Robotic Industries Association
- MI, United States
- Tel: (734) 994-6088
- Fax: (734) 994-3338
- Member Since 1900
- Robotic Internal
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.
For end-users of robotics, choosing who will integrate their work cell is one of the most important decisions they will make, other than the initial decision to invest in flexible automation. Picking an experienced and knowledgeable integrator makes the difference between deploying a viable robotic system and an investment that
Automotive Manufacturer Embraces Energy Savings and Improved Performance Dan Anfinson, senior manufacturing project engineer at General Motors, recognizes that competition is the driving force in today’s automotive industry. ‘‘Competitiveness has never been greater. In terms of manufacturing, this has driven two points of the four-point GM Turnaround Plan – to
Deploying robotics in many industries is so routine, that it is taken as a given. The presence of robotics in other industries, such as in the food market, is relatively low. The potential for robotics in the food and beverage industry is immense, for both ‘‘traditional’‘ applications such as
Visual servoing sparks as much debate among technologists as it does among end users, as was illustrated at a recent panel discussion on the topic at AIA's recent Vision & Robots for Automotive Manufacturing Workshop. Visual servoing is hard to do, so why would we like to do
Contemplating this article, I was searching for a “catchy” theme to write about that tied in well with our upcoming North American Robot Safety Conference in Toronto, March 26 – 28, 2007. Then a flurry of e-mails across my desk this week highlighted a
Among the many justifications for using robotics, the most important is to shield people from working in dangerous environments and from handling hazardous materials. From dealing with chemicals that are explosive to handling radioactive substances, robots are routinely used to perform tasks that would kill or maim people. Robots are
Despite a slowdown in the automotive sector, the robotics industry as a whole is still relatively healthy. That is the consensus of executives in the robotics industry. 'My feeling is that 2007 will be an okay year for the robotics industry. I do not see 2007 competing
Space exploration and research usually calls to mind images of weightlessness and advanced technologies. But a great deal of engineering takes place right here on Earth, on the ground. Due to the high cost of failure in space and the inherent danger involved, NASA performs exhaustive tests and simulations of
It’s always a swarm. When you’re examining the robot market, at some point someone will reference a swarm. And artificial intelligence. And drone. Android. Robots capture the imagination in ways shared by no other factory equipment.
Take a look around and you will no doubt see plastic parts everywhere. Given the wide variety of plastic materials and processes used to produce these parts and weld them together, it should come as no surprise that manufacturers are increasingly incorporating highly flexible robots into their operations. To
An ongoing trend in the life sciences sector is adoption of robots for research and development, and when I think about why robots matter, it’s just obvious to me they are critical to the drug discovery process. That’s a reflection of
Nanotechnology, the manipulation and assembly of tiny devices often not much larger than a group of molecules, is a perfect application for industrial robotics. Due to the fact the objects being handled are so small, a few billionths of a meter, it is impossible for a human to see or
In this age of soaring energy costs, trade imbalances and vigorous struggles for market share, robots are one of the few options a country like the USA has to stay competitive with emerging industrial nations. I am happy to say friends in
The National Robot Safety Conference is scheduled for early October, so Robotics Online took this opportunity to sit down with Jeff Fryman, Director of Standards Development for the Robotic Industries Association to talk about recent safety developments. The following is a recap of
With the miniaturization of electronic components comes challenges for people to assemble their tiny constituent parts. Humans have difficulty seeing and manipulating the impossibly small elements that make up electronic devices, so they are a good candidate for robotics. However infiltration of dust that is shed by robots and other
With the price of fossil fuels at historic highs, reducing the cost of the energy component of production is on the mind of manufacturers all over the globe. There are several strategies to meet this challenge. One proven method is to deploy robotics. ‘‘Robots with servo motors are already very efficient
Many sealing and dispensing applications use robots due to the precision required and the potentially hazardous materials often used. From depositing sealant into car bodies to applying precise amounts of adhesives onto tiny electronics, sealing and dispensing robots provide
When manufacturing metal or plastic products, a material removal procedure such as grinding and deburring is inevitably part of the process. It is rare that there is not a need to remove a sharp burr along an edge, grind off excess welding material, or remove a gate on a casting.
Simulation, the process of imitating the real dynamics of a robot with a set of mathematical formulas, is becoming increasingly more important in work cells. While simulation is used in just about all robotic applications, its use in designing painting cells is particularly useful. ‘‘Simulation
As a new year begins I can look back on what robot and industrial safety activities took place in 2005. Our October National Robot Safety Conference was very successful. I want to thank all the participants, and especially the speakers who share their time and expertise with us. On the