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Robotic Resources

Industry Insights

Peripherals: Safety

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

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

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

Examining Robot Safety Standards

by Roberta Nelson Shea, General Manager/COO Pilz Automation Safety L.P.

POSTED: 07/07/2008

ANSI R15.06-1999 is the accepted American National Standards Institute standard covering safety requirements for industrial robots and robot systems. Speaking of safety, it’s safe to say that many end users or systems integrators simply assume that any new robots or systems automatically

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 Complete Safety Story and Other “How To”s

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/20/2007

The National Robot Safety Conference, our nineteenth annual gathering taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, is only a week away.  I am looking forward to getting it started on Monday morning, October 1st.  This will be a great way to start a week

News About Changes in Robot Standards

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/07/2007

New Standard Addresses Wireless Pendants; Safety Rated Axix Limiting; Multiple Arms and more. As we look forward to our next National Robot Safety Conference (XIX) we can share highlights of what is new, and therefore provide information to help you decide whether to

GM Strengthens Competitive Grip with Decentralized Vacuum System

by A Case Study Featuring Dan Anfinson, Senior Manufacturing Project Engineer, General Motors Corporation

POSTED: 04/19/2007

Automotive Manufacturer Embraces Energy Savings and Improved Performance Dan Anfinson, senior manufacturing project engineer at General Motors, recognizes that competition is the driving force in today’s automotive industry. ‘‘Competitiveness has never been greater. In terms of manufacturing, this has driven two points of the four-point GM Turnaround Plan – to

Considering Safety Implications

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 02/15/2007

  Contemplating this article, I was searching for a “catchy” theme to write about that tied in well with our upcoming North American Robot Safety Conference in Toronto, March 26 – 28, 2007.  Then a flurry of e-mails across my desk this week highlighted a

Robot Palletizes Putter’s Pickles: A Robot Case Study. . . .by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor, Motoman Inc.

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 02/01/2007

  Aliment Putter’s Food, Inc. (Sainte-Sophie, QC), a well-known eastern Canadian producer of a wide variety of pickled vegetable products -- found themselves in a bit of a production pickle.  Their manual end-of-line palletizing operation was limiting their processing capacity, particularly during their peak season between July and mid-November,

Chemical and Hazardous Material Handling Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/18/2007

Among the many justifications for using robotics, the most important is to shield people from working in dangerous environments and from handling hazardous materials. From dealing with chemicals that are explosive to handling radioactive substances, robots are routinely used to perform tasks that would kill or maim people.  Robots are

Make Existing Cells Leaner and Safer

by Tina Hull, Remote Application Engineer

POSTED: 03/14/2006

With numerous multi-robot cells in use, a company wanted to increase existing robotic cell efficiency, making their systems more 'lean,' but with no compromise in safety. The company would only proceed if the new setup improved overall production uptime, was cost justifiable, and reduced the number of steps for troubleshooting.  The

Interface Options for Robotic Safety Control Systems

by James F. O’Laughlin, North American Product Marketing Manager for Safety Interface Technology, Safety Systems Division

POSTED: 03/04/2006

With the increasing acceptance of safety-rated network architectures and firmware-based control systems, users have the opportunity to leverage numerous benefits previously reserved for non-safety applications.  These systems are typically third-party certified to meet the requirements defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Ministry of Labour regulations as

Reflections on Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 02/01/2006

As a new year begins I can look back on what robot and industrial safety activities took place in 2005.  Our October National Robot Safety Conference was very successful.  I want to thank all the participants, and especially the speakers who share their time and expertise with us.  On the


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