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Robotic Industries Association

  • MI, United States
  • Tel: (734) 994-6088
  • Fax: (734) 994-3338
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  • Member Since 1900
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Robotic Industries Association publishes Robotics Online which provides information to help engineers, managers and executives apply and justify robotics and flexible automation. The site includes a proprietary search engine algorithm that makes it easy to find and compare leading companies, products and services. Robotics Online is dedicated to news, articles and information specifically for the robotics industry.

RIA members contribute content, serve as experts for “Ask the Experts" and guide the Association with input from committees and volunteers that help write robot standards and technical reports. Publications, including safety standards and risk assessment software, are available from the online bookstore.

Founded in 1974, RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups, and consulting firms.

Industry Insights

Robotic Whole Body Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Clinical Advantages of the CyberKnife® Integrated System

POSTED: 03/01/2005

È Coste-Manière Accuray Europe, Paris, France D Olender, W Kilby and R A Schulz Accuray Inc., Sunnyvale, California, USA Correspondence to: R Schulz RIA EDITOR’S NOTE:  Medical applications of commercial robotics have gained widespread acceptance.  This paper examines the use of robots in radiosurgery. The definition of an

Robots: Flexible Automation for a Strong Economy

POSTED: 02/11/2005

Just how should American manufacturing react to the cheap foreign labor available overseas? Many people have answered this question by proposing tariffs and organizing boycotts, but others are taking a much more productive and proactive approach. More companies in a growing number of industries are recognizing that wealthy societies such

Control of Robo Motion

POSTED: 01/17/2005

Without motion control, robotic work cells would not be able to perform their assigned tasks when and where they are needed. As robots have gotten more flexible, it has been necessary for controllers to keep up with them. However, not only have controllers kept up

Robotic Industry Looks for Continued Strong Growth in 2005

POSTED: 01/05/2005

Robots in the next few years will become more adaptable, more flexible and more accepted than ever. Last year, the industry recorded its fastest start since the record-setting year of 1999, and most industry insiders expect a continuation of this rebound. They also believe

Robots Take Furniture Industry into Their Own Hands

POSTED: 11/24/2004

The automotive industry generally led the economic rebound for the robotics industry in 2003 and 2004. Today, industry insiders like Craig Jennings, Past-President of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and President of Motoman Inc., West Carrollton,

Machine-Vision Inspection

POSTED: 11/14/2004

Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine IBM Corp. recently installed a new quality assurance system, using machine-vision hardware and software that not only detects and removes nonconforming parts, but also provided a return on investment just over a month after

Reflections on Safety

POSTED: 11/01/2004

The National Robot Safety Conference has just concluded on a very successful note.  Attendance was strong (nearly 160, the most since 2001) as was the line-up of speakers.  It was a great four days devoted to safety.  I am now flying across the Pacific to Japan for our next series

From Televisions to Tanks: Electronics Production with Robotics

POSTED: 11/01/2004

Robotics and manufacturing electronics are a perfect fit for one another. In both military and consumer electronics, production would be next to impossible without robotics for many reasons, ranging from quality and quantity to ergonomics and economics. ‘‘Electronics is a wide industry. Adept Technology, Inc. sells robots to build disk drives,

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team

POSTED: 10/05/2004

Reprinted by Permission from Robotics World Magazine While robotic assembly applications have increased in both number and complexity over the years, a large number of applications have been passed over due to technology. When smart camera machine vision teams with industrial robots,

The Eyes Have It: Robotic Vision and Guidance

POSTED: 10/04/2004

As vision and guidance systems get less expensive and more user-friendly, they will be increasingly integrated into robotic work cells as the range of applications for vision continues to grow. This is particularly true in the food-processing industry. The Eyes Have It: Robotic Vision and Guidance

Expanding Application Base Pushes New Gripper Designs

POSTED: 09/17/2004

Robotic gripper, actuator and end of arm tool (EOT) suppliers have created vacuum and mechanical grippers for thousands of manufacturing applications. The EOT industry has developed different metals to meet a variety of application scenarios and environments, anodizing techniques to guard exposed gripper surfaces from

Service Robots: No More Waiting, They're Here Today

POSTED: 09/01/2004

Long stigmatized by hype and overactive imaginations in the mainstream media and consumers, the service robot industry has seemed like the industry that was always just around the corner. That's all changing, especially in the wake of the terrorist events of September 11,

Lean, Mean Robotic Machines: Robotics in Lean Manufacturing

POSTED: 08/13/2004

Lean manufacturing, a system of production, is ripe for robotics. This system emphasizes the efficient use of resources that shortens lead times and decreases costs by eliminating all non-value waste. Robotics are particularly suited for lean manufacturing since a successfully integrated manufacturing work cell has many of its concepts designed

Robot Safety and You: Examples of Real-Life Accidents We Can Learn From

POSTED: 08/02/2004

The Robotic Industries Association remains very involved in promoting robot safety, and for that matter, industrial safety in general.  Industrial safety in North America has seen continual improvement in recent years, but even one accident is one accident too many. I am frequently asked about robot accidents.  Robot accidents specifically are

Rise of the Machines

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

Taking the Heat: Robotics in Foundries

POSTED: 04/30/2004

Foundry operations encompass the three dreaded D’s in industrial labor: Dull, Dirty and Dangerous. Work at such companies is less than desirable for people, but perfect for robotics, which are ideally suited to take on

Biotech Material Handling Robotics

POSTED: 04/04/2004

Biotechnology material handling applications are among some of the fastest growing areas of robotics. Drug discovery and vaccines research have moved material handling robotics from the factory floor to academic laboratories and to research and development departments of biotechnology firms. Biotech vs. Non-Biotech Biotech is not just another industrial material handling

The Culture of Safety

POSTED: 03/15/2004

This past year I attended a conference where one of the speakers was asking the question ‘‘Do you have a Safety Culture?’‘  It was an interesting question that got me contemplating the significance of simply a safe work place versus a true environment or culture of safety. I thought about it

Simulators Focus on Simplicity, Safety

POSTED: 03/02/2004

This year the members of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) will spend time looking back on the association’s first 30 years. Discussions will be nostalgic, as the industry remembers the UNIMATE, the first industrial robot installed in a New Jersey automobile plant;

Cooking Up Success: Space and Labor Limitations at Frozen-Foods Manufacturer Overcome By Robotic Palletizing System

POSTED: 01/19/2004

Rich Products, a frozen food company, needed three, and eventually four, automated case palletizing lines for the three-shift operation in its Winchester, Va., plant. The area’s labor pool was small, with many manufacturers competing for it. However, there was no floor space available for automating the three packaging lines, and

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