New robot ‘market incubator’ program from RIA


Robotic Industries Association (RIA), billed as North America’s only trade association dedicated solely to industrial robotics, just announced its “Robot Market Incubator Program.” RIA refers to this program as a comprehensive effort to develop new markets for robotic technology and continue the industry’s unprecedented growth. “Today, robotics is too affordable to overlook; too successful to ignore; and surprisingly underused despite runaway market demand in recent years,” says Donald A. Vincent, RIA executive vice president.

Kicking off the Incubator Program is the Robot Market Assessment Program (RMAP), under which interested parties can receive RIA funding and support for formal analysis of potential new markets for industrial robots, says the association. First round of funding requests will be accepted through March 31, 2006, for evaluation and selection by June 30.


Volunteers from 13 companies in the RIA New Markets Committee head up the initiative. Ben Sagan of Kuka Robotics chairs the committee, replacing RIA’s new president, Trevor Jones of Thermo Electron Corp . RIA’s board of directors has dedicated resources for RMAP, based on entries that successfully demonstrate an opportunity for using robotics in new markets or applications. Evaluation criteria include:

Entries must be sponsored by more than one RIA member; study results are shared with qualified members.


“Why should a company want to work with RIA in a market assessment?” asks Vincent. “The Association, which is guided by industry leaders from the supplier, user, researcher and integration ranks, can tap into a network of experts at some 250 member companies—there is no higher concentration of robot knowledge in the U.S., and for more than 30 years RIA has been dedicated to growing the market.”


He adds, “If you think you see an opportunity in a new area, for instance recreational vehicles or homeland security or medical [etc.], let RIA fund the initial research to help you validate your technology or business plan.”


For inquiries about Robot Market Incubator Program and RMAP, contact Vincent ( ) or Brian Huse, RIA’s director, marketing and public relations ( ).


RMAP continues the association’s tradition of promoting safe use and adoption of robotics in North America. RIA sponsors the industry’s biennial International Robots & Vision Show, regional workshops, and an annual “state of the industry” forum.

Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Intelligent, efficient PLC programming: Cost-saving programming languages are available now; Automation system upgrades; Help from the cloud; Improving flow control; System integration tips
Smarter machines require smarter systems; Fixing PID, part 3; Process safety; Hardware and software integration; Legalities: Integrated lean project delivery
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
PLCs, robots, and the quest for a single controller; how OEE is key to automation solutions.
This article collection contains several articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again