RIA releases study on hybrid sensor technology for robots.

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Led by New Markets Committee of RIA, research for study involved surveying RIA's membership and focused on assessing participants' organizational business type, extent and usage of material handling operations and technologies in their organization, and perceived potential value of hybrid sensor technology for material handling operations. Members can download results from the Members Only section of Robotics Online.



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RIA Completes Research on Hybrid Sensor Technology for Material Handling Robots



Free Report to Members - Hybrid Sensor Technology for Robots

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, April 12, 2007 - A new study on hybrid sensor technology for material handling applications has just been published by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), and it is free to qualified members. Leading the initiative was the New Markets Committee, a group of RIA members dedicated to fostering and nurturing the use of robots in new markets (i.e. medical, service, fast food, etc.) and new applications.

What exactly is a hybrid sensor? A hybrid sensor is a technology that combines one or more sensing techniques in a synergistic manner to provide feedback to a robot or another device for the purpose of doing useful work. The data from the multiple sensors is combined in such a way that the resulting information is greater than when the sources are used individually, i.e. 1 + 1 = 3.

''This market study on hybrid sensors is a free service to RIA members,'' said Donald A. Vincent, Executive Vice President, RIA. ''Members helped shape and guide the study, and members can download the results for free from the Members Only section of Robotics Online''

Research for this study involved surveying RIA's membership and focused on assessing the participants' organizational business type, the extent and usage of material handling operations and technologies in their organization, and the perceived potential value of hybrid sensor technology for material handling operations. Follow-up phone interviews with representative organizations were also performed to aid in the findings.

Dr. John Wright, Associate Professor of Automation and Electronics Technologies at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, conducted the research and stated, ''The market for the hybrid sensor in material handling applications appears to be strong.''

To learn more about how your fellow RIA member companies are using robotics and sensor technologies for their material handling applications and where they see the future for the use of hybrid sensor technology, please visit Members Only on Robotics Online. The report retails for $1,395 to non-members and is free to qualified members ($995 to non-qualified members). Contact Brian Huse for more information (bhuse@robotics.org, 734/994-6088).

About Robotic Industries Association
Founded in 1974, Robotic Industries Association is North America's only trade association dedicated solely to industrial robotics. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups, and consulting firms. Known globally as North America's representative to the International Federation of Robotics, and known locally as the only source of North American robot sales statistics, RIA has the industry's number-one Web site, Robotics Online, with more than one million visitors per year. The Association also sponsors the biennial International Robots & Vision Show, June 12-14, 2007, in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois.

Contact:
Brian Huse
734/994-6088
bhuse@robotics.org

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