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RIA Membership Surges in 2011

POSTED 06/06/2011

(ANN ARBOR, Michigan USA) Compared to a year ago, membership is up 26 percent at Robotic Industries Association, the only North American trade association dedicated solely to robotics. RIA has five categories of membership, including one for users which accounts for a growing segment of the 270-plus companies and institutions that belong to RIA.

“RIA places great emphases on reaching companies that currently use or are considering using robots,” said Jeff Burnstein, RIA President. “Users join the Association to network with suppliers, integrators and experts who can help them find solutions to their challenges.”

Users help drive RIA activities through participation on committees as well as on the RIA Board of Directors. Among the Directors this year are representatives from the U.S. Postal Service, General Motors, Pepperidge Farm, Procter & Gamble and Spirit AeroSystems.

RIA has more than 30 new members so far this year. They include (users in bold):

RIA’s mission is to improve the regional, national and global competitiveness of North American manufacturing and service sectors through promotion, education and enhancement of robotics and related automation.

“A significant number of RIA’s members are companies that use robots,” said Burnstein. “These members can be found on the Board, in committees, in Ask the Experts and as speakers for Association events like our National Robot Safety Conference. Thanks to this mix, RIA reflects current business issues in this dynamic industry.”

A guide to suppliers, integrators, consultants and educators is provided by RIA in Robotics Online (www.robotics.org). The website includes a Member Control Panel (dashboard) used regularly by members who post information, respond to inquiries and gather intelligence on the industry. Every year, RIA holds the annual Robotics Industry Forum (January 18-20, Orlando, Florida) for members only. This high-level networking event takes place in conjunction with business conferences for Automated Imaging Association and Motion Control Association. These and other activities ensure members have an inside track on drivers and conditions that shape the industry.

Founded in 1974, RIA represents leading robot manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, educators, research groups, and consulting firms. The association sponsors the biennial Automate Show and Conference plus many regional events, and is secretariat of the ANSI/RIA R15.06 Robot Safety Standard. RIA also serves as North America’s representative to the International Federation of Robotics and provides detailed quarterly North American robot statistics. Full information on RIA activities is on Robotics Online (www.robotics.org), the world’s leading robotics resource on the Worldwide Web.


Brian Huse
Robotic Industries Association