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Robotics Industry Insights

Industry : Consumer Goods/Appliances

2016 – The Year of Robot Democratization?

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/26/2016

Bold predictions for Collaboration, Connectivity and Convergence rang in 2015. One industry insider even called them prescient.

Design Your Product for Producability, Design for Automation

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/16/2015

Forget naughty or nice. Consumers want what they want, when they want it. Manufacturers have to deliver...

Robots, the Plastics Molder’s Best Friend

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/23/2015

Plastics molders’ best friends come in all shapes and sizes. One thing they have in common – they’re all robots.

Intelligent Robots: A Feast for the Senses

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/25/2015

Dumb robots – it’s a phrase we’ve heard too often. Well, no more!

Closing the Skills Gap in Automation: A Call for Action

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/30/2015

A panel of automation professionals has weighed in, sharing ways to bridge the skills gap, and recruit talent.

Calculating Your ROI for Robotic Automation: Cost vs. Cash Flow

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/19/2015

Your customers want it faster, better, cheaper. Your competitors are closing in. And the stakes are getting higher.

One and Only Automation Showcase for Robotics, Vision and Motion Control

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/26/2015

Automation is becoming a contact sport. No longer are the machines over there and the humans here.

The Realm of Collaborative Robots – Empowering Us in Many Forms

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/17/2014

No area of industrial robotics has attracted more fanfare than human-robot collaboration.

Automatic Water Jet Process is a Smart Business Decision

by Bob Rochelle, Foot and Packaging Industry Specialist

POSTED: 10/04/2012

For the past fifty years, manufacturers have experienced increasing pressure to produce more while simultaneously meeting challenges to reduce operating costs, improve operational efficiencies, increase part quality, reduce waste and reduce labor content.  These challenges are being met by adopting Lean Manufacturing practices and at the heart of Lean Manufacturing

Portal to Success: Update Multiple Robot Programs in a Minute or Less

by Brette Christe, Technical Writer

POSTED: 03/03/2010

Product variations, changes, and introductions are commonplace in manufacturing today. In response, many companies are choosing to use robots for

Food Lovers Can Thank Robots

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 11/23/2009

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

Positive Action: One Robot Integrator's Unique Response to the Economy

by (staff interview with) Keith Wanner, President, RobotWorx

POSTED: 03/04/2009

RIA: How is the economy affecting the used robot market? KW: This is a good time to be in the used robot market. There are a lot of robots available from companies that are downsizing - newer models with fewer hours. At the same time,

What to do in a Recession

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, Robotic Industries Association

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

High-Density Robotic Painting: Latest Trend Lowers Costs

by Randy Schuetz, Tech. Leader, Painting & Dispensing, and Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor, Motoman

POSTED: 11/14/2008

One of the primary reasons paint spray booths are expensive to operate is the high energy cost of providing temperature-controlled supply air to replenish exhaust air.  As companies look for ways to maximize floorspace utilization to help them cut costs and remain competitive in the global marketplace, spray paint booths

SOLUTIONS FOR LEAN MANUFACTURING: INTEGRATING ROBOTIC AUTOMATION WITH BUSINESS SYSTEMS

by Brette Christe, Technical Writer

POSTED: 11/14/2008

If lean manufacturing is a goal, it may be a good idea to investigate automation solutions that integrate with business systems. This method combines a business’s network and software with machinery and automation equipment. The benefit of this approach is manufacturing systems that are easier to control and


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