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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

Robo Removal: Parts Finishing is Big Business for Robots

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,

All Together Now: Networked Robotics

POSTED: 08/08/2007

Robot networking, where multiple robots operate together in coordination with controllers, computers, and humans while working toward a common production goal, is a means to ensure efficiency and safety within a work cell. Ethernet connections usually link networked robots together. While networking robots have its benefits, care must be

Hybrid Sensors in Robotics

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 in Composite Applications

POSTED: 07/05/2007

  Composites and robotics are practically made for each other. Because composites have such a wide variation among them from part to part, flexible industrial robotics is well matched for applying composites in the aerospace sector and for general industry. Using robotics for applying composites is an idea whose

Gentlemen, Start Your Robots...

POSTED: 06/01/2007

Have you seen the new NASCAR race car?  Since hearing about the 'Car of Tomorrow,' I couldn’t wait to see how different this new car looks, and I am anxious to size up the competitiveness of 43 drivers in the next generation of

It’s Show Time: A 2007 International Robots & Vision Show Preview

POSTED: 06/01/2007

The International Robots and Vision Show (IRVS) is coming to Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois, on June 12-14. As the premier robotics trade show, it is the place for those in the robotics market to see and be seen by end-users, manufacturers and the general public.  ‘‘This is a technology show that the

Lights, Cameras, Robots, Action: Advances in Robotic Vision

POSTED: 05/21/2007

Next month’s International Robots & Vision Show and Conference is the perfect venue to explore the advances and changes in robotics, vision, and motion control…the keys to global success. With some 170 exhibitors demonstrating real-world products, plus continuously running new technology and product presentations, and an Emerging Robotics Pavilion, this

Networking Matters at RIA – Join Today

POSTED: 05/18/2007

Meet RIA To ensure the entire industry stays connected RIA has corporate membership that is open to more than just suppliers, an arrangement not often found in a trade group. Founded in 1974, RIA is the only North American trade group dedicated solely to robotics automation. Today, membership keeps growing

A Successful Partner: Choosing an Integrator

POSTED: 05/03/2007

For end-users of robotics, choosing who will integrate their work cell is one of the most important decisions they will make, other than the initial decision to invest in flexible automation. Picking an experienced and knowledgeable integrator makes the difference between deploying a viable robotic system and an investment that

GM Strengthens Competitive Grip with Decentralized Vacuum System

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

Food Robotics

POSTED: 03/19/2007

  Deploying robotics in many industries is so routine, that it is taken as a given. The presence of robotics in other industries, such as in the food market, is relatively low. The potential for robotics in the food and beverage industry is immense, for both ‘‘traditional’‘ applications such as

Debate Continues on Fieldability of Visual Servoing. . . .by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor, Courtesy AIA's Machine Vision Online

POSTED: 03/02/2007

Visual servoing sparks as much debate among technologists as it does among end users, as was illustrated at a recent panel discussion on the topic at AIA's recent Vision & Robots for Automotive Manufacturing Workshop. Visual servoing is hard to do, so why would we like to do

Considering Safety Implications

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

Chemical and Hazardous Material Handling Robotics

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

Robotics Industry Strives to Diversify in 2007

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

NASA Perfects Orbital Docking Here On Earth With Help Of Robotics

POSTED: 11/30/2006

Space exploration and research usually calls to mind images of weightlessness and advanced technologies. But a great deal of engineering takes place right here on Earth, on the ground. Due to the high cost of failure in space and the inherent danger involved, NASA performs exhaustive tests and simulations of

The Perfect Swarm: Robots Past, Present and Future

POSTED: 11/30/2006

It’s always a swarm. When you’re examining the robot market, at some point someone will reference a swarm. And artificial intelligence. And drone. Android. Robots capture the imagination in ways shared by no other factory equipment.

Plastic Welding Robotics

POSTED: 11/20/2006

Take a look around and you will no doubt see plastic parts everywhere.  Given the wide variety of plastic materials and processes used to produce these parts and weld them together, it should come as no surprise that manufacturers are increasingly incorporating highly flexible robots into their operations.   To

Trends and Motivations for Robot Purchases

POSTED: 11/06/2006

An ongoing trend in the life sciences sector is adoption of robots for research and development, and when I think about why robots matter, it’s just obvious to me they are critical to the drug discovery process. That’s a reflection of

Nanotechnology Robotics

POSTED: 10/24/2006

Nanotechnology, the manipulation and assembly of tiny devices often not much larger than a group of molecules, is a perfect application for industrial robotics. Due to the fact the objects being handled are so small, a few billionths of a meter, it is impossible for a human to see or

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