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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

International Robot Safety Standard Enters Final Phase of Acceptance

POSTED: 09/04/2009

I have just returned from Frankfurt, Germany, and a very successful meeting where the ISO TC184/SC 2 WG3 team completed their work on reviewing the technical content of the proposed new Part 2 of ISO 10218, the International Standard for robot

Roadmap to the Future

POSTED: 08/12/2009

If Hollywood’s vision were correct, robotics in the future would represent a stark departure from today’s commercially available robots.

What's New with Robots in Pharmacies and Laboratories?

POSTED: 07/20/2009

Robotics have become an element of mainstream production in heavy industry for decades, but flexible automation is rapidly becoming commonplace in laboratories and pharmacies. “Stäubli has seen an increase of activity in life science applications, especially in

RIA is a Common Sense Investment in Any Economy

POSTED: 07/05/2009

In a few years we will be looking at a strong, resurgent economy, but will you be ready before that happens? The trick for all of us will be to recognize the bottom of the economic cycle and position ourselves to outpace our competitors in capitalizing on renewed customer demand. In

Is Automation Right for Your Welding Operations?

POSTED: 06/15/2009

Considerations to Make Before Investing by Kevin Summers, Business Development Manager, Robotics/Automation, Miller Electric Mfg. Co., and Rob Ryan, Product Manager, Automation Group and Thomas Jaeger, Engineering Manager, R&D and New Product Development, Tregaskiss Ltd. Many

Going Green with Robotics

POSTED: 06/02/2009

As the world reaches its peak of energy production along with increasing concerns about the health of our planet, manufacturers are looking at ways to be more environmentally friendly. “More products will become greener by using robotics to build them,” says, John Dulchinos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adept

Robotics and the Green Trend: A Q&A

POSTED: 05/04/2009

Concerns about the natural state of our planet have never been higher. Manufacturers are putting a considerable amount of thought into how to lower their impact on the natural environment while still supplying the goods that people and industry require. Investing in robotics is among one of several strategies that

Machine Vision Aids Solar Cell Production

POSTED: 04/20/2009

As seen on AIA's Machine Vision Online. Despite lower energy prices during the recession, the realization is growing that alternative energy sources are needed.  An increasing number of people are convinced that alternative energy sources are essential to controlling energy costs, limiting

Seeing and Moving: A Preview of the 2009 International Robot, Vision and Motion Control Show

POSTED: 04/06/2009

The biennial International Robot, Vision and Motion Control Show (IRVMCS), taking place June 9-11, 2009, will take on the theme of “Win Globally: Innovate and Automate.” Major players in the robotics, motion control and vision industries will gather at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Ask the Experts: Robotics Online’s Advice Column

POSTED: 03/02/2009

  Executive Summary Ask the Experts offers unique insight into customer needs and vendor capabilities in the robotics industry. According to participants, users improve the chance for valuable feedback if they follow these guidelines: 1) Give context for the problem (big

Robot Safety in Difficult Times

POSTED: 02/04/2009

These days it seems like the news is filled with nothing but more “bad news.”  The economy is clearly in a down-turn, no question about it.  Turn on the TV, read a newspaper, surf the web

2009 Robotics Forecast: Productivity, Expansion Counter Recession Pressures

POSTED: 01/09/2009

Economist Alan Beaulieu had everyone laughing at the RIA 2008 Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando last November, proving once and for all that bad medicine is always easier to swallow with a spoonful of sugar. In between lighthearted observations, Beaulieu’s data was compelling.

What to do in a Recession

POSTED: 01/02/2009

Is your company recession proof? Last year wasn’t so bad for some RIA members. Many had big months in the fall even while consumer spending dried up in the broader economy. One industrial cable company had a terrific October

Robot, Heal Thy Self: The Latest in Robotic Maintenance and Diagnostics

POSTED: 12/17/2008

Maintenance and diagnostics are important in keeping industrial robots at their optimal operating performance. While simply cleaning and lubricating robots periodically can go a long way in achieving peak performance, controls built into them provide preventive maintenance capability as well as the ability to diagnose problems. “Robot operators often have difficulty

What’s Next for Robotics

POSTED: 10/15/2008

One day you will turn on your computer, punch up an online world where your avatar can assemble different objects to make a custom robot, test it in a simulation of your factory and have the real thing sent to your brick and mortar location. Sound far fetched? Consider this:

Twisting and Bending: A User’s Guide to Robotic Cables

POSTED: 10/01/2008

When designing a robotic work cell, integrators and end-users must take into account many variables and components to ensure its success. Cabling is one element of robotic work cells that is often overlooked during the design phase. Robot with a cable management system, courtesy igus Inc.

Forging New Relationships for the Robotics Industry

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

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

New RIA Technical Report on Robot Safety

POSTED: 08/19/2008

If you have not already seen it, soon you will see the announcement that the Robotic Industries Association has introduced a new Technical Report, R15.206 providing Guidelines for Implementing ANSI/RIA/ISO 10218-1-2007.  Of course this is always exciting news when we release a new

Robotics Online Clicking Strong for Members and Customers

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

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