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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

Scara vs. Cartesian Robots: Selecting the Right Type for Your Applications

POSTED: 09/27/2001

With several types of robotic arms on the market, it is important to know the differences among them in order to select the type that best meets your needs. Categories of robots include articulated arm, polar, cylindrical, gantry, cartesian and scara (selective compliance assembly robot arm). Of these, scara and

Here Come the Super Heavyweights!

POSTED: 08/23/2001

Reprinted from Managing Automation July/2001 © 2001 Thomas Publishing Company They may not be ripping off their T-shirts as they enter the ring, but a new class of superheavyweight robots is making its way into the competitive arena with earth-shaking force. One of these muscular creatures was spotted last month

Robots Take Over Automotive Plant Floors

POSTED: 08/03/2001

This article is courtesy of Material Handling Management Magazine The progress of robots in the past 30 years has been amazing. In fact, the progress in the past year is something to brag about. Proof? Besides taking a plant tour to any automotive assembly plant in the world —

From Stodgy to Speedy: Advances in Gantry Robots

POSTED: 07/30/2001

Through the mid 1990's, gantry robots were considered slow, inefficient and inflexible--the black sheep of the robotic family. But with the advent of more powerful linear motors and faster computers, this view is changing. 'Gantries are now more in line with what articulating robots can produce,' says Bill Torrens, director of

Robotic Gluing Spreads Cost Savings

POSTED: 06/28/2001

From lavatory sinks to insulated windows to automobile parts, it is difficult to find a product without glued parts, many of them the result of robotic gluing applications. 'Just about any industry that you can think of, from health and beauty

PC Evolution Into Robotics to Be Showcased at Robots & Vision Show

POSTED: 05/29/2001

Several leading exhibitors at the upcoming International Robots & Vision Show in Chicago, June 5-7, will demonstrate how PC-based controller technology is impacting the robotics industry. From Motoman Inc. (West Carrollton, OH) comes

More Robots Take Up Painting, Coating and Dispensing, Too

POSTED: 04/27/2001

When you think about the millions of products that require a painted surface or perhaps a coating to protect a paint job or natural finish, it's not surprising there are thousands of robots performing these tasks as well as dispensing sealant to close gaps or join components. Automating these jobs is

Consumer Products Produced by Robotics

POSTED: 03/28/2001

It is common knowledge that industrial robots help manufacture big ticket items like automobiles, aerospace components, tractors and bulldozers. But what not be as well known is that robots also assist in producing everyday products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, and cell phones. 'Like a human, we can teach a robot to

Will Ergonomics Rule Lead To More Robotics Use?

POSTED: 02/27/2001

New rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor in January are intended to protect some 100 million workers from on-the-job ergonomic hazards. One likely consequence of the regulation will be renewed interest by manufacturers and others in the use of automation as a solution to their compliance challenges. How significant

Robot Makers Feel Cautiously Optimistic About 2001

POSTED: 01/30/2001

Despite a slowdown in the economy, in general, and the automotive industry, in particular, robot sales for 2001 should be equal to or even better than 2000, according to most robotic industry executives. While some observers think the automotive industry, which accounts for more than 50 percent of the robots deployed,

Robot/Vision Companies Poised on Brink of e-Business Golden Era

POSTED: 12/18/2000

E-Business and e-Commerce, although still in their infancy, are proving to yield multiple, significant benefits both for robot and vision companies and their customers. Principal among these benefits are a volume increase in sales, cost savings, reduction in time-to-market, slashing automation lead times 30%, and a vaulting increase in efficiency,

Clean Room Robots Sweep Up Big Savings In Semiconductor Applications

POSTED: 11/16/2000

Among the most compelling benefits of the use of Class 1 and Class 100 Clean Room Robots in semiconductor manufacturing are the reduction in scrap from broken wafers and chips, which translate into major cost savings in wafer handling. 'When you consider that each wafer is worth over $100,000, the avoidance

Robots For Material Removal Maintain Their Cutting Edge

POSTED: 10/16/2000

Robots used for laser or weld cutting of materials ranging from plastics, titanium, steel, aluminum, silver and gold, and even wood are seeing some of the most sophisticated advancements ever. In the forefront of these advances are Off-Line Programming (OLP) and Cloning of robotic workcells used in laser cutting of

Executive Interview: Rick Schneider, President & CEO, FANUC Robotics North America, Inc.

POSTED: 09/18/2000

How do you think the robotics industry will continue to grow in the coming years?  In the year 2000 and beyond, the robotics industry will continue to penetrate new industries by finding ways to help our customers lower the cost of manufacturing products

Robotic Safeguarding Devices Embody Higher Functionality At Lower Cost

POSTED: 09/18/2000

Safeguarding devices for robots essentially fall into five major categories-safety switches, optical devices such as light curtains or safety beams, safety mats, laser scanners, and lastly, bus-compatible systems, according to Roberta Nelson Shea, safety specialist with Honeywell International. While technology continues to make incremental advances,

Intelligent Assist Devices Coming of Age

POSTED: 08/17/2000

What's an IAD? It stands for intelligent assist device, but a definition is somewhat of a challenge. Part of the difficulty is IADs, which typically aid workers lifting and positioning heavy, awkward objects, come in more varieties than squash. What everyone does agree on is the units, which enhance worker productivity

Advances in Robotic Simulation Deliver More Bang for the Buck

POSTED: 07/17/2000

Tangible advances in the art and science of robotic simulation add up to the delivery of multiple benefits to those manufacturers who use robots in their plants. Most of the robot manufacturers are now providing Realistic Robot Simulation (RRS) modules or "black box", which

Robotic Vision Advances Center Around Software Technology Leaps

POSTED: 07/17/2000

Advances in robotic vision software are opening up new vistas in applications in both automotive and non-automotive industries. These advances center around geometric and pattern recognition analysis that eliminate some of the previous drawbacks in shape recognition. "The methods that were available before were blob analysis, which required objects to be

Selecting the Right System Integrator for Your Project

POSTED: 06/09/2000

A look at the key issues involved in selecting the right integrator for your specific needs If your company doesn't have the personnel with the skills or time to devote to a robotic installation, it's time to consider hiring a systems integrator. An integrator adds value because a robot is

Used Robots: Do They Make Sense for Your Company?

POSTED: 06/09/2000

A look at the pros and cons of used robots Although prices of new robots have dropped in recent years, a used unit still represents a significant cost savings, in some cases, more than 50 percent. Used robots are 'attractive especially for smaller companies, which don't want a large capital

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