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December 2012

Robotics Industry Forum: Join 200+ Leaders in Orlando
(Orlando, FL - February 20-22, 2013)

The excitement and attendance keeps building! Over 200 leaders have already registered for the 20th Annual RIA Robotics Industry Forum and collocated AIA and MCA Business Conferences set for February 20-22, 2013 at the Orlando World Marriott Center in Orlando, Florida. View pre-registration list

The Forum generates this kind of excitement by featuring insightful talks on new market opportunities, automation market trends and important industry advances, including these General Session keynote highlights:

  • The Future of Technology
    Dr. Michio Kaku, American Theoretical Physicist, Best Selling Author and TV Host
  • Additive Manufacturing: Impact on Industry
    Todd Grimm, President, T.A. Grimm & Associates, Inc.
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Automation in Life Sciences
    Pedro L. Diaz, Life Sciences Research, Beckman Coulter, Inc.
  • Innovations in Manufacturing Robots (Keynote)
    Rodney Brooks, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics

View current agenda.

Plus, you'll meet with other top executives from the robotics, vision & imaging and the motion control industries. Networking with peers will help you gain the information necessary to grow your business.

The hotel block is filling quickly. Make your airfare and hotel accommodation plans today!
View: Agenda, current attendees, online registration and more, call RIA at +1-734-994-6088.

Machine Vision Sales in North America Down 4% through September

Total machine vision sales in North America are down four percent year over year for the first nine months of 2012, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry's trade group and sister association of RIA. The decrease in total machine vision sales resulted primarily from the weakening of machine vision system sales through September 2012, which fell five percent. more 

AIA's Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report is available free of charge to all AIA members participating in AIA's sales data program. For more information about this AIA report and the machine vision  industry, or about membership to access the report, visit www.visiononline.org or contact AIA Headquarters at +1-734-994-6088.

New A3 Market Study: Additive Manufacturing and Automation
Will 3D Printing Displace Automation Technologies?

Insightful and clearly written, 29-page study is essential reading for upper-management, sales personnel, engineers, strategic planners and financial analysts who are focused on the near and long-term future of machine vision, motion control and robotics and who seek new market opportunities. RIA members, download for free. Available for $350 to non-members. For more details and order info on this brand new featured white paper, click:

Additive Manufacturing and Automation - Will 3D Printing Displace Automation Technologies?

Note: RIA Members can download for free. Non-members can purchase or obtain at no cost through membership (membership details) or by calling 1+734-994-6088.

RIA Announces Milestone for Certified Robot Integrator Program

Ten leading system integrators have now received the new Certified Robot Integrator designation from the Robotic Industries Association. QComp Technologies, Inc. and Wynright Robotics Solutions are the two newest RIA Certified Robot Integrators. more

Certified Robot Integrator Program Accepting Applications

RIA's Certified Robot Integrator program, having reached the milestone level of ten certified integrators, invites additional integrators to apply for certification. Applications are being accepted. Each Integrator goes through a rigorous process including an on-site audit, safety training and a hands-on testing of key personnel to confirm that they meet the requirements of the new Certified Robot Integrator designation.

For details, a listing of the current ten certified robot integrators and an application, click: more.

Engelberger Medal2013 Joseph F. Engelberger Awards: RIA is Accepting Nominations

The Robotic Industries Association has just opened nominations for the world's most prestigious robotics honor, the 2013 Engelberger Robotics Award. The 2013 awards will be presented in Seoul, South Korea, during the 44th International Symposium on Robotics in October, 2013. Nomination form, details.

Free Robotics Webinars: End Effectors; Design, Controls & Software
Basics of Robot End Effectors
(January 17, 2013, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST)

Free webinar describes robot end effectors including parallel jaw, vacuum and magnet based solutions. Two or three position grasps and servo based design solution approaches will be discussed. Force and torque sensing techniques will be described and grip compliance, collision avoidance and breakaway options will be covered. Details/registration...

Robot Design, Integrated Controls & Software Architectures of Industrial Robotics
(February 28, 2013, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST)

This free webinar describes relevant industrial robot designs and improvements for various applications. Integrated controls on increasingly powerful robot controllers with multiprocessing, multitasking and coordinated device control will be discussed. Software architectures, their evolution, enhancements and use in current applications will be explored. Details/registration...

View Full Webinar Lineup: Upcoming 2013 Webinars
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Robot Safety Compliance Training Trio Slated for Early 2013 in U.S.
(Orlando, FL - February 26; Tanner, AL - March 5; Apex, NC - April 9, 2013)

Robot safety training seminars will be conducted by RIA in three regional U.S. locations, including the first-ever stop in Apex, North Carolina. The three consecutive months of training commence in February, with Orlando kicking off the 2013 sessions on February 26, followed by Tanner, Alabama (hosted by Alabama Industrial Development Training -AIDT) on March 5 and Apex, NC (hosted by ATI Industrial Automation) on April 9. Each seminar begins with R15.06 Robot Safety Standard training, followed by a session on Risk Assessment. Seminars looks towards the requirements as anticipated in the new R15.06 Standard document as contained in the new ISO 10218 Standards.

As details become available: View Robot Safety Training Seminars

Save-the-Date: 25th National Robot Safety Conference
(Indianapolis, IN - October 14-16, 2013)

RIA's 25th anniversary National Robot Safety Conference will feature an in-depth review of the new R15.06 standard (2012 Edition). Three-day event includes conference sessions and workshops on robot safety, machine and robot standards, case studies, tabletop exhibits and more. This is training that you simply can't get elsewhere!

As details become available: View 25th National Robot Safety Conference

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