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Industry : Furniture

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

Robotic TIG Welding – Does It Make Sense for Your Company?

by Geoff Lipnevicius, Manager - Product Development

POSTED: 09/08/2009

You’ve probably heard the allegory of the tortoise and the hare. The turtle was slow and steady, where as the

Intelligent Robotic Arc Sensing – A Comparison of Available Technologies

by Erin O’Shea, Lincoln Electric Automation Project Manager - Electrical Engineer

POSTED: 03/10/2009

The use of robotics in arc welding applications serves the purposes of decreasing cycle time and improving the quality and repeatability of welds. This is only possible when the weld joints themselves are consistent and repeatable. Unfortunately, due to inadequate tooling and part preparation, weld joints often deviate

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

Forging New Relationships for the Robotics Industry

by Jeff Burnstein, Executive Vice President

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

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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

Robotics Online Clicking Strong for Members and Customers

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR

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!

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

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

Robotics Industry Strives to Diversify in 2007

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor (with contributions from RIA staff)

POSTED: 01/03/2007

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

Robots Take Furniture Industry into Their Own Hands

by Winn Hardin

POSTED: 11/24/2004

The automotive industry generally led the economic rebound for the robotics industry in 2003 and 2004. Today, industry insiders like Craig Jennings, Past-President of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and President of Motoman Inc., West Carrollton,

Have a Seat: Getting Comfortable with Furniture Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/20/2003

The use of robotics technology in the furniture industry is relatively small when compared to other industries, yet the opportunities are numerous and compelling. The chores for robots in the furniture sector range from material handling to welding to finishing. While robotic automation is


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