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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

International Robot Safety Standard in Final Review

POSTED: 08/02/2010

The ISO 10218 International Standard for industrial robot safety is entering its last stage of approval prior to publication.

What’s New with Robots in Electronics and Semiconductors?

POSTED: 07/07/2010

Robotics manufacturing electronic components and semiconductors have a long history. As the trend towards ever smaller electronic devices continues along with the requirement for cleanliness, the need for robots will increase in these applications. The electronics within the robots performing tasks in semiconductor and electronic applications mirrors the trends toward becoming

What's New with Robotics in Injection Molding?

POSTED: 06/01/2010

Robotics are being applied in increasing frequency in injection molding related processes

Motoman’s Dean Elkins is RIA’s New Chair

POSTED: 04/30/2010

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) selected a new chair in January 2010.

What's Cooking with Food Robotics?

POSTED: 04/05/2010

Robotics have an increasingly important role in maintaining a food supply that is safe, efficient and cost-effective. To gauge the

“S” Shaped Recovery for the Economy?

POSTED: 01/22/2010

At RIA’s Robotics Industry Forum, Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics offers a new type of prediction for the economy.

Robotics Market Cautiously Optimistic for 2010

POSTED: 01/18/2010

The robotics industry, like the world economy, is slowly emerging from the most trying economic times since the 1930s.

What Is New with Robots in Press/Machine Tending and Material Removal

POSTED: 12/07/2009

Material removal or press/machine tending: Which task is more dull and dangerous? Manufacturers often have had difficulty in finding people to fill these positions. With improved vision systems and off-line programming (OLP), manufacturers are increasingly investing in robotics to perform tending and material removal chores. “I see the overall acceptability of

Food Lovers Can Thank Robots

POSTED: 11/23/2009

Thank a robot for your food? Then and now (I Love Lucy vs. Quattro Robot for packaging chocolates). Video

Safety Triggers Military Robot Alert

POSTED: 11/05/2009

If you like “Future Weapons” on Discovery Channel then you’ll be interested in the MAARS Robot. Video included

Robotic Simulation and Off-line Programming: From Academia to Industry

POSTED: 11/02/2009

Robotic simulation and off-line programming (OLP) are powerful tools for saving integrators and end-users time and money when designing a

A Little Green in Every Robot

POSTED: 10/19/2009

Robots are among the most efficient machines available to manufacturers and can be part of any company’s strategy for green

Food Processing Gets New Safety Controls

POSTED: 10/13/2009

Food applications are important to many RIA members. RIA caught up with Gary Ferguson for a Q & A session.

Making it Safe: National Robot Safety Conference 2009

POSTED: 10/06/2009

On the eve of major changes to robot safety standards, robot makers, integrators, and peripheral equipment manufacturers will attend...

Robotics and the Big Trends

POSTED: 09/21/2009

I’ve been thinking and reading quite a bit lately about how robotics ties in with the big trends impacting our

International Robot Safety Standard Enters Final Phase of Acceptance

POSTED: 09/04/2009

I have just returned from Frankfurt, Germany, and a very successful meeting where the ISO TC184/SC 2 WG3 team completed their work on reviewing the technical content of the proposed new Part 2 of ISO 10218, the International Standard for robot

Roadmap to the Future

POSTED: 08/12/2009

If Hollywood’s vision were correct, robotics in the future would represent a stark departure from today’s commercially available robots.

What's New with Robots in Pharmacies and Laboratories?

POSTED: 07/20/2009

Robotics have become an element of mainstream production in heavy industry for decades, but flexible automation is rapidly becoming commonplace in laboratories and pharmacies. “Stäubli has seen an increase of activity in life science applications, especially in

RIA is a Common Sense Investment in Any Economy

POSTED: 07/05/2009

In a few years we will be looking at a strong, resurgent economy, but will you be ready before that happens? The trick for all of us will be to recognize the bottom of the economic cycle and position ourselves to outpace our competitors in capitalizing on renewed customer demand. In

Is Automation Right for Your Welding Operations?

POSTED: 06/15/2009

Considerations to Make Before Investing by Kevin Summers, Business Development Manager, Robotics/Automation, Miller Electric Mfg. Co., and Rob Ryan, Product Manager, Automation Group and Thomas Jaeger, Engineering Manager, R&D and New Product Development, Tregaskiss Ltd. Many

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