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RIA Honors Educator Sponsors

POSTED 02/15/2012

n Arbor, Michigan) The Robotic Industries Association, the industry’s trade group, announced today that it is honoring fourteen member companies for their sponsorship of 23 institutions with an Educator/Researcher membership in RIA. Ten companies (ABB Inc.; Applied Manufacturing Technologies; ATI Industrial Automation; FANUC Robotics America Corporation; KUKA Robotics Corporation; Motoman Robotics division of Yaskawa America, Inc.; PaR Systems, Inc.; SAS Automation, LLC; SCHUNK Inc. and Stäubli Robotics) were recently joined by Dane Systems, LLC.; IPR Robotics, LLC; JR Automation Technologies LLC and KEBA Corporation to complete the listing.

RIA President, Jeff Burnstein, said, “We have reached a new high-water mark for company sponsor participation. We want to acknowledge the outstanding leadership that these RIA member companies have demonstrated.  Not only are they assisting in the development of some of our nation’s finest future automation engineers, technicians and personnel, but they are strengthening the institutions themselves through their participation.”

Catherine Morris, Senior Account Manager at ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, North Carolina and Chair of Robotic Industries Association, whose company is one of the educator sponsors agreed, “Participating companies have the opportunity to make inroads into the classrooms of the institutions they sponsor through presentations made directly to students and joint research projects, while the schools enjoy a pipeline to industry experts and support.”

Morris pointed to other benefits, “The sponsoring companies also obtain the advantage of having connections for job recruiting and for building brand awareness with the students.  It’s really a wonderful ‘win-win’ relationship for both sponsoring RIA member companies and for the educational institutions being sponsored.”

Burstein indicated, “The current sponsors are recognized on the association’s Robotics Online website through a special page designated for schools and their corporate sponsors.  And now, throughout the website’s pages, we are highlighting each company sponsor with a new RIA Educator Member Sponsor button ad. As additional member companies become sponsors, they will be inserted into the ad as well.

A complete list of all the sponsored institutions, benefits of membership sponsorship to both company and institution and additional details can be found on the association’s “Schools & Corporate Sponsors” website page on Robotics Online.

About RIA

Founded in 1974, RIA’s 265 member organizations include leading robot manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, community colleges & universities, research groups, and consulting firms.  RIA is best-known for developing the ANSI/RIA National Robot Safety Standard, collecting quarterly statistics on the North American robotics market, sponsoring the biennial Automate show and conference, hosting the annual Robotics Industry Forum, and producing Robotics Online, the world’s leading resource for robotics information.

RIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), formerly known as the Automation Technologies Council.  Other associations under the A3 umbrella are AIA, an association for vision & imaging companies, and the Motion Control Association (MCA).

For more information on RIA, visit www.robotics.org or contact RIA Headquarters at 734/994-6088.

Jim Adams
Manager, Marketing & Public Relations