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Linear Robot Rails in High Cycle Applications

by Roberta Zald, Mary Sweeny, IPR Robotics Communications

POSTED: 02/15/2013

When FANUC Robotics Systems Integrator, Advatec, was looking for linear rail option that would endure in their customer’s application while

Automation in the Cloud

by Rush LaSelle, VP & General Manager, Adept Technology

POSTED: 01/07/2012

Manufacturers and processors of anything from snack foods to automobiles are being driven to

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

“S” Shaped Recovery for the Economy?

by Brian Huse, Director, Markeing & PR

POSTED: 01/22/2010

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

Don’t be Marginalized: Learn How Peripherals can Maximize your Robotic Welding Performance

by Thomas Jaeger, Engineering Manager, R&D and New Product Development

POSTED: 08/24/2009

Robotic welding systems introduce speed, accuracy and repeatability into the fabrication process. The repeatability of these systems can increase productivity and reduce welding production costs, thereby maximizing the return on the investment in automation. When compared to semi-automatic welding operations, a robot has the ability to perform the same or

Robotic Application Research: Past, Present, & Future

by Brette Christe, JR Automation Technologies, LLC

POSTED: 07/16/2009

In 1961, the first manufacturing robot, the Unimate, hit the assembly line for GM. This welding robot, which received its commands

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

Food For Thought: Robotics in the Food Industry

by by Bennett Brumson , Contributing Editor

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

Reducing Carbon Footprint with the Right Vacuum System

by Josef Karbassi, , Business Unit Manager, Automotive

POSTED: 05/05/2008

Introduction Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered to be the largest environmental threat to our world by most researchers. Heightened levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere lead to global warming, which in the long run can jeopardize our future on

Briggs & Stratton Introduces Automated Welding with ABB Robotic Docking System

POSTED: 04/18/2008

In 1996, the Specialty Products Division of Briggs & Stratton, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, expanded its services after 15 years

The European Robotics Market and How the Germans Lead

by Gordon Feller, Contributing Editor

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

by Rich Litt, President, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 02/18/2008

The Year Ahead in Robot Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association

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

Continuing 100 Years of Innovation: Automation Shines at Grote Industries……A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 01/21/2008

Driving along any highway, chances are that many of the vehicle lighting systems you see on semi-trucks, RVs, buses, and other vehicles are manufactured by Grote Industries (Madison, IN), a privately owned 100-year-old company with a history of innovation.  High demand by major automotive OEMs and aftermarket suppliers for


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