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by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor
One of the most transformative periods in the robotics industry is upon us.
by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor
Due to the dangers involved in manual grinding, de-burring and finishing, robots are increasingly called on to do these operations.
by Ken Miller, Product Manager
Still reluctant to automate your press brakes? Time to rethink this while you still can, because the latest robotic automation
by Rush LaSelle, Director of World Wide Sales and Marketing
With recalls taking center stage in today’s media, manufacturers must closely evaluate the cost of poor quality to their business.
by Brette Christe, Technical Writer
Product variations, changes, and introductions are commonplace in manufacturing today. In response, many companies are choosing to use robots for
by Brian Huse, Director, Markeing & PR
At RIA’s Robotics Industry Forum, Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics offers a new type of prediction for the economy.
by Brette Christe, JR Automation Technologies, LLC
In 1961, the first manufacturing robot, the Unimate, hit the assembly line for GM. This welding robot, which received its commands
by (staff interview with) Keith Wanner, President, RobotWorx
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,
by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, Robotic Industries Association
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
by Randy Schuetz, Tech. Leader, Painting & Dispensing, and Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor, Motoman
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
by Brette Christe, Technical Writer
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
by Jeff Burnstein, Executive Vice President
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
by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR
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
by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations
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
by Chris Anderson, Technology Leader – Welding
Robotic transporters are key when you want to automate welding of extremely large, heavy parts. The maximum work envelope radius of an extended-reach robot is about 3-meters (9.84’). If the parts you are welding require more reach than that, you need to find ways to move the robot to the