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Industry : Rubber & Plastics

Automation Proves the Intrepid Solution to Higher Demand - A Robot Case Study

by Clare Goldsberry, Senior Editor/U.S., Copyright Modern Plastics Worldwide, April 2010, reprinted with permission

POSTED: 10/06/2010

Overseas sales increase, and you need more workers or more automation. For this small processor, automation proved the right choice,

Improving Product Quality with Flexible Automation and Software

by Rush LaSelle, Director of World Wide Sales and Marketing

POSTED: 08/31/2010

With recalls taking center stage in today’s media, manufacturers must closely evaluate the cost of poor quality to their business.

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

Top Ten Reasons to Buy an Industrial Robot Today

by Ted Wodoslawsky, VP Marketing, ABB Robotics North America

POSTED: 05/18/2009

The economy may be off to a slow start in 2009, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for

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

Plastic Welding Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/20/2006

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

Is it Time for Plastics Manufacturers to Invest in 6-axis Robots?

by Bob Turner, Quadcom Ltd.

POSTED: 02/02/2002

The versatility of multi-axis robots and the many processes in the plastics sector that are within their capabilities for a wide range of common tasks in the plastics sector, from high speed demolding right through to inspection and assembly. The economic benefits of automation by using industrial


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