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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. Heightened levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere lead to global warming, which in the long run can jeopardize our future on

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. The German automation sector is highly international with exports amounting to 80%, and imports at 67%. Germany produces 14% of the

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.  Your association is busy with our continuing efforts to support this resolution, including the upcoming 2008

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. As we look forward to our next National Robot Safety Conference (XIX) we can share highlights of what is new, and therefore provide information to help you decide whether to

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. Ethernet connections usually link networked robots together. While networking robots have its benefits, care must be

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. ‘‘Competitiveness has never been greater. In terms of manufacturing, this has driven two points of the four-point GM Turnaround Plan – to

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. From dealing with chemicals that are explosive to handling radioactive substances, robots are routinely used to perform tasks that would kill or maim people.  Robots are

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. And when you add the need to meet strict safety-code requirements, it becomes a formula for finding new ways to

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. In many cases, this has been as the instructor conducting the Robot

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.  This was an excellent chance to learn of new developments and trends in the international market place.  Held in Bonn, Germany, this was the second in a series.  The next conference is

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. Following is a look forward based on a correspondence I recently sent to a student to address in a small way a

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. Robotics deliver flexible and tireless operation in many roles disagreeable or dangerous to humans.  But along with these benefits comes the responsibility of developing a safe


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