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Industry : Consumer Goods/Appliances

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

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

Smooth and Steady: Prospects for the Robotics Industry in 2008

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/04/2008

Despite the possibility of a slowdown in the economy, the outlook of those in the robotics industry in 2008 is generally optimistic. ‘‘I think 2008 will be a strong year for the robotics industry,’‘ says Richard O. Litt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Systems Group, Davenport,

Robots in Consumer Goods

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/24/2007

While industrial robotics have been the mainstay of the automotive industry for many years, the use of robotics in producing consumer items is still on the rise. ‘‘Consumer production with robotics is a growing area,’‘ says Jarrell D. Sills, Sales Application Engineer at Remtec Corp., an integrator based in

Robo Removal: Parts Finishing is Big Business for Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/17/2007

In fabricating just about any item, from children’s toys to aerospace turbine blades, inevitably a need will arise for some type of parts finishing. Whether it is degating a tiny injected plastic part or precisely grinding a large and heavy component for an aircraft, industrial robots are becoming, for many,

Hybrid Sensors in Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/19/2007

Robotic hybrid sensors, those sensors that have multiple types of detection systems, are not part of the mainstream in flexible automation. However, the use of hybrids, while small, is on the rise. More and more end-users of robotics believe hybrid sensors have a role in manufacturing. Hybrid sensors are

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

Flexible Automated End-of-Line Solutions for Packaging and Palletizing: Systems Integration is Key to Success

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 02/16/2006

Most consumer goods manufacturers need the ability to create variety packs or mixed loads of product on demand to meet specific customer requirements, pack product into trays or cases, palletize the trays and cases, and add stretch wrap or band the load – while always knowing what is inside each

At the ‘‘Fore-Front’‘ of Automation: Acushnet Uses Robot to Handle Golf Balls

by Mary Kay Morel

POSTED: 02/05/2005

Robots and Titleist golf balls might seem an unusual pairing.  However, Acushnet Company (Fairhaven, Massachusetts) -- the leading producer of Titleist® and Pinnacle® golf balls,  Titleist® and Cobra® golf clubs, FootJoy® shoes and gloves, and other golf-related equipment and accessories -- is at the ‘‘fore-front’‘ of golf-ball manufacturing technology,

Automated Cell Phone Housing Assembly Line Combines Robotics & Vision Guidance

POSTED: 12/01/2003

Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine   Spectra Technologies Inc. of Euless, Texas, recently designed an automated cell phone housing assembly line for Triple S Plastics Inc. The assembly line consists of 12 stations that combine to automatically load, assemble, process and unload parts. Ten of the stations use

Manufacturing Athletic Shoes in the USA

by remarks by Herb Spivak, Executive Vice President of Operations, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

POSTED: 11/12/2003

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., provides insight into the use of robotics technology in the production of footwear. Following is an excerpt from their presentation at the 2004 Robotics Industry Forum: We (New Balance) stitch our uppers on computer controlled vision stitching machines where a camera controls the sewing head of

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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