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Industrial Robotics Industry Insights Resource

May 2020

3 Ways Robots Are Making Construction Safer

by FORT Robotics

POSTED: 05/14/2020

Construction robots have the potential to prevent accidents and transform the industry — if they’re used properly. 

Supervised Autonomy: Integrating Technology and Talent

by Leah Zitter, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/11/2020

Over at the FedEx repair facility in Collierville, Tennessee, robots stock office shelves, move items around the office, and...

April 2020

Robotics and COVID-19: Highlights from A3’s panel discussion with four top leaders

POSTED: 04/16/2020

As the world continues to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, robots and automation are playing a critical role

Robots Check Their Own Work Through Nondestructive Testing (NDT)

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/14/2020

Ultrasound NDT of carbon fiber is one example of an NDT application.

March 2020

Special A3 Report: Signs of Hope for Manufacturing Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

by John Gallagher, Special to A3

POSTED: 03/26/2020

A3 asked former Detroit Free Press Business Columnist John Gallagher to examine the state of manufacturing during the coronavirus crisis.

A3 Special Report: How Robots and Automation are Fighting Covid-19

by Keith Shaw, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/26/2020

As the world continues to fight the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, robots and automation are playing a critical role...

Leveraging Big Data from Robots: IIoT, Predictive Analysis, and Small Data, Too!

by Emmet Cole, Contributing Editor, RIA

POSTED: 03/22/2020

The term 'big data' conjures mental images of vast data lakes, teeming with billions of data points.

February 2020

Low-Barriers to Entry Help Pre-engineered Robotic Machine Tending Solve the Labor Shortage Gap

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/19/2020

Pre-engineered robotic machine tending solutions can help newcomers and companies with high-mix, low-volume operations “dip their toes” into robotics quickly,

MICPA Appoints Robert Doyle as new President and CEO

POSTED: 02/07/2020

RIA's Robert Doyle is named President and CEO of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

January 2020

Mobile Robots – Where Are They Going Now?

by Laura Moretz, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/03/2020

In warehouses, hospitals, and factories, mobile robots are doing tasks that can tax workers with repetitive stress injuries or fatigue.

December 2019

Collaborative Robots: Raising the Human Condition

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/16/2019

Collaborative robots take on new and varied roles in automotive, electrical, floral design and consumer goods.

November 2019

Human-Robot Interaction: A Team Sport

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/18/2019

As HRI evolves, human-robot teams are in the queue.

Swarming service robots? How human-multi-robot collaborative teams will tackle real-world problems

by Dr Simon Shakespeare, The Technology Partnership (TTP)

POSTED: 11/15/2019

What innovations can increase the adoption of robotics more widely in the commercial sector? Rather than focus on complexity to

October 2019

Robots Embrace the Daily Grind of Abrasive Work

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/25/2019

There should be a lot of praise for today’s robots, not the least of which is that robots never get

September 2019

The Power of Cloud Robotics

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/27/2019

Rapid Deployment, Data-Based Insights, Supervised Autonomy, Continuous Improvement

August 2019

Testing Thresholds for Collaborative Robot Safety

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/27/2019

Cobots could someday corner the market. Get the latest collaborative robot safety standards updates at IRSC.

July 2019

Cultivating Robotics and AI for Sustainable Agriculture

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 07/22/2019

Robots and AI relieve labor shortages, increase farming efficiency and support new, sustainable agriculture methods across the food supply chain.

June 2019

Autonomous Mobile Robots Push Robot Boundaries

by Morgan J Zenner, A3 Marketing Manager

POSTED: 06/17/2019

There’s a new robot in town that is moving and shaking things up in a big way: Autonomous Mobile Robots

May 2019

ROS-Industrial for Real-World Solutions

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/28/2019

No longer confined to the halls of research, open-source robotics takes on real-world challenges with ROS-Industrial.

April 2019

Trades Embrace Robotics on Construction Sites

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/29/2019

From remote-controlled earthmovers and demolition robots, to automated masons and digital fabrication, robotics will revolutionize construction.

March 2019

Automate 2019 Preview

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/21/2019

How will automation impact your future? See it at Automate 2019. Learn – Network – Explore – Get Certified

February 2019

Why Should I Automate?

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/22/2019

New to automation? AUTOMATE 2019 is for you! Learn the basics, ROI, pitfalls to avoid, how to choose an integrator.

January 2019

Robots to Extremes

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/25/2019

When driven to extremes, robots go where people cannot.

December 2018

Robots for Rent – Why RaaS Works

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/20/2018

Robotics as a Service (RaaS) delivers robots on demand, when and where you need them.

November 2018

Robots and AI in the OR

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/26/2018

Robotic surgery is on the cutting edge with flexible, maneuverable robots and machine learning.

October 2018

The Dream Labs of Future Robotics

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/30/2018

The nation's top universities for robotics research envision our future with robotics and AI.

September 2018

Demystifying Robot Offline Programming

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/21/2018

OLP software solutions have evolved. They’re faster, more reliable, and easier to use. Spend less time programming, more time producing.

August 2018

Fenceless Safety Embraces Human-Robot Interaction

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/23/2018

Collaboration comes in many forms. From conventional robots to cobots, and even collaborative conveyors.

July 2018

Force and Tactile Sensors Give Robots a Feel for the Job

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/27/2018

Force, torque and tactile sensing put robots to work with a sense of touch.

June 2018

Cybersecurity a Must for Safe IIoT Robots

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 06/22/2018

In this age of IIoT, cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. For a robot to be safe, it must also be secure.

May 2018

Smarter Robot Grasping with Sensors, Software, the Cloud

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/24/2018

Robot grasping is becoming a multidisciplinary endeavor with mechatronics, soft robotics, sensors, AI, cloud robotics all having an impact.

April 2018

The Robotmakers – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Part 2

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/24/2018

After another record-breaking year for robotics, we offer this retrospective.

March 2018

Service Robots on the World Stage

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/23/2018

No longer a mere novelty, service robots are moving into retail, hospitality, food service and many other consumer-facing spaces.

February 2018

Collaborative Robotics Puts People First

by by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 02/27/2018

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Humans and robots can work together, safely.

January 2018

Why AI Won’t Overtake the World, but Is Worth Watching

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/25/2018

You probably encounter it on a daily basis. Though you’re not always aware. Your actions help it grow.

December 2017

Driving Robotic Rehab

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/18/2017

Rehabilitation robotics is forcing us to reevaluate what we thought was possible for recovery and renewal.

October 2017

Building the Future with Robotic Additive Manufacturing

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/26/2017

Additive manufacturing is not only transforming how we make things. It’s changing how engineers think. Robots help make it possible.

September 2017

Robotic Machining On Tap for Aerospace

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/26/2017

Robotic machining proves to be robust and accurate enough for the demanding tolerances of the aerospace industry.

August 2017

Industrial Mobile Robot Safety Standards on the Forefront

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/28/2017

As mobile robots enter new territory reserved for humans and manned vehicles, safety standards writers race to keep up.

July 2017

Elevating the Art of Entertainment – Robotically

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/26/2017

Industrial robots, put them on the stage and now you have a performer’s best friend. An extension of their art.

June 2017

Cloning Master Welders with Robotics

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/28/2017

Precision, consistency, control … qualities we’ve come to expect from welding robots.

May 2017

Readying Your Robots and Workforce for Industry 4.0

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/25/2017

Industry 4.0 is not a distant vision for the future. A Big Three automaker capitalizes on its connected robots.

April 2017

The Robotmakers – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/28/2017

Hot on the heels of industry’s greatest showcase for automation, Automate 2017, we offer this retrospective.

March 2017

U.S. Alliance in Robotics for Manufacturing Means Innovation, Education, More Jobs

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/23/2017

Facing a widening skills gap, two years ago we made a Call for Action.

February 2017

Automate 2017 in Chicago, Your Destination for North America's Automation Showcase

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/23/2017

Automate is back! Bigger and better than ever.

January 2017

The Consumerization of Robots – Implications for You, Me, and Industry

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/26/2017

Consumerization will drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and robotics.

December 2016

Next-Gen Assembly Robots Turn Heads

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/15/2016

Forget what you think you know about assembly robots. How they look and move. Newcomers are about to change perceptions.

November 2016

Robots Race for the Cure

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/17/2016

Cancer touches all of us. For everyone knows someone affected. Knows someone who has lost a loved one.

October 2016

Robots Help Feed the World

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/27/2016

Food producers must keep up with the trends, while trying to anticipate the future. Flexible automation is the ticket.

September 2016

Robotics Software for the Next Generation

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/29/2016

Sophisticated software and intelligent robotics depend on us, on our evolution.

Collaborative Robots and Safety Hand in Hand

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/09/2016

Collaborative robotics and safety go hand in hand. You can’t have human-robot collaboration without mitigating the risks for injury.

July 2016

Mobile Robots and Intralogistics the Always-On Supply Chain

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/26/2016

The supply chain never sleeps. Neither do robots.

June 2016

Robotics Clusters the Epicenter for Startups

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/20/2016

It starts innocent enough. First you have a curious few. Then a tight-knit group of visionaries with big dreams...

May 2016

The Business of Automation, Betting on Robots

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/19/2016

Once again, the robotics industry broke its own record. In 2015, worldwide industrial robot sales rose by 8 percent...

April 2016

Mexico, Land of Automatización Opportunity

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/22/2016

From automotive and aerospace, to consumer electronics and the medical device market, Mexico’s manufacturing sector is a hotbed for FDI.

March 2016

Robotic Bin Picking – The Holy Grail in Sight

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/17/2016

Robotic random bin picking requires accuracy in the face of chaos. A tall order, but not impossible.

February 2016

Aerospace Manufacturing on Board with Robots

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/18/2016

Since the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, to the SpaceX launch and land in 2015, aerospace has shot high.

January 2016

2016 – The Year of Robot Democratization?

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/26/2016

Bold predictions for Collaboration, Connectivity and Convergence rang in 2015. One industry insider even called them prescient.

December 2015

Design Your Product for Producability, Design for Automation

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/16/2015

Forget naughty or nice. Consumers want what they want, when they want it. Manufacturers have to deliver...

November 2015

Robots and Healthcare Saving Lives Together

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/23/2015

Physicians, nurses and technicians are the superheroes of healthcare. But even Captain Marvel needs a trusted sidekick. Enter the robots.

October 2015

How SMEs in the Know Win with Automation

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/26/2015

SMEs represent the majority of businesses that have yet to realize the advantages of automation and robotics.

September 2015

Small Assembly Robots with Big Gains

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/28/2015

Our electronics are shrinking. Products are more customized. Product lifecycles are getting shorter. So what’s a manufacturer to do?

August 2015

Robot Safety, Everything But Routine

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/20/2015

Robot safety is always top of mind with industry advocates. For they know the robot’s power and understand its capabilities.

July 2015

Robots, the Plastics Molder’s Best Friend

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/23/2015

Plastics molders’ best friends come in all shapes and sizes. One thing they have in common – they’re all robots.

June 2015

Intelligent Robots: A Feast for the Senses

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/25/2015

Dumb robots – it’s a phrase we’ve heard too often. Well, no more!

May 2015

Robot–Scientist Collaboration (and Separation) in Lab Automation

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/20/2015

Automation in the life sciences industry spans an array of applications, from medical device assembly and pharmaceutical high-throughput screening (HTS)

April 2015

Closing the Skills Gap in Automation: A Call for Action

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/30/2015

A panel of automation professionals has weighed in, sharing ways to bridge the skills gap, and recruit talent.

March 2015

Calculating Your ROI for Robotic Automation: Cost vs. Cash Flow

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/19/2015

Your customers want it faster, better, cheaper. Your competitors are closing in. And the stakes are getting higher.

February 2015

One and Only Automation Showcase for Robotics, Vision and Motion Control

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/26/2015

Automation is becoming a contact sport. No longer are the machines over there and the humans here.

January 2015

Robotics 2015 and Beyond: Collaboration, Connectivity, Convergence

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/19/2015

One of the most transformative periods in the robotics industry is upon us.

December 2014

Robots Fill the Welding Gap

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/17/2014

Manufacturing is sexy. No longer reserved for ops meetings and supplier showboating, behind-the-scenes views of the manufacturing machine...

October 2014

Packaging & Palletizing Robots Solve Industry’s Pain Points

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contribting Editor

POSTED: 10/30/2014

Throughput, quality, labor and ROI, this is what keeps manufacturers awake at night. Fear not. Robots are at the ready.

The Shrinking Footprint of Robot Safety

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/06/2014

Robots are in the zone. They are are cleverly focusing their movements to finely tuned angles and reshaping the robot

September 2014

Major Robot OEMs Fast-Tracking Cobots

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/25/2014

Still in its infancy, the rapidly evolving domain of human-robot collaboration (HRC) has seen remarkable technological advancements.

August 2014

Robotic Assembly: Shrinking Footprint, Expanding Market

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/22/2014

SUVs, ovens, surgical devices and hard drives … What do they have in common?

July 2014

Our Autonomous Future with Service Robots

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/24/2014

Robots are increasingly broadening our horizons beyond the factory floor.

June 2014

The Realm of Collaborative Robots – Empowering Us in Many Forms

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/17/2014

No area of industrial robotics has attracted more fanfare than human-robot collaboration.

May 2014

Take My Hand, Behold the Future of Robot End Effectors

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/08/2014

Robot end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) is a hotbed for development right now. It’s also one of the most critical parts

April 2014

Robots, Cameras and Cables: Avoiding Catastrophic VGR Failures

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/08/2014

By themselves, robots lack perspective. Pair them with vision. Now you’re cruising. Welcome to the Big Dance in vision guided

March 2014

Robots with an Appetite for Food

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/06/2014

Too often in the food industry we hear the term Dirty Dozen. Usually it refers to unsavory hygienic practices.

Virtual Sales Support From Better Packaging and QR Codes

POSTED: 03/04/2014

Have you ever stood in front of a rack of similar products in a big box store?

February 2014

Material Handling Robots in the Mix

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contibuting Editor

POSTED: 02/06/2014

Mobility, modularity and mixed-load are the big movers in this space

January 2014

Robotics in 2014: Market Diversity, Cobots and Global Investment

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/10/2014

Twenty thirteen will go down in history as the year robotics took the marquee spot on the world stage.

December 2013

Optimizing Robot Cycle Time: When Every Fraction of a Second Costs

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/04/2013

With their inherent speed, repeatability and accuracy, robots are undisputedly efficient. But that doesn’t mean they are without waste if

November 2013

Why Robots Are Taking It Off

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/06/2013

Never ones to shy away from attention, robots are striking a formidable pose on the material removal stage.

October 2013

The Art of Industrial Painting with Robots

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/07/2013

Some may be seduced by their graceful, delicate movements. But don’t be fooled. Industrial paint robots are relentless perfectionists

September 2013

Robots and Laser Welding, the Perfect Fit

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/09/2013

From those early days when Unimate first reached across the assembly line, robotic welding has flourished to become a permanent

August 2013

Latest Trends in Intelligent Robot End-of-Arm Tooling

by Tanya M. Anandan , Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/08/2013

The role of robot end-of-arm tooling has never been more important.

July 2013

Robotics+Vision at a Glance: The Dos, Don’ts and Applications

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/12/2013

Robots are renowned for their repeatability and speed. They take on monotonous, physically taxing, and even hazardous jobs

End of Line Packaging Cell for Rolled Roofing Materials

POSTED: 07/02/2013

End of Line Packaging Cell for Rolled Roofing Materials by  Motion Controls Robotics, Inc. - These two FANUC R2000

June 2013

The End of Separation: Man and Robot as Collaborative Coworkers on the Factory Floor

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/06/2013

A new realm of industrial robotics is upon us. Human-robot collaboration is here, on the manufacturing floor, viable and successful.

April 2013

Protecting End Users and Suppliers - Best Practices for Robot Integrators

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/30/2013

Robot systems integration is the Grand Central Station of an automation project

Advanced Vision Guided Robotics: Technology & Trends Impacting VGR Proliferation

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/02/2013

Give a robot “sight” and you expand its range of possibilities.

February 2013

Linear Robot Rails in High Cycle Applications

by Roberta Zald, Mary Sweeny, IPR Robotics Communications

POSTED: 02/15/2013

When FANUC Robotics Systems Integrator, Advatec, was looking for linear rail option that would endure in their customer’s application while

Q & A for Plastics Business

by Eric Esson, National Sales & Marketing Manager

POSTED: 02/15/2013

Machine Guarding Q&A with Eric Esson

Industrial Safety is an Ever Changing Animal

by Eric Esson, National Sales & Marketing Manager

POSTED: 02/15/2013

It has been said that the only constant in life is change. Several aspects of the industrial safety standards are

Shifting Paradigms: Keeping Up with Evolving Industrial Safety Standards

by Eric Esson, National Sales & Marketing Manager

POSTED: 02/08/2013

SHIFTING PARADIGMS: Keeping Up with Evolving Industrial Safety Standards

Robot Design, Integrated Controls and Software Architectures of Industrial Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/05/2013

The software architecture of industrial robots, the “brains” of an automated work cell, enables the robot to perform assigned tasks

January 2013

Robotics Industry Expected to Thrive in 2013

by Bennett Brumon, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/03/2013

As the economy continues its recovery from the Great Recession, the robotics industry is reaping the benefits

December 2012

Robots and Vision for Semiconductors and Electronics Manufacturing

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/03/2012

Robotics have long been a staple in the electronics and semiconductor industry.

November 2012

Robotic Material Handling

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/06/2012

Material handling is the essence of industrial robotics with most robotic applications falling within this category.

October 2012

Robots in the Lab

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/05/2012

Tasks in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biomedical industries have always been complex and time-consuming. With the advent of new

Automatic Water Jet Process is a Smart Business Decision

by Bob Rochelle, Foot and Packaging Industry Specialist

POSTED: 10/04/2012

For the past fifty years, manufacturers have experienced increasing pressure to produce more while simultaneously meeting challenges to reduce operating costs, improve operational efficiencies, increase part quality, reduce waste and reduce labor content.

September 2012

Robot Safety Trends in Automotive

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/10/2012

There are vibrant new activities related to industrial safety in robot applications; none more so than in the automotive industry

July 2012

Robots in Aerospace Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/31/2012

While robotics play an important function in the fabrication of aircraft engines, aerospace companies are increasingly investing in robots

New 2012 Edition of ANSI/RIA R15.06 About to be Approved

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 07/31/2012

The big national robot news is that the 2012 edition of R15.06 is in the final stage for ANSI approval

Robotic Grinding, De-Burring and Finishing Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/02/2012

Due to the dangers involved in manual grinding, de-burring and finishing, robots are increasingly called on to do these operations.

June 2012

Machine Vision for Robot Guidance

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/04/2012

Without a vision guidance system, robots would be blind, unable to present itself to parts. The increased power of vision

May 2012

Palletizing and De-Palletizing Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/08/2012

Robotics have been a staple of manufacturing for decades but improvements have pushed flexible robotics downstream

April 2012

New Applications for Mobile Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/05/2012

While fixed robots will always have a place in manufacturing, augmenting traditional robots with mobile robots promises additional flexibility

March 2012

RIA Launches New Certified Robot Integrator Program

by Armando Barry, Certification Consultant

POSTED: 03/06/2012

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s largest trade group representing over 265 companies, has announced the launch of their Certified

New Trends in Robot and Controller Design

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/06/2012

Without a controller, industrial robots would not be able to perform their application tasks. Controllers contain software giving robots the

February 2012

Basic EOAT & Tooling Trends for Consumers Goods and Beyond

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/06/2012

Robotics have the speed, strength, and precision to accomplish an ever-widening range of tasks in the manufacturing and packaging of

January 2012

Robotics Industry Poised for Another Banner Year in 2012

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/06/2012

In most applications and regions around the globe, the robotics industry can look forward to a prosperous 2012.

Choosing the Right Robotic Gun for GMAW Applications

by Robert Ryan, P.Eng., MBA, Director, Automation and Aluminum Group

POSTED: 01/06/2012

Robotic GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) arc welding has become increasingly popular due to potential weld quality and productivity

December 2011

Robotics in Alternative Energy

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/08/2011

Alternative energy systems, solar photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and fuel cells, continue their rapid technological change

November 2011

Robotics in Security and Military Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/07/2011

Robotics have been a staple of advanced manufacturing for over half a century. As robots and their peripheral equipment become

September 2011

Updating the R15.06 Robot Safety Standard

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/07/2011

In my last article, I discussed the publication of the new ISO 10218-1 and 10218-2 standards. These two standards

August 2011

Navigating Robot Safety

by Brette Christe, Technical Writer

POSTED: 08/31/2011

Sharing the occupational highway with robots has inherent risks. Industrial robots are heavy and stiff, and can

New ISO Robot Safety Standards Published!

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 08/15/2011

For several years now, I have been informing you of the progress in the revision of the International Standard for

July 2011

Industrial Robotics Market Opportunities in Russia

by Paul Kellett, RIA Director – Market Analysis

POSTED: 07/13/2011

Spanning nine time zones and over 17 million square miles, Russia is not only the largest country in the world,

Robotics in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industry

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/06/2011

Robots in laboratory, life science and pharmaceutical applications perform tasks at rates beyond human capability. These robots function in potentially

June 2011

Economic Conditions and Opportunities Bode Well for Robotics Market

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR

POSTED: 06/16/2011

What is the outlook for robots and automation now that we are almost half-way through the calendar year?

Robotics in Electronics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/08/2011

The electronics and semiconductor industry has emerged as an important sector for robotics. While automotive applications still constitute the lion’s

May 2011

Designing Motion Control Systems

by Kevin Hull, Supervisor, Applications and Deployment, Yaskawa America

POSTED: 05/23/2011

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Top 3 Motion Control Trends for The Next 5 Years

by Bill Allai, Motion Control Principal Engineer, National Instruments

POSTED: 05/23/2011

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Press Brakes and Robots

by Ken Miller, Product Manager

POSTED: 05/17/2011

Still reluctant to automate your press brakes? Time to rethink this while you still can, because the latest robotic automation

From Technology to Technical Support: Thoughts for Improving Welding Operations in Today’s Automotive Industry

by Deryck Hart, Business Development Manager

POSTED: 05/08/2011

Worldwide, companies serving the automotive industry have faced a unique set of challenges in the last several years. Still, as

April 2011

Robots in Consumer Goods

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/13/2011

As robots and their control systems become more powerful and flexible, robotics are moving from heavy industrial applications into producing

March 2011

A Preview of the Automate 2011 Conference

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/01/2011

The Automate 2011 Show and Conference promises to be an event where robot suppliers, integrators and potential end-users of robotics

February 2011

Robotic Warehousing: A New Market Opportunity for Robot Manufacturers and Integrators?

by Paul Kellett, AIA/MCA/RIA Director – Market Analysis

POSTED: 02/07/2011

According to a new ATC study on robotic warehousing, a revolution is underway in order fulfillment and automation is enabling

Food Robotics Comes of Age

by Bennett Brumson, with contributions from RIA staff

POSTED: 02/07/2011

From the beginning, robots were built for harsh environments, a trait that serves them well in food processing applications. Freezers

Unique Robotic Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/07/2011

When people think of industrial robotics, the automotive and electronics industries often come to mind first. As robots and their

January 2011

After 50 Years Robots Have New Horizons

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/11/2011

Advancements in safety systems, end-effectors and sensors are rapidly bringing robotics into new applications

Robotics Industry Is Optimistic in 2011

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/11/2011

As the global economy emerges from the Great Recession of 2008-2009, business activity is slowly picking up.

December 2010

A Look Ahead to 2011

by Jeff Burnstein, RIA President

POSTED: 12/15/2010

2010 has been a very good year for the robotics industry; RIA President Jeff Burnstein shares excitement for 2011.

November 2010

A Look at Robots in Alternative Energy

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/01/2010

As the world grapples with diminishing supplies of petroleum and the increasing carbon impact of coal, nations and manufacturers are

October 2010

Automation Proves the Intrepid Solution to Higher Demand - A Robot Case Study

by Clare Goldsberry, Senior Editor/U.S., Copyright Modern Plastics Worldwide, April 2010, reprinted with permission

POSTED: 10/06/2010

Overseas sales increase, and you need more workers or more automation. For this small processor, automation proved the right choice,

September 2010

Service Robots – Getting Successfully Established

by International Federation of Robotics, Statistical Department

POSTED: 09/16/2010

The robot companion still a vision?

August 2010

Robot Safety Standard to be Revised

by Jeff Fryman, Director of Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 08/31/2010

How Changes to International Standard for Industrial Robot Safety (ISO) affect American National Standards (ANSI).

International Robot Safety Standard in Final Review

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 08/02/2010

The ISO 10218 International Standard for industrial robot safety is entering its last stage of approval prior to publication.

July 2010

What’s New with Robots in Electronics and Semiconductors?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/07/2010

Robotics manufacturing electronic components and semiconductors have a long history.

June 2010

What's New with Robotics in Injection Molding?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/01/2010

Robotics are being applied in increasing frequency in injection molding related processes

April 2010

Motoman’s Dean Elkins is RIA’s New Chair

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/30/2010

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) selected a new chair in January 2010.

What's Cooking with Food Robotics?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/05/2010

Robotics have an increasingly important role in maintaining a food supply that is safe, efficient and cost-effective. To gauge the

Sustainability and Total Cost of Ownership with Packaging Conveyors

by Amy DeFayette, Product Manager, VarioFlow Conveyor Systems

POSTED: 04/04/2010

Companies making consumer products today often achieve a competitive advantage through more appealing and easier-to-use package designs. As a result,

March 2010

Simple Ways to Protect Your Robotic MIG Gun ... and Your Overall Investment in Automation

by Rob Ryan, Product Manager Automation Group , & Thomas Jaeger, Engineering Manager, R&D and New Product Development

POSTED: 03/15/2010

Given that the single-most enticing reason for companies to invest in welding automation is to improve productivity, it may seem

Portal to Success: Update Multiple Robot Programs in a Minute or Less

by Brette Christe, Technical Writer

POSTED: 03/03/2010

Product variations, changes, and introductions are commonplace in manufacturing today. In response, many companies are choosing to use robots for

January 2010

“S” Shaped Recovery for the Economy?

by Brian Huse, Director, Markeing & PR

POSTED: 01/22/2010

At RIA’s Robotics Industry Forum, Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics offers a new type of prediction for the economy.

Robots Use 3D Vision to Improve System Costs and Product Quality

by Steve Prehn, Sr. Product Manager for Material Handling and Vision

POSTED: 01/20/2010

3D vision could become standard equipment on robots in a decade or less, according to experts in the machine vision

Robotics Market Cautiously Optimistic for 2010

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/18/2010

The robotics industry, like the world economy, is slowly emerging from the most trying economic times since the 1930s.

December 2009

Classic Metal Finishing: Robot Provides Increased Production and Flexibility

by Brent Lamarand, Engineer

POSTED: 12/07/2009

A Robot Case Study

What Is New with Robots in Press/Machine Tending and Material Removal

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/07/2009

Material removal or press/machine tending: Which task is more dull and dangerous? Manufacturers often have had difficulty in finding people to fill these positions.

November 2009

Food Lovers Can Thank Robots

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 11/23/2009

Thank a robot for your food? Then and now (I Love Lucy vs. Quattro Robot for packaging chocolates). Video

Safety Triggers Military Robot Alert

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR

POSTED: 11/05/2009

If you like “Future Weapons” on Discovery Channel then you’ll be interested in the MAARS Robot. Video included

Robotic Simulation and Off-line Programming: From Academia to Industry

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/02/2009

Robotic simulation and off-line programming (OLP) are powerful tools for saving integrators and end-users time and money when designing a

October 2009

A Little Green in Every Robot

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR

POSTED: 10/19/2009

Robots are among the most efficient machines available to manufacturers and can be part of any company’s strategy for green

Robots in Medical Applications: How LOSTPED and Cartesian Robots Can Help

by Danielle Collins, Applications Engineering Supervisor

POSTED: 10/15/2009

From packaging and material handling to semiconductor fabrication and automotive assembly, virtually all manufacturing processes incorporate some type of linear

Food Processing Gets New Safety Controls

by (RIA Staff Interview with) Gary Ferguson, Managing Director, Schmersal Inc.

POSTED: 10/13/2009

Food applications are important to many RIA members. RIA caught up with Gary Ferguson for a Q & A session.

Making it Safe: National Robot Safety Conference 2009

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/06/2009

On the eve of major changes to robot safety standards, robot makers, integrators, and peripheral equipment manufacturers will attend...

September 2009

Robotics and the Big Trends

by Jeff Burnstein, President, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 09/21/2009

I’ve been thinking and reading quite a bit lately about how robotics ties in with the big trends impacting our

International Robot Safety Standard Enters Final Phase of Acceptance

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

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 safety.

August 2009

Don’t be Marginalized: Learn How Peripherals can Maximize your Robotic Welding Performance

by Thomas Jaeger, Engineering Manager, R&D and New Product Development

POSTED: 08/24/2009

Robotic welding systems introduce speed, accuracy and repeatability into the fabrication process.

Roadmap to the Future

by Paul Kellett, RIA Director - Market Analysis

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.

Planning a Safe and Successful Integration: Robots in Packaging/Palletizing

by Brette Christe, Technical Writer, JR Automation Technologies, LLC

POSTED: 08/12/2009

You’ve got a lot on your plate when implementing packaging/palletizing robots into a production process. The choices you make when

July 2009

What's New with Robots in Pharmacies and Laboratories?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

Robotic Application Research: Past, Present, & Future

by Brette Christe, JR Automation Technologies, LLC

POSTED: 07/16/2009

In 1961, the first manufacturing robot, the Unimate, hit the assembly line for GM. This welding robot, which received its commands

RIA is a Common Sense Investment in Any Economy

by Richard O. Litt, President, RIA

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.

June 2009

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.

Going Green with Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

May 2009

Top Ten Reasons to Buy an Industrial Robot Today

by Ted Wodoslawsky, VP Marketing, ABB Robotics North America

POSTED: 05/18/2009

The economy may be off to a slow start in 2009, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for

Robotics and the Green Trend: A Q&A

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/04/2009

Concerns about the natural state of our planet have never been higher.

April 2009

Machine Vision Aids Solar Cell Production

by Paul Kellett, RIA/AIA/MCA Director – Market Analysis, courtesy Automated Imaging Association

POSTED: 04/20/2009

As seen on AIA's Machine Vision Online.

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

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

March 2009

Robotic Sealing Automation for Smaller Industrial Operations

by Paul Cutean, Process Manager – Sealer Technology, ABB Inc., Robotics Division

POSTED: 03/16/2009

Historically Sealing robots have been utilized in many

Positive Action: One Robot Integrator's Unique Response to the Economy

by (staff interview with) Keith Wanner, President, RobotWorx

POSTED: 03/04/2009

RIA: How is the economy affecting the used robot market? KW: This is a good time to be in the used robot market.

Ask the Experts: Robotics Online’s Advice Column

by Bennett Brumson , with contributions from RIA staff

POSTED: 03/02/2009

  Executive Summary Ask the Experts offers unique insight into customer needs and vendor capabilities in the robotics industry.

February 2009

Robot Safety in Difficult Times

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 02/04/2009

These days it seems like the news is filled with nothing but more “bad news.

January 2009

2009 Robotics Forecast: Productivity, Expansion Counter Recession Pressures

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

What to do in a Recession

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 01/02/2009

Is your company recession proof? Last year wasn’t so bad for some RIA members.

December 2008

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

by by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/17/2008

Maintenance and diagnostics are important in keeping industrial robots at their optimal operating performance.

November 2008

High-Density Robotic Painting: Latest Trend Lowers Costs

by Randy Schuetz, Tech. Leader, Painting & Dispensing, and Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor, Motoman

POSTED: 11/14/2008

One of the primary reasons paint spray booths are expensive to operate is the high energy cost of providing temperature-controlled supply air to replenish exhaust air.

SOLUTIONS FOR LEAN MANUFACTURING: INTEGRATING ROBOTIC AUTOMATION WITH BUSINESS SYSTEMS

by Brette Christe, Technical Writer

POSTED: 11/14/2008

If lean manufacturing is a goal, it may be a good idea to investigate automation solutions that integrate with business systems.

Robotic Paint Automation for Smaller Industrial Operations

by Mark Freels, Paint Business Development Manager, Robotics Division

POSTED: 11/03/2008

Recent advancements have made paint and coating robots highly affordable and useable Painting robots and industrial robots in general have

October 2008

What’s Next for Robotics

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR

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.

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

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

September 2008

Forging New Relationships for the Robotics Industry

by Jeff Burnstein, Executive Vice President

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.

A Preview of the International Conference for Vision-Guided Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

August 2008

New RIA Technical Report on Robot Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

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.

Robotics Online Clicking Strong for Members and Customers

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR

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 Company Profiles.

Robotics Industry Forum Turns Networking into Connectioneering!

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

POSTED: 08/08/2008

Are you ready for a unique kind of networking that leads to new and improved business? On November 6, 2008, your RIA membership unlocks the door to Connectioneering at the Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida.

Robots on the Grindstone: Material Removal Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/06/2008

In an era of historically high prices for metals and energy, manufacturers are feeling the pinch.

July 2008

Mixing it up: Trends in Packaging and Palletizing Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/23/2008

The accelerating adoption of robotics has been among the most important trends in packaging and palletizing in recent years.

Robotic Inspection: A Guide

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/09/2008

Robot-based inspections systems are an application whose time has come.

Examining Robot Safety Standards

by Roberta Nelson Shea, General Manager/COO Pilz Automation Safety L.P.

POSTED: 07/07/2008

ANSI R15.

June 2008

Food For Thought: Robotics in the Food Industry

by by Bennett Brumson , Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/12/2008

Visit a food production facility and you will notice a mix of tasks performed by manual labor and robotics.

May 2008

Robotic Transporters for Large Weldments

by Chris Anderson, Technology Leader – Welding

POSTED: 05/19/2008

Robotic transporters are key when you want to automate welding of extremely large, heavy parts.

Reducing Carbon Footprint with the Right Vacuum System

by Josef Karbassi, , Business Unit Manager, Automotive

POSTED: 05/05/2008

Introduction Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered to be the largest environmental threat to our world by most researchers.

April 2008

Robots for Life: Laboratory, Medical and Life Science Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/19/2008

Robotics have become a basic element of production in a myriad of industries, from the automotive sector to wood products.

Strong, Consistent Robotic Welds Stand Up to Automotive Seat Tests

POSTED: 04/18/2008

Did you ever stop to think about all the safety considerations involved when you adjust a car seat for

Briggs & Stratton Introduces Automated Welding with ABB Robotic Docking System

POSTED: 04/18/2008

In 1996, the Specialty Products Division of Briggs & Stratton, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, expanded its services after 15 years

Making The Most Of Motors And Drives

by Jack Browne, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/07/2008

Electric motors and drives improve year after year more as an evolutionary process than by revolutionary developments.

March 2008

Press and Machine Tending Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/18/2008

Manual press and machine tending applications are among the least desired jobs in industrial labor due to the danger, repetition and nasty environment.

The European Robotics Market and How the Germans Lead

by Gordon Feller, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/04/2008

 As the EU economies continue to expand, Germany, the largest of the 26 EU economies, offers profitable market opportunities for producers of innovative automation technology and peripheral equipment.

February 2008

New President Brings New Agenda to RIA

by Rich Litt, President, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 02/18/2008

I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as RIA president (as of November 9, 2007).

The Year Ahead in Robot Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 02/04/2008

We are only a few weeks into the New Year, and I hope one of your resolutions is to work safe.

January 2008

Continuing 100 Years of Innovation: Automation Shines at Grote Industries……A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 01/21/2008

Driving along any highway, chances are that many of the vehicle lighting systems you see on semi-trucks, RVs, buses, and other vehicles are manufactured by Grote Industries (Madison, IN), a privately owned 100-year-old company with a history of innovation.

Smooth and Steady: Prospects for the Robotics Industry in 2008

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/04/2008

Despite the possibility of a slowdown in the economy, the outlook of those in the robotics industry in 2008 is generally optimistic.

December 2007

Robots Rally CNC Operations Against Offshore Competition

by Jack Browne, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/17/2007

Robots have traditionally served CNC applications and systems by loading and unloading tools and work materials.

Robots Sort Blood Specimens: Help American Red Cross Improve Productivity and Traceability . . . A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 12/03/2007

  In addition to being an international humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross is the biggest single blood collecting agency in the United States.

November 2007

Robotics Industry Forum Looks to Future of the Industry

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR

POSTED: 11/14/2007

From big news for Platinum members to predictions about the industry, RIA’s Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando (November 7-9, 2007) was packed with market intelligence and high-level networking.

Is the Wood Industry Ready for Robotics?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/14/2007

 When thinking of the role of robotics in manufacturing, working with wood-based products is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

October 2007

Robots in Consumer Goods

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/24/2007

While industrial robotics have been the mainstay of the automotive industry for many years, the use of robotics in producing consumer items is still on the rise.

Construction Robots and Constructing a Robotics Community

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/11/2007

Automobiles and consumer goods are among the many products we see every day that traditionally have been manufactured with the help of robotics.

September 2007

The Complete Safety Story and Other “How To”s

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/20/2007

The National Robot Safety Conference, our nineteenth annual gathering taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, is only a week away.

News About Changes in Robot Standards

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/07/2007

New Standard Addresses Wireless Pendants; Safety Rated Axix Limiting; Multiple Arms and more.

August 2007

Robo Removal: Parts Finishing is Big Business for Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

All Together Now: Networked Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

July 2007

Hybrid Sensors in Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

Robotics in Composite Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/05/2007

  Composites and robotics are practically made for each other.

June 2007

The Challenges of Robotic Aluminum MIG Welding

by Joe Hoffman, Senior Welding Engineer, FANUC Robotics America, Inc.

POSTED: 06/21/2007

Robotic Aluminum MIG Welding presents many challenges.

Gentlemen, Start Your Robots...

by Donald A. Vincent, Executive Vice President, Robotic Industries Association

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 technically crafted and standardized racing machines lighting up the track each Sunday afternoon.

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

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/01/2007

The International Robots and Vision Show (IRVS) is coming to Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois, on June 12-14.

May 2007

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

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

Networking Matters at RIA – Join Today

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations, Robotic Industries Association

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.

A Successful Partner: Choosing an Integrator

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

April 2007

GM Strengthens Competitive Grip with Decentralized Vacuum System

by A Case Study Featuring Dan Anfinson, Senior Manufacturing Project Engineer, General Motors Corporation

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.

March 2007

Robots…A ‘‘Butter’‘ Way to Palletize: A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 03/19/2007

  California Dairies, Inc.

Food Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/19/2007

  Deploying robotics in many industries is so routine, that it is taken as a given.

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

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

February 2007

Considering Safety Implications

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

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.

Robot Palletizes Putter’s Pickles: A Robot Case Study. . . .by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor, Motoman Inc.

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 02/01/2007

  Aliment Putter’s Food, Inc.

January 2007

Chemical and Hazardous Material Handling Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

Robotics Industry Strives to Diversify in 2007

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor (with contributions from RIA staff)

POSTED: 01/03/2007

Despite a slowdown in the automotive sector, the robotics industry as a whole is still relatively healthy.

November 2006

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.

The Perfect Swarm: Robots Past, Present and Future

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

POSTED: 11/30/2006

It’s always a swarm.

Plastic Welding Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/20/2006

Take a look around and you will no doubt see plastic parts everywhere.

Trends and Motivations for Robot Purchases

by Trevor Jones, President

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.

October 2006

Nanotechnology Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

Why Robots Matter

by Donald A. Vincent, Executive Vice President

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.

September 2006

Robot Safety Changes Ahead

by an interview with Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

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.

August 2006

Clean Machines: Clean Room Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/17/2006

With the miniaturization of electronic components comes challenges for people to assemble their tiny constituent parts.

Robotics and Energy Cost Reduction

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

July 2006

High Precision Thermoforming Packs a Perfect Fit

by Nicky Borcea, President

POSTED: 07/21/2006

The Evolution of Automotive Materials Handling Today, shipping trays, or dunnage, for the automotive material-handling arena are custom made to fit specific part dimensions and to hold them in the proper orientation needed for assembly.

Indispensable Dispensing: Sealing and Dispensing Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/10/2006

Many sealing and dispensing applications use robots due to the precision required and the potentially hazardous materials often used.

June 2006

Error-Proofing in Today’s Competitive Manufacturing Environment

by Rick Bondy, Field Marketing Product Manager

POSTED: 06/22/2006

Error-proofing is an essential systematic process for improving the reliability, quality and stability of lean manufacturing methods.

Robotics Partner with AGVs to Increase Production Flexibility and Speed

by Jan Rupnick, Public Relations Coordinator, (Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine)

POSTED: 06/06/2006

Manufacturers in the United States, in attempting to remain competitive in a global economy, often reach for technology to help improve production efficiency and reduce labor costs.

May 2006

When Two Arcs are Better Than One: Tandem GMAW Versus Multiple Robot Arms

by Chris Anderson, Thermal Market Segment Manager

POSTED: 05/16/2006

Manufacturers of Tandem Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) systems that supply two welding wires through a single torch often promise to double welding productivity – but in actuality, the results you can reasonably expect to achieve vary depending upon your application.

The Importance of Vacuum Flow in Robotic Material Handling Applications

by Andy Lovell, Application Engineer

POSTED: 05/03/2006

Industrial manufacturing is undergoing a revolution with fresh opportunities and challenges.

April 2006

Home, Home of the Range…Robotic Press Tending at Whirlpool Corporation

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 04/17/2006

With annual sales of over $13 billion, some 68,000 employees, and nearly 50 manufacturing and technology research centers around the globe, Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances.

Robots Minus Burrs Equals A Good Finish: Robotic Material Removal

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

March 2006

Make Existing Cells Leaner and Safer

by Tina Hull, Remote Application Engineer

POSTED: 03/14/2006

With numerous multi-robot cells in use, a company wanted to increase existing robotic cell efficiency, making their systems more 'lean,' but with no compromise in safety.

Interface Options for Robotic Safety Control Systems

by James F. O’Laughlin, North American Product Marketing Manager for Safety Interface Technology, Safety Systems Division

POSTED: 03/04/2006

With the increasing acceptance of safety-rated network architectures and firmware-based control systems, users have the opportunity to leverage numerous benefits previously reserved for non-safety applications.

Painting With the Sims

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

February 2006

Flexible Automated End-of-Line Solutions for Packaging and Palletizing: Systems Integration is Key to Success

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 02/16/2006

Most consumer goods manufacturers need the ability to create variety packs or mixed loads of product on demand to meet specific customer requirements, pack product into trays or cases, palletize the trays and cases, and add stretch wrap or band the load – while always knowing what is inside each case or load using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.

Reflections on Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 02/01/2006

As a new year begins I can look back on what robot and industrial safety activities took place in 2005.

January 2006

Robotics Industry Poised for Continued Growth in 2006

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

December 2005

Vacuum Pump Technology: Multi-Stage Air-Driven vs. Mechanical

by Michael Tuohey

POSTED: 12/15/2005

In a high pressure manufacturing environment, where every second counts, it’s ironic that the steady, unceasing flow of product would rely so heavily on a low pressure solution.

Melded Together: Welding Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/02/2005

Arc and spot welding are some of the oldest and most established applications in robotics.

November 2005

A Moment of Reflection: A Glimpse Ahead and Thanks

by Åke Lindqvist, President

POSTED: 11/11/2005

During the last two years in North America, we have witnessed tremendous growth and continued opportunities in the robotics industry.

Customized Distribution Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/01/2005

Robotic-based distribution systems are among the fasted growing applications in flexible automation.

October 2005

ANSI/RIA Remains Widely Accepted Standard for Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

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.

Hometown Manufacturing: Robots Work for Companies of All Sizes

by Donald A. Vincent, Executive Vice President

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.

September 2005

Robots: The Lower Cost, More Flexible Process Improvement Alternative to CNC Machine Tools

by Greg Webb, Manager Software R&D, and Mary Kay Morel, Staff Editor/Writer

POSTED: 09/19/2005

Robots are poised to take away a significant portion of the CNC machine tool market.

Robotic Press Loading Made Easy – Using Vision to Identify Blank Orientation

by Peter Stephen, Program Manager for Stamping and Sheet Metal

POSTED: 09/01/2005

You know the expression: ‘‘A picture is worth a thousand words.

August 2005

Manufacturing Competitiveness through Robotics and Automation

by Kevin Ostby, Vice President General Industries

POSTED: 08/12/2005

Challenges facing North American manufacturers have escalated as the manufacturing industry struggles to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

July 2005

Lean Automotive Supplier Uses Robots, Flex Machines to Increase Productivity

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 07/29/2005

Aztec Manufacturing Corporation (Romulus, Michigan) is a tier-one full-service supplier of mid- and high-volume precision-machined castings and forgings to the automotive industry.

Why a Bell-Bell Process May Be Right For You

by Martin Rola, Director, Products & Application Technical Engineering

POSTED: 07/18/2005

A significant trend over the past five years has been an increase in the use of rotary atomizers, or bells, for metallic painting applications.

June 2005

ROBOTICS: Looming Ever Larger in Smaller Businesses

by John F. Neal

POSTED: 06/17/2005

Increasingly, automation is strengthening smaller businesses and providing a much-needed competitive edge.

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

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/06/2005

Many industries use robotics to help them comply with a myriad of legal requirements.

May 2005

What Material Removal Process is Right for You?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/16/2005

When manufacturing many automotive and non-automotive parts there is usually a need for a material removal operation.

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

by Larry Kelley, BSME

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.

April 2005

Robotic Ergonomics and Part Traceability

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

Optimized Vacuum Design for Material Handling Applications: How System Design Parameters Affect Productivity

by Andy Lovell, Application Engineer

POSTED: 04/04/2005

Designing or implementing a vacuum system for material handling applications is an important and often costly expenditure that can cause many decision makers to encounter mixed messages, making the right choice unclear.

March 2005

New Canadian Standard for Lockout Programs Debuts at Toronto Safety Conference

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 03/15/2005

Preparation for the next North American Robot Safety Conference, March 21-24, 2005 is complete.

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

by È Coste-Manière, D Olender, W Kilby, R A Schulz , Reprinted by permission from The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery

POSTED: 03/01/2005

È Coste-Manière Accuray Europe, Paris, France D Olender, W Kilby and R A Schulz Accuray Inc.

February 2005

Robots: Flexible Automation for a Strong Economy

by Donald A. Vincent, Executive Vice President

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.

At the ‘‘Fore-Front’‘ of Automation: Acushnet Uses Robot to Handle Golf Balls

by Mary Kay Morel

POSTED: 02/05/2005

Robots and Titleist golf balls might seem an unusual pairing.

January 2005

Control of Robo Motion

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

Robotic Industry Looks for Continued Strong Growth in 2005

by Winn Hardin

POSTED: 01/05/2005

Robots in the next few years will become more adaptable, more flexible and more accepted than ever.

November 2004

Robots Take Furniture Industry into Their Own Hands

by Winn Hardin

POSTED: 11/24/2004

The automotive industry generally led the economic rebound for the robotics industry in 2003 and 2004.

Machine-Vision Inspection

by Brian Kreifels, Industrial Engineer, IBM

POSTED: 11/14/2004

Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine IBM Corp.

Reflections on Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 11/01/2004

The National Robot Safety Conference has just concluded on a very successful note.

From Televisions to Tanks: Electronics Production with Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/01/2004

Robotics and manufacturing electronics are a perfect fit for one another.

October 2004

Software and Firmware Based Safety Controllers

by Tina Hull, Application Engineer

POSTED: 10/15/2004

(as presented at the Robots 2004 Conference, June 9 and 10, 2004) Many manufacturing companies are looking for ways to implement safety while maintaining if not even increasing production.

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.

The Eyes Have It: Robotic Vision and Guidance

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

September 2004

Expanding Application Base Pushes New Gripper Designs

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

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

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

August 2004

Lean, Mean Robotic Machines: Robotics in Lean Manufacturing

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/13/2004

Lean manufacturing, a system of production, is ripe for robotics.

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

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 08/02/2004

The Robotic Industries Association remains very involved in promoting robot safety, and for that matter, industrial safety in general.

July 2004

PLC or No PLC?: Robot Controller Takes on More

by Erik Nieves, Manager of Technical Advancement, and, Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 07/02/2004

As robot controllers become more advanced, they are adding functionality and capabilities that were once the bailiwick of programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

June 2004

Rise of the Machines

by Matthew Little, Editor, Products Finishing Magazine

POSTED: 06/18/2004

Robotic technology is nothing new to the finishing industry.

April 2004

Taking the Heat: Robotics in Foundries

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/30/2004

Foundry operations encompass the three dreaded D’s in industrial labor: Dull, Dirty and Dangerous.

Biotech Material Handling Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/04/2004

Biotechnology material handling applications are among some of the fastest growing areas of robotics.

March 2004

The Culture of Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

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.

Simulators Focus on Simplicity, Safety

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

January 2004

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

by Reprinted by permission from Robotics World

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.

Coming Off Banner Year, Robot Industry Looks Forward to 2004

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

December 2003

Deployment of Robots Within Insert Molding Workcells Results in Dramatic Improvements

POSTED: 12/15/2003

Every year products are being made smaller and smaller and tolerances become tighter and tighter.

Automated Cell Phone Housing Assembly Line Combines Robotics & Vision Guidance

POSTED: 12/01/2003

Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine   Spectra Technologies Inc.

November 2003

Manufacturing Athletic Shoes in the USA

by remarks by Herb Spivak, Executive Vice President of Operations, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

POSTED: 11/12/2003

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

October 2003

Robots For Small Business: A Growing Trend

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

Robot Safety Begins with the Design Process

by Stacy Kelly, Safety Systems Product Manager

POSTED: 10/17/2003

To realize the many benefits that robots offer a production facility, safety considerations are THE top priority in protecting the operator, maintenance personnel and other personnel that interact with the robot.

Recent Developments in Robot Safety Standards

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 10/17/2003

This has been a particularly exciting year for developments in robot safety standards.

Safety First: A Review of Robotic Safeguarding Devices and Issues

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

August 2003

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 Fabrication (the East Coast division of Coraza Systems), made a key strategic decision.

Robot Vision – Technical Issues

by Nello Zuech, President, Vision Systems International, Consultancy

POSTED: 08/03/2003

Much of the early work in the field of machine vision was driven by robot guidance applications.

July 2003

Grippers Grab the Future with Greater Functionality

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

It’s Not Your Father’s Vacuum Pump Anymore

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/01/2003

Today’s smart pumps and decentralized vacuum systems are making vacuum systems more efficient and more dependable.

June 2003

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

by Michael Francoeur, President of Joining Technologies

POSTED: 06/16/2003

The development of the GTAW process was accelerated early in 1940.

Robotic Baggage Handling

by Bernd Schnoor and Norbert Cottone, as published in the 2003 International Robots & Vision Show and Conference Proceedings CD-ROM

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.

May 2003

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

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/16/2003

From concept to design, to production and shipping, automation decisions are made, affecting quality in the process.

Flexible Metrology Systems Extend Their Reach to the Shop Floor

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

April 2003

Flexible Fixturing on the Rise

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/17/2003

The expected life cycle for an industrial robot can easily exceed ten years with proper maintenance.

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

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

March 2003

Have a Seat: Getting Comfortable with Furniture Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

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.

February 2003

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

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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.

Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul Helps Robot Suppliers and Customers

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

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 it useless? If you have a robot, chances are you are in the fortunate position to keep it on the line for years with good maintenance, repair, and eventually with an overhaul that makes it as good as new or even better! In these economic times, savvy robot suppliers and integrators are structuring their businesses to serve the growing field of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

January 2003

Robotic Vehicles Come of Age

POSTED: 01/21/2003

Once futuristic, the success of Sandia’s small robotic vehicles on surveillance missions in Afghanistan has led to an accelerated program for robotic vehicles for military and other applications.

2003 Robotics Industry Outlook: Robot Companies Have Hopes for Recovery

by Bennett Brumson and Brian Huse

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.

December 2002

Robotic Finishing Applications

by Paul F. Miekstyn, CMfgE, Sr. Product Manager, Robotic Systems

POSTED: 12/01/2002

This paper surveys Robotic Finishing applications utilizing abrasive and synthetic belts, flap and buff wheels.

November 2002

Integrated Intelligent Warehouse Systems Boost Efficiency for Auto Parts Distributor

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/18/2002

Discount Auto Parts, Inc.

Material Handling On the Money

POSTED: 11/18/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Case Study: A Staubli robot picks up a box of Euro coins for packaging at the Pessac Mint Facility in France The European Single Currency, the Euro, made its debut in January.

Companies Tweak Vision Software to Robotic Purposes

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/01/2002

Whether it is for part inspection, robot guidance or as a robot cell programming aid, robots are increasingly using automated vision systems to expand their application base thanks to efforts to (1) simplify the robot/vision human-machine interfaces (HMI) and (2) improve communication.

September 2002

Reflecting on Robot Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/25/2002

As the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) 'point man' for robot safety, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a number of robot users in plants throughout North America.

Pick and Place Evolves Beyond Traditional Roles

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/13/2002

Once the domain of pneumatics, pick and place robotic systems are finding themselves in a more favorable competitive light as production lines move to greater varieties of products moving at faster speeds.

August 2002

Logic Control for Robot Work Cells

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/27/2002

Work cell control is an area of robotics that is changing rapidly due to the fast pace of change in technology.

Arc Welding Cells-in-a-box Answer Today's Customer Needs

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/16/2002

Today's difficult economic environment and emerging standard interfaces are changing the shape of robotic arc welding systems.

Assembly Robots 101

by Joe Campbell, Chairman, RIA Membership Committee (2006-2008)

POSTED: 08/05/2002

Assembly Robots 101 by Joe Campbell   While robots are among the highest technology products on the manufacturing floor, they are essentially just another tool.

Parallel Kinematic Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/05/2002

Most robots used for industrial manufacturing have articulated arms equipped with serial technology, where each axis is in line relative to the preceding one.

July 2002

Dispensing Profits with Dispensing Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/19/2002

Dispensing is one of the more demanding and varied robotic applications due to the range of tasks demanded of it and its need for precision.

Robots Save on Consumables, Raw Material Costs

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/03/2002

While labor cost reduction and quality improvements have always been drivers for robotic automation, the act of automating has enabled many manufacturers to save on the consumables used in the process, including power, components and raw materials.

June 2002

Manufacturing Best Practices Include the Best Robotic Peripherals

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/13/2002

When setting up a robotic workcell, there is a tendency for robot makers and end users to focus on the robot itself.

Robotic Resistance Welding: Improving Productivity

by Chris Anderson, Market Segment Manager, Welding, and Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 06/03/2002

Sometimes a New Solution is Right in Front of You The same servomotors used to control robot motion are now being applied to spot welding guns with excellent results.

Spot Welding Keeps Moving Forward

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/01/2002

Spot welding is one of the most mature applications in robotics.

May 2002

Arc Welding Thin Walls

POSTED: 05/17/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Manufacturing the metal frame that reinforces and supports the visible portion of an instrument panel of an automobile is no small feat.

Robotic Grinding For Metal Cabinets

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 05/03/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Manually grinding welds is tough, dirty and noisy work, and the metal dust produced by grinding is harmful to workers' eyes and lungs.

Take It Off: Robotic Material Removal Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/02/2002

In many robotic manufacturing processes, there is a need for some form of material removal operation, whether that is grinding, sanding, deburring or polishing.

April 2002

Robotic Integrators Take Their Specialties Seriously

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/15/2002

Flexibility, ease of use, and market acceptance are increasing user acceptance and application of robotics in key industries, including pharmaceutical, electronics and food processing.

Pharmaceutical Robotic Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/01/2002

In the world of pharmaceuticals, there is a vital role for robotics to play in the complicated processes of research and development, production, and packaging.

March 2002

Robotic Material Handling: Bottles

POSTED: 03/15/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine, December 2001 Pyraser Bier GmbH & Co KG, founded in 1870 in Pyras, Germany, brews eight types of beer to meet demand in Bavaria.

February 2002

New Thinking in Machinery Safeguarding Strategy

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 02/18/2002

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 2nd International Conference on Safety of Industrial Automated Systems.

Moving the mail: Postal Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/15/2002

The United States Postal Service (U.

Is it Time for Plastics Manufacturers to Invest in 6-axis Robots?

by Bob Turner, Quadcom Ltd.

POSTED: 02/02/2002

The versatility of multi-axis robots and the many processes in the plastics sector that are within their capabilities for a wide range of common tasks in the plastics sector, from high speed demolding right through to inspection and assembly.

January 2002

Robotic Applications for Weapons Demilitarization

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/17/2002

With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, there was a drive by NATO and Warsaw Pact countries to reduce the large stockpiles of aging nuclear, chemical, biological, and conventional weapons.

December 2001

How Robots Will Affect Future Generations

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

POSTED: 12/13/2001

What does the future hold for robot applications? How will robots affect society in five years; 10 years; 20? These are typical questions received by Robotic Industries Association.

Case for a V-shaped Recovery

POSTED: 12/12/2001

Part of an economic outlook delivered during the 2001 Robotics Industry Forum by Don Reynolds, Consulting Economist and Futurist  Once a year, industry leaders come to the RIA Robotics Industry Forum to learn about the state of the industry.

November 2001

Get a Grip: Choosing a Gripper for your Robotic Application

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/29/2001

There are numerous types of grippers on the market, both in style and power source.

Emerging Trends in Robotic Integration

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/16/2001

Integration is the vital link between an industrial robot and its ability to perform manufacturing tasks.

September 2001

Scara vs. Cartesian Robots: Selecting the Right Type for Your Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/27/2001

With several types of robotic arms on the market, it is important to know the differences among them in order to select the type that best meets your needs.

August 2001

Here Come the Super Heavyweights!

by David R. Brousell, Managing Automation Magazine

POSTED: 08/23/2001

Reprinted from Managing Automation July/2001 © 2001 Thomas Publishing Company They may not be ripping off their T-shirts as they enter the ring, but a new class of superheavyweight robots is making its way into the competitive arena with earth-shaking force.

Automation's Untapped Gold Mine

by Carl Traynor, Director of Marketing

POSTED: 08/23/2001

Use of Simulation Software to Improve 'Design to Manufacture' Robotic simulation software has become a valuable tool used to perform a variety of time- and cost-saving tasks - from robot reach studies, up to and including off-line programming of robot cells - but simulation offers additional resources that we've only begun to tap.

Robots Take Over Automotive Plant Floors

by George Weimer, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/03/2001

This article is courtesy of Material Handling Management Magazine The progress of robots in the past 30 years has been amazing.

July 2001

From Stodgy to Speedy: Advances in Gantry Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/30/2001

Through the mid 1990's, gantry robots were considered slow, inefficient and inflexible--the black sheep of the robotic family.

Multi-Axis Robots Provide Flexible Automation Solutions For Mobile Phone Manufacturers

by Bob Turner, Quadcom Ltd., and Mr. Simon Whitton

POSTED: 07/26/2001

It is estimated that there are now more than 40 million users of mobile phones in the UK.

June 2001

Robotic Gluing Spreads Cost Savings

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/28/2001

From lavatory sinks to insulated windows to automobile parts, it is difficult to find a product without glued parts, many of them the result of robotic gluing applications.

May 2001

PC Evolution Into Robotics to Be Showcased at Robots & Vision Show

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/29/2001

Several leading exhibitors at the upcoming International Robots & Vision Show in Chicago, June 5-7, will demonstrate how PC-based controller technology is impacting the robotics industry.

April 2001

More Robots Take Up Painting, Coating and Dispensing, Too

by Robert J. Kelsey and Hallie Forcinio, Contributing Editor, Managing Automation Magazine

POSTED: 04/27/2001

When you think about the millions of products that require a painted surface or perhaps a coating to protect a paint job or natural finish, it's not surprising there are thousands of robots performing these tasks as well as dispensing sealant to close gaps or join components.

March 2001

Consumer Products Produced by Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/28/2001

It is common knowledge that industrial robots help manufacture big ticket items like automobiles, aerospace components, tractors and bulldozers.

February 2001

Will Ergonomics Rule Lead To More Robotics Use?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/27/2001

New rules issued by the U.

January 2001

Robot Makers Feel Cautiously Optimistic About 2001

by Hallie Forcinio, Contributing Editor, Managing Automation Magazine

POSTED: 01/30/2001

Despite a slowdown in the economy, in general, and the automotive industry, in particular, robot sales for 2001 should be equal to or even better than 2000, according to most robotic industry executives.

Automation Advances Expand Robot Applications

by An Interview With Craig Jennings

POSTED: 01/29/2001

Q:  What Is The State Of The North American Robotics Industry? Jennings:  When I started in robotics 20 years ago, I had heard how the robot industry would do $1 billion by 1990.

December 2000

Robot/Vision Companies Poised on Brink of e-Business Golden Era

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/18/2000

E-Business and e-Commerce, although still in their infancy, are proving to yield multiple, significant benefits both for robot and vision companies and their customers.

November 2000

Clean Room Robots Sweep Up Big Savings In Semiconductor Applications

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/16/2000

Among the most compelling benefits of the use of Class 1 and Class 100 Clean Room Robots in semiconductor manufacturing are the reduction in scrap from broken wafers and chips, which translate into major cost savings in wafer handling.

October 2000

Robots For Material Removal Maintain Their Cutting Edge

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/16/2000

Robots used for laser or weld cutting of materials ranging from plastics, titanium, steel, aluminum, silver and gold, and even wood are seeing some of the most sophisticated advancements ever.

September 2000

Executive Interview: Rick Schneider, President & CEO, FANUC Robotics North America, Inc.

POSTED: 09/18/2000

How do you think the robotics industry will continue to grow in the coming years?  In the year 2000 and beyond, the robotics industry will continue to penetrate new industries by finding ways to help our customers lower the cost of manufacturing products by increased productivity and higher quality processes.

Robotic Safeguarding Devices Embody Higher Functionality At Lower Cost

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/18/2000

Safeguarding devices for robots essentially fall into five major categories-safety switches, optical devices such as light curtains or safety beams, safety mats, laser scanners, and lastly, bus-compatible systems, according to Roberta Nelson Shea, safety specialist with Honeywell International.

August 2000

Intelligent Assist Devices Coming of Age

by Hallie Forcinio, Contributing Editor, Managing Automation Magazine

POSTED: 08/17/2000

What's an IAD? It stands for intelligent assist device, but a definition is somewhat of a challenge.

July 2000

Advances in Robotic Simulation Deliver More Bang for the Buck

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/17/2000

Tangible advances in the art and science of robotic simulation add up to the delivery of multiple benefits to those manufacturers who use robots in their plants.

Robotic Vision Advances Center Around Software Technology Leaps

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/17/2000

Advances in robotic vision software are opening up new vistas in applications in both automotive and non-automotive industries.

June 2000

Selecting the Right System Integrator for Your Project

by Hallie Forcinio, Contributing Editor, Managing Automation Magazine

POSTED: 06/09/2000

A look at the key issues involved in selecting the right integrator for your specific needs If your company doesn't have the personnel with the skills or time to devote to a robotic installation, it's time to consider hiring a systems integrator.

Used Robots: Do They Make Sense for Your Company?

by Hallie Forcinio, Contributing Editor, Managing Automation Magazine

POSTED: 06/09/2000

A look at the pros and cons of used robots Although prices of new robots have dropped in recent years, a used unit still represents a significant cost savings, in some cases, more than 50 percent.

May 2000

Justifying Your Investment in Robotics

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/10/2000

There are several benchmarks that can be calculated in making a justification for installing robots in your applications; here are just a few of the most compelling: Labor savings Material savings and scrap reduction A quantum increase in quality of the finished product, because of robotic consistency and repeatability Material savings in areas like material dispensing Labor savings in worker injuries, in terms of lost time, treatment, and rehab Payback in ROI Product and market flexibility Reduction in inventories to accommodate Just in Time A significant gain in market share in beating the competition in time to market Reduction in changeover time from manufacturing products in batches Volume production to yield savings in manufacturing costs Increase in worker morale and confidence Removal of the human element in jobs that are dull, dirty, and dangerous Any or all of these factors can yield themselves to a formula for calculating savings, according to Tom Bartoshesky, account manager for KUKA Robotics (Sterling Heights, MI).

Robots Facilitate High-speed Welding

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/10/2000

People agree that a weld speed of 100 in.

March 2000

Robotic Palletizing: How the Technology Stacks Up

by Hallie Forcinio, Contributing Editor, Managing Automation Magazine

POSTED: 03/27/2000

It wasn't that long ago that it was unheard of to see a robot at a packaging show.

Designing Your Products for Robotic Automation

by Hallie Forcinio

POSTED: 03/27/2000

Success depends on attention to details Designing products for robotic automation requires switching from a linear to a concurrent thought process and attention to details.

Archive

Safety Light Curtains and Robotic Work Cells

by Russ Wood, Application Engineering Manager

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If they are to provide adequate personnel and machine safeguarding, robotic work cells require traditional safety considerations, as well as additional safety light curtain adaptations.

Yushin Servo Robot Improves Worker Safety

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Problem: Productivity and profitability are the benefits most often associated with molding robots, while one of the most important—safety—is sometimes overlooked.

How Robots are Used in the Composites Industry

by Rob Schwamberger, Sales Manager, Automotive Component Paint and General Industries

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Increasing costs and environmental regulations have forced composites manufacturers to consider robotic automation for the application of fiberglass chop and gel.

Blind Operator Learns how to Program and Operate a Robotic Arc Welding System

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In January 1999, Justin Pierce, of Mississippi Industries for the Blind (MIB), attended a basic robotic programming course at Motoman, Inc.


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