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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

Coming Off Banner Year, Robot Industry Looks Forward to 2004

POSTED: 01/15/2004

Just two short years from one of the worst economic downturns in the robot industry's history, companies are using words like it’s 1999 … when the industry was at its peak. But after a painful industry contraction in recent times, companies from coast

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

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

Robots For Small Business: A Growing Trend

POSTED: 10/31/2003

Many people assume that the majority of robot customers are in larger, more traditional industries that deploy dozens of work cells in the course of production. While it is true that automotive, electronics, and consumer goods manufacturers are major users of robots, small businesses - enterprises with fewer than 100

Recent Developments in Robot Safety Standards

POSTED: 10/17/2003

This has been a particularly exciting year for developments in robot safety standards.  However, most of these developments have taken place outside the United States, so for many of us they have gone relatively unnoticed.  Since I have been an active participant in these developments, I would like to take

Safety First: A Review of Robotic Safeguarding Devices and Issues

POSTED: 10/03/2003

Industrial robots use is increasing, and so the need to understand robot safety issues affects an ever-growing cross-section of industries, applications and personnel. For more than twenty years, Robotic Industries Association has been developing robot safety standards and is now in the fifteenth year for its annual National Robot Safety

Robotic Welding of Precision Aluminum Parts in Telecommunications and Medical Devices

POSTED: 08/18/2003

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Faced with the need to adopt robotic arc-welding technology to increase capacity in the face of a local shortage of qualified welders, Clarence Rierson, founder of Quality Metal

Robot Vision – Technical Issues

POSTED: 08/03/2003

Much of the early work in the field of machine vision was driven by robot guidance applications. Back in the mid- to late-70s, the National Science Foundation sponsored research at the Stanford Research Institute under Charles Rosen that lead to the pioneering work in their global feature analysis algorithms. It

Grippers Grab the Future with Greater Functionality

POSTED: 07/14/2003

With customers demanding standardized solutions that set up easier, last longer and work faster, it’s no wonder that the robotics industry and its component ‘‘gripper and clamp manufacturers’‘ are in a sea of change. Growing more common every year, the ease of use

It’s Not Your Father’s Vacuum Pump Anymore

POSTED: 07/01/2003

Today’s smart pumps and decentralized vacuum systems are making vacuum systems more efficient and more dependable. It wasn’t always that way, however. Vacuum material handling systems had a sub par reputation twenty years ago. Like today’s systems, manufactures used vacuum generators or pumps

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

POSTED: 06/16/2003

The development of the GTAW process was accelerated early in 1940. Initially the process was called ‘‘Heliarc’‘, because Helium was used for the shielding gas. Later when argon was available the process was renamed tungsten inert gas or ‘‘TIG’‘. Now, it is generally and preferably called

Robotic Baggage Handling

POSTED: 06/13/2003

For the past several decades now, baggage handling systems at major airports have successfully deployed automated conveyor systems and intelligent sorter technologies. Nevertheless, the most difficult operation in the entire baggage handling process is still performed manually, and entails the physical laoding of baggage into ULDs and onto transport carts.

Marriage of Robotics and Machine Vision Illustrates Next-Generation Automation at IRVS and Conference

POSTED: 05/16/2003

From concept to design, to production and shipping, automation decisions are made, affecting quality in the process. Robots, machine vision and metrology automation ... any one of these choices can help elevate yield, savings and quality. This year’s International Robots & Vision Show (IRVS)

Flexible Metrology Systems Extend Their Reach to the Shop Floor

POSTED: 05/05/2003

Many manufacturers supporting the automotive, aerospace and defense industries, among many others, have a busy room somewhere in the back where quality control engineers, designers, machinists and shop foreman come to see if their products match the original specifications. Custom and tool and die

Flexible Fixturing on the Rise

POSTED: 04/17/2003

The expected life cycle for an industrial robot can easily exceed ten years with proper maintenance. Part of that extended life cycle is due to the robust design of the robot and the ability to reprogram and retool robots for different tasks. Of course, simplifying tooling and speeding the reuse process is

Stack ‘em and Stamp ‘em: Press Transfer and Destacking Robotics

POSTED: 04/03/2003

Press transfer and destacking robots, a type of material handling application, fulfill important functions in many manufacturing facilities including such diverse industries as electronics, automotive, and medical devices. Although the process that these workcells undertake is relatively simple, they present some challenges. 'In operation, press

Have a Seat: Getting Comfortable with Furniture Robotics

POSTED: 03/20/2003

The use of robotics technology in the furniture industry is relatively small when compared to other industries, yet the opportunities are numerous and compelling. The chores for robots in the furniture sector range from material handling to welding to finishing. While robotic automation is

Robot Market: Heal Thyself -- With the Help of Medical Devices

POSTED: 02/18/2003

The areas of medical device manufacturing, biomedicine and drug discovery have shown little reaction to today’s economic hardships, prompting many robot vendors and integrators to aggressively pursue manufacturing, material handling and R&D applications in these booming industries. ‘‘The medical industry hasn’t been highly automated

Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul Helps Robot Suppliers and Customers

POSTED: 02/04/2003

What do you do with a good machine when it gets a few years old, or ten or even twenty? How many pieces of capital equipment even stay in production that long before the process or product changes so much as to render

2003 Robotics Industry Outlook: Robot Companies Have Hopes for Recovery

POSTED: 01/03/2003

Many executives in the robot manufacturing business are hopeful that the slow pace of sales will be a thing of the past in 2003. While industry insiders believe that the coming year will bring an increase in sales, most are expecting modest improvements now with a return to better days

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