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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

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

New President Brings New Agenda to RIA

POSTED: 02/18/2008

I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as RIA president (as of November 9, 2007). The honor comes with succeeding Trevor Jones who has done a tremendous job of paving the way New President, Rich Litt, Brings New Agenda to RIA

The Year Ahead in Robot Safety

POSTED: 02/04/2008

We are only a few weeks into the New Year, and I hope one of your resolutions is to work safe.  Your association is busy with our continuing efforts to support this resolution, including the upcoming 2008

Smooth and Steady: Prospects for the Robotics Industry in 2008

POSTED: 01/04/2008

Despite the possibility of a slowdown in the economy, the outlook of those in the robotics industry in 2008 is generally optimistic. ‘‘I think 2008 will be a strong year for the robotics industry,’‘ says Richard O. Litt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Systems Group, Davenport,

Robots Rally CNC Operations Against Offshore Competition

POSTED: 12/17/2007

Robots have traditionally served CNC applications and systems by loading and unloading tools and work materials. While this is still an important part of the robotic CNC relationship, robotic systems are increasingly substituting for larger and costlier fixed-bed CNC platforms for certain applications.  Robots have aided larger computer-numerically

Robotics Industry Forum Looks to Future of the Industry

POSTED: 11/14/2007

From big news for Platinum members to predictions about the industry, RIA’s Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando (November 7-9, 2007) was packed with market intelligence and high-level networking. As detailed in a “Robots in America” blog, Platinum Members Emerge at Top of Industry during Robotics Industry Forum, a

Is the Wood Industry Ready for Robotics?

POSTED: 11/14/2007

 When thinking of the role of robotics in manufacturing, working with wood-based products is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, as robots become less expensive and more powerful, end-users, system integrators and robot manufacturers are taking a closer look at deploying robots in the wood

Robots in Consumer Goods

POSTED: 10/24/2007

While industrial robotics have been the mainstay of the automotive industry for many years, the use of robotics in producing consumer items is still on the rise. ‘‘Consumer production with robotics is a growing area,’‘ says Jarrell D. Sills, Sales Application Engineer at Remtec Corp., an integrator based in

Construction Robots and Constructing a Robotics Community

POSTED: 10/11/2007

Automobiles and consumer goods are among the many products we see every day that traditionally have been manufactured with the help of robotics. The use of robots in the construction and building industry is still not commonplace, but it is increasing slowly but surely. From welding steel I-beams for

The Complete Safety Story and Other “How To”s

POSTED: 09/20/2007

The National Robot Safety Conference, our nineteenth annual gathering taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, is only a week away.  I am looking forward to getting it started on Monday morning, October 1st.  This will be a great way to start a week

News About Changes in Robot Standards

POSTED: 09/07/2007

New Standard Addresses Wireless Pendants; Safety Rated Axix Limiting; Multiple Arms and more. As we look forward to our next National Robot Safety Conference (XIX) we can share highlights of what is new, and therefore provide information to help you decide whether to

Robo Removal: Parts Finishing is Big Business for Robots

POSTED: 08/17/2007

In fabricating just about any item, from children’s toys to aerospace turbine blades, inevitably a need will arise for some type of parts finishing. Whether it is degating a tiny injected plastic part or precisely grinding a large and heavy component for an aircraft, industrial robots are becoming, for many,

All Together Now: Networked Robotics

POSTED: 08/08/2007

Robot networking, where multiple robots operate together in coordination with controllers, computers, and humans while working toward a common production goal, is a means to ensure efficiency and safety within a work cell. Ethernet connections usually link networked robots together. While networking robots have its benefits, care must be

Hybrid Sensors in Robotics

POSTED: 07/19/2007

Robotic hybrid sensors, those sensors that have multiple types of detection systems, are not part of the mainstream in flexible automation. However, the use of hybrids, while small, is on the rise. More and more end-users of robotics believe hybrid sensors have a role in manufacturing. Hybrid sensors are


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