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Robotic Resources

Industry Insights

Application: Coating

The Art of Industrial Painting with Robots

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/07/2013

Some may be seduced by their graceful, delicate movements. But don’t be fooled. Industrial paint robots are relentless perfectionists

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

Classic Metal Finishing: Robot Provides Increased Production and Flexibility

by Brent Lamarand, Engineer

POSTED: 12/07/2009

A Robot Case Study

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

Robotic Paint Automation for Smaller Industrial Operations

by Mark Freels, Paint Business Development Manager, Robotics Division

POSTED: 11/03/2008

Recent advancements have made paint and coating robots highly affordable and useable Painting robots and industrial robots in general have

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

Painting With the Sims

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/01/2006

Simulation, the process of imitating the real dynamics of a robot with a set of mathematical formulas, is becoming increasingly more important in work cells. While simulation is used in just about all robotic applications, its use in designing painting cells is particularly useful. ‘‘Simulation

Why a Bell-Bell Process May Be Right For You

by Martin Rola, Director, Products & Application Technical Engineering

POSTED: 07/18/2005

A significant trend over the past five years has been an increase in the use of rotary atomizers, or bells, for metallic painting applications.  This approach is commonly called a ‘‘bell-bell’‘ process to distinguish it from the previous standard process that utilized a spray

Rise of the Machines

by Matthew Little, Editor, Products Finishing Magazine

POSTED: 06/18/2004

Robotic technology is nothing new to the finishing industry.  For decades, painting robots have been used in automotive, aerospace and general industrial facilities.  At the same time, the hefty price tags associated with introducing one or more robots to a facility kept many small and mid-size job shops in a

Robots Save on Consumables, Raw Material Costs

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/03/2002

While labor cost reduction and quality improvements have always been drivers for robotic automation, the act of automating has enabled many manufacturers to save on the consumables used in the process, including power, components and raw materials. Although most industries that use robotic automation can point to some form of consumable

How Robots Will Affect Future Generations

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

POSTED: 12/13/2001

What does the future hold for robot applications? How will robots affect society in five years; 10 years; 20? These are typical questions received by Robotic Industries Association. Following is a look forward based on a correspondence I recently sent to a student to address in a small way a


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