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Manufacturing the metal frame that reinforces and supports the visible portion of an instrument panel of an automobile is no small feat. Each substructure contains as many as 27 main components that have to be welded

Take It Off: Robotic Material Removal Applications

POSTED: 05/02/2002

In many robotic manufacturing processes, there is a need for some form of material removal operation, whether that is grinding, sanding, deburring or polishing. 'Robotic technology has relatively low risk,' says Lester Godwin, vice president of the Dallas, TX based Pushcorp, a maker of force control devices for robotic material removal

Robotic Integrators Take Their Specialties Seriously

POSTED: 04/15/2002

Flexibility, ease of use, and market acceptance are increasing user acceptance and application of robotics in key industries, including pharmaceutical, electronics and food processing. Object based menus and simple icon driven user interfaces along with a better understanding of return on investment are also boosting sales into markets that were

Pharmaceutical Robotic Applications

POSTED: 04/01/2002

In the world of pharmaceuticals, there is a vital role for robotics to play in the complicated processes of research and development, production, and packaging. Justification for robots ranges from improved worker safety to improved quality. Speeding up the drug discovery process is another benefit of robotics. A number of

Robotic Material Handling: Bottles

POSTED: 03/15/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine, December 2001 Pyraser Bier GmbH & Co KG, founded in 1870 in Pyras, Germany, brews eight types of beer to meet demand in Bavaria. The company, which employs 45 persons, also sells carbonated beverages, juices

New Thinking in Machinery Safeguarding Strategy

POSTED: 02/18/2002

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 2nd International Conference on Safety of Industrial Automated Systems.  This was an excellent chance to learn of new developments and trends in the international market place.  Held in Bonn, Germany, this was the second in a series.  The next conference is

Moving the mail: Postal Robotics

POSTED: 02/15/2002

The United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) has emerged as one of the larger end users of robotics in the United States. The needs and challenges of implementing a robotic system to help move more than 200 billion pieces of mail a year present unique challenges over those faced in general

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