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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

Why Robots Matter

POSTED: 10/10/2006

In this age of soaring energy costs, trade imbalances and vigorous struggles for market share, robots are one of the few options a country like the USA has to stay competitive with emerging industrial nations. I am happy to say friends in

Robot Safety Changes Ahead

POSTED: 09/06/2006

The National Robot Safety Conference is scheduled for early October, so Robotics Online took this opportunity to sit down with Jeff Fryman, Director of Standards Development for the Robotic Industries Association to talk about recent safety developments.  The following is a recap of

Clean Machines: Clean Room Robotics

POSTED: 08/17/2006

With the miniaturization of electronic components comes challenges for people to assemble their tiny constituent parts. Humans have difficulty seeing and manipulating the impossibly small elements that make up electronic devices, so they are a good candidate for robotics. However infiltration of dust that is shed by robots and other

Robotics and Energy Cost Reduction

POSTED: 08/02/2006

With the price of fossil fuels at historic highs, reducing the cost of the energy component of production is on the mind of manufacturers all over the globe. There are several strategies to meet this challenge. One proven method is to deploy robotics. ‘‘Robots with servo motors are already very efficient

Indispensable Dispensing: Sealing and Dispensing Robotics

POSTED: 07/10/2006

Many sealing and dispensing applications use robots due to the precision required and the potentially hazardous materials often used. From depositing sealant into car bodies to applying precise amounts of adhesives onto tiny electronics, sealing and dispensing robots provide

Robots Minus Burrs Equals A Good Finish: Robotic Material Removal

POSTED: 04/04/2006

When manufacturing metal or plastic products, a material removal procedure such as grinding and deburring is inevitably part of the process. It is rare that there is not a need to remove a sharp burr along an edge, grind off excess welding material, or remove a gate on a casting.

Painting With the Sims

POSTED: 03/01/2006

Simulation, the process of imitating the real dynamics of a robot with a set of mathematical formulas, is becoming increasingly more important in work cells. While simulation is used in just about all robotic applications, its use in designing painting cells is particularly useful. ‘‘Simulation

Reflections on Safety

POSTED: 02/01/2006

As a new year begins I can look back on what robot and industrial safety activities took place in 2005.  Our October National Robot Safety Conference was very successful.  I want to thank all the participants, and especially the speakers who share their time and expertise with us.  On the

Robotics Industry Poised for Continued Growth in 2006

POSTED: 01/05/2006

It is clear that 2005 will be a red letter date in the history of industrial robotics, even supplanting the unbelievable volume of 1999 as the Best Year Ever. With 2005 growing at a rate of 30 percent, what is in store for the robotics industry in 2006? The consensus

Melded Together: Welding Robotics

POSTED: 12/02/2005

Arc and spot welding are some of the oldest and most established applications in robotics. Despite this, they continue to be an important part of the mix of automation for many manufacturers and have a future in robotics due to developing technology. ‘‘Welding is growing

A Moment of Reflection: A Glimpse Ahead and Thanks

POSTED: 11/11/2005

During the last two years in North America, we have witnessed tremendous growth and continued opportunities in the robotics industry. As an industry, last year we surpassed the $1 billion mark for orders and it appears that 2005 is well on its way

Customized Distribution Robotics

POSTED: 11/01/2005

Robotic-based distribution systems are among the fasted growing applications in flexible automation. This is due to manufacturers responding to the demands of their customers, who require that product comes into their facilities palletized in a structure that best suits them. The configuration of each manufacturer’s pallet is customized to meet

ANSI/RIA Remains Widely Accepted Standard for Safety

POSTED: 10/17/2005

With fall upon us, the calendar schedule of safety-related activities has increased, signaling that it is time to get back to the business of safety.  Surveying the progress of activities to date, 2005 can be marked as a very productive year. The American National Standard for robot safety, ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999, continues

Hometown Manufacturing: Robots Work for Companies of All Sizes

POSTED: 10/17/2005

Remember the days when robot sales were driven primarily by large volume orders and by companies in the automotive sector? Today, small and medium sized companies receive more attention than ever from robot suppliers. Now, ‘‘Hometown Manufacturing, Inc.’‘ with its small workforce and short runs is a coveted customer of

ROBOTICS: Looming Ever Larger in Smaller Businesses

POSTED: 06/17/2005

Increasingly, automation is strengthening smaller businesses and providing a much-needed competitive edge. Time was, the notion of ‘‘robotics and automation’‘ fell on the deaf, often skeptical ears of smaller manufacturing firm owners throughout the country. ‘‘Too expensive for my little operation.’‘ ‘‘Robots are only

The Law is the Law: Using Robotics to Comply with FDA Regulations

POSTED: 06/06/2005

Many industries use robotics to help them comply with a myriad of legal requirements. This runs the gamut of ergonomic requirements to avoid on-the-job injuries and repetitive stress syndrome, to the necessity of having robots perform dangerous jobs involving hazardous or toxic materials. The pharmaceutical

What Material Removal Process is Right for You?

POSTED: 05/16/2005

When manufacturing many automotive and non-automotive parts there is usually a need for a material removal operation. Wise manufacturing engineers will choose robotics as a means of performing material removal. With several types of robotic material removal processes available, integrators have a choice of waterjet

Bulk Palletizing Robotics: Strengthening the Food and Beverage Industry’s Bottom-Line

POSTED: 05/02/2005

With an improving economy and increased demand for ready-made food and drinks to meet today’s busy lifestyle, robot OEMs are busier than ever designing products to improve palletizing efficiency for food and beverage processors. While budgets remain about the same as last year, equipment

Robotic Ergonomics and Part Traceability

POSTED: 04/18/2005

Until recently, ergonomics and part traceability had little in common except that they are two of the most significant issues that manufacturers face today. Ergonomic hazards are among the chief concerns companies and workers face, where repetitive motion and lifting actions can lead to

New Canadian Standard for Lockout Programs Debuts at Toronto Safety Conference

POSTED: 03/15/2005

Preparation for the next North American Robot Safety Conference, March 21-24, 2005 is complete. Continuing the pattern of the last couple conferences, we are excited to be part of the introduction of a new Canadian industrial safety standard. This time it is the new standard for lockout programs – CSA

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