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Robotic Resources

Industry Insights

Application: Material Handling

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

Mixing it up: Trends in Packaging and Palletizing Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/23/2008

The accelerating adoption of robotics has been among the most important trends in packaging and palletizing in recent years. With the speeds and flexibility that robotics offer, this trend will continue. “Packaging and palletizing robotic applications are a growing industry. Just about everyone palletizes or packages their product,” says Kawasaki’s Bob

Robotic Transporters for Large Weldments

by Chris Anderson, Technology Leader – Welding

POSTED: 05/19/2008

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

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

Press and Machine Tending Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/18/2008

Manual press and machine tending applications are among the least desired jobs in industrial labor due to the danger, repetition and nasty environment. When manufacturers manage to find people willing to perform these jobs, retaining them is another major challenge. Robotics have proven to be an ideal means for

Continuing 100 Years of Innovation: Automation Shines at Grote Industries……A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 01/21/2008

Driving along any highway, chances are that many of the vehicle lighting systems you see on semi-trucks, RVs, buses, and other vehicles are manufactured by Grote Industries (Madison, IN), a privately owned 100-year-old company with a history of innovation.  High demand by major automotive OEMs and aftermarket suppliers for

Robots Rally CNC Operations Against Offshore Competition

by Jack Browne, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/17/2007

Robots have traditionally served CNC applications and systems by loading and unloading tools and work materials. While this is still an important part of the robotic CNC relationship, robotic systems are increasingly substituting for larger and costlier fixed-bed CNC platforms for certain applications.  Robots have aided larger computer-numerically

Robots Sort Blood Specimens: Help American Red Cross Improve Productivity and Traceability . . . A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 12/03/2007

  In addition to being an international humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross is the biggest single blood collecting agency in the United States.  Operating as a non-profit organization, the Red Cross supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals daily.  They now use advanced robotic automation linked directly

Is the Wood Industry Ready for Robotics?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/14/2007

 When thinking of the role of robotics in manufacturing, working with wood-based products is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, as robots become less expensive and more powerful, end-users, system integrators and robot manufacturers are taking a closer look at deploying robots in the wood

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

Construction Robots and Constructing a Robotics Community

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/11/2007

Automobiles and consumer goods are among the many products we see every day that traditionally have been manufactured with the help of robotics. The use of robots in the construction and building industry is still not commonplace, but it is increasing slowly but surely. From welding steel I-beams for

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


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