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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

Ask the Experts: Robotics Online’s Advice Column

POSTED: 03/02/2009

  Executive Summary Ask the Experts offers unique insight into customer needs and vendor capabilities in the robotics industry. According to participants, users improve the chance for valuable feedback if they follow these guidelines: 1) Give context for the problem (big

Robot Safety in Difficult Times

POSTED: 02/04/2009

These days it seems like the news is filled with nothing but more “bad news.”  The economy is clearly in a down-turn, no question about it.  Turn on the TV, read a newspaper, surf the

2009 Robotics Forecast: Productivity, Expansion Counter Recession Pressures

POSTED: 01/09/2009

Economist Alan Beaulieu had everyone laughing at the RIA 2008 Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando last November, proving once and for all that bad medicine is always easier to swallow with a spoonful of sugar. In between lighthearted observations, Beaulieu’s data was compelling.

What to do in a Recession

POSTED: 01/02/2009

Is your company recession proof? Last year wasn’t so bad for some RIA members. Many had big months in the fall even while consumer spending dried up in the broader economy. One industrial cable company had a terrific October

Robot, Heal Thy Self: The Latest in Robotic Maintenance and Diagnostics

POSTED: 12/17/2008

Maintenance and diagnostics are important in keeping industrial robots at their optimal operating performance. While simply cleaning and lubricating robots periodically can go a long way in achieving peak performance, controls built into them provide preventive maintenance capability as well as the ability to diagnose problems. “Robot operators often have difficulty

What’s Next for Robotics

POSTED: 10/15/2008

One day you will turn on your computer, punch up an online world where your avatar can assemble different objects to make a custom robot, test it in a simulation of your factory and have the real thing sent to your brick and mortar location. Sound far fetched? Consider this:

Twisting and Bending: A User’s Guide to Robotic Cables

POSTED: 10/01/2008

When designing a robotic work cell, integrators and end-users must take into account many variables and components to ensure its success. Cabling is one element of robotic work cells that is often overlooked during the design phase. Robot with a cable management system, courtesy igus Inc.

Forging New Relationships for the Robotics Industry

POSTED: 09/16/2008

One of our main goals at RIA is to educate our members and others interested in robotics about new opportunities and “what’s next” for robotics applications. In order to accomplish that goal, we sponsor shows and conferences, workshops, award programs, and the industry’s most comprehensive Web site, Robotics Online. All of

A Preview of the International Conference for Vision-Guided Robotics

POSTED: 09/03/2008

As robotic vision systems become increasingly powerful, more adaptable and less expensive, robot suppliers are incorporating them as a standard feature in systems provided to end-users. Robot suppliers, integrators and end-users have the opportunity to see, learn and contemplate the latest in vision-guided robotics at the International Conference for Vision-Guided

New RIA Technical Report on Robot Safety

POSTED: 08/19/2008

If you have not already seen it, soon you will see the announcement that the Robotic Industries Association has introduced a new Technical Report, R15.206 providing Guidelines for Implementing ANSI/RIA/ISO 10218-1-2007.  Of course this is always exciting news when we release a new

Robotics Online Clicking Strong for Members and Customers

POSTED: 08/19/2008

Customer connections are thriving on Robotics Online where more than 4,900 clicks were recorded by advertisers in July, and a growing list of members received hot leads by way of RFQs and contacts from

Robotics Industry Forum Turns Networking into Connectioneering!

POSTED: 08/08/2008

Are you ready for a unique kind of networking that leads to new and improved business? On November 6, 2008, your RIA membership unlocks the door to Connectioneering at the Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida. Business

Robots on the Grindstone: Material Removal Robotics

POSTED: 08/06/2008

In an era of historically high prices for metals and energy, manufacturers are feeling the pinch. To ease the effect of increasing costs of these products, industry is taking a close look at ways of keeping energy and material expenses in line. Investing in robotics for material removal can be

Mixing it up: Trends in Packaging and Palletizing Robotics

POSTED: 07/23/2008

The accelerating adoption of robotics has been among the most important trends in packaging and palletizing in recent years. With the speeds and flexibility that robotics offer, this trend will continue. “Packaging and palletizing robotic applications are a growing industry. Just about everyone palletizes or packages their product,” says Kawasaki’s Bob

Robotic Inspection: A Guide

POSTED: 07/09/2008

Robot-based inspections systems are an application whose time has come. As vision systems become increasingly powerful and flexible, more end-users will consider inspection tasks being integrated into robotic work cells. Robot makers and integrators can offer end-users some valuable advice on having vision systems do more than just guide the

Food For Thought: Robotics in the Food Industry

POSTED: 06/12/2008

Visit a food production facility and you will notice a mix of tasks performed by manual labor and robotics. While the reliance on manual labor has been steadily declining, more and more of the jobs in food manufacturing

Making The Most Of Motors And Drives

POSTED: 04/07/2008

Electric motors and drives improve year after year more as an evolutionary process than by revolutionary developments. Since these smaller motors and drives are integrated into robotics systems, they are helping to bring new levels of efficiency and productivity to more compact robotic solutions. Sorting through the choices in

Press and Machine Tending Robotics

POSTED: 03/18/2008

Manual press and machine tending applications are among the least desired jobs in industrial labor due to the danger, repetition and nasty environment. When manufacturers manage to find people willing to perform these jobs, retaining them is another major challenge. Robotics have proven to be an ideal means for

The European Robotics Market and How the Germans Lead

POSTED: 03/04/2008

 As the EU economies continue to expand, Germany, the largest of the 26 EU economies, offers profitable market opportunities for producers of innovative automation technology and peripheral equipment. The German automation sector is highly international with exports amounting to 80%, and imports at 67%. Germany produces 14% of the


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