Happy Holidays – Believers in Robots and Automation Rejoice!


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

All of us here at Robotic Industries Association hope you enjoy a happy and prosperous holiday season! As 2010 comes to a close, we anticipate a much-improved year in 2011. Optimism is fueled by increases in robot orders (up 34% through three quarters), gains in RIA membership (up 10% for the year), and RIA has many new benefits to help your business thrive.

Special regards to new members – 70 companies joined RIA this year, the most new members in several seasons. Hope we see you at the Forum and at Automate 2011!

RIA Shares Holiday Treats

If you are interested in opportunities in warehousing, fuel cells, wind turbines or food processing we have market studies to help you determine business drivers. These are free to RIA members!

Whatever your business, a good way to prepare for the New Year is to pre-register now for a free show badge to Automate 2011, March 21-24, McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

This all-new show goes beyond robots, vision and motion control technology by emphasizing solutions. In fact, systems integrators are at the front of the show. Have you booked your space, yet?

Remember, ProMat is collocated with Automate, giving the event a powerhouse combination of solution providers for material handling, warehousing,  logistics, robots, motion and vision technology.

If you want to build your career through specialized training, you can become a Certified Vision Professional from Automated Imaging Association and bone up on the fundamentals of flexible automation.

Count on networking with the best at this RIA event where you can consider membership in leading trade associations. It can be overwhelming to go through all the advantages of RIA membership so if there is just one way to make the most of it, we suggest you attend the members-only Robotics Industry Forum. We convene January 19-21, 2011, in Orlando Florida, and even if the weather is perfect the sessions and high-level networking make our meeting rooms the best place to be for two-and-a-half days at Disney. (Disney is always enchanting so of course we have some extracurricular treats planned, too.)

2011 has great significance. We mark 50 years of robotics since the first industrial robot was installed (a Unimate at General Motors). Milestones of the industry – past, present and future – will be highlighted at Automate 2011. For instance, a new robot safety standard is slated to go for vote and approval next year. It heralds a new age where worker-robot collaboration is safer and more convenient.

We can talk about all that and more at the Forum. Don’t wait to reserve a room at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – they are going fast! (Call the hotel at 407/934-3372 and request the Robotic Industries Association room block for the special rate of $189 per night plus tax. Use Group Code #G0564170.)

RIA remains committed to helping its members find a brighter future. We aim to broaden our role as the primary resource for robotics information, to work more closely with system integrators, end users and schools with robotics programs (thank you RIA Educator Sponsors!), and to making all of our events and activities more valuable for members.

RIA and its sister trade groups, the Automated Imaging Association and Motion Control Association, represent more than 550 leading automation companies. More than 300 of the top executives from all our Associations will be at the Forum.

As we look forward to 2011 and the new Automate Show, we know every member has great prospects ahead as automation becomes vital to the success of more and more companies around the globe. We look forward to helping our members as they take advantage of these opportunities.

With warm holiday regards,

Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, RIA

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