Free copies of the 2004-05 supplier directory by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) is now available at www.roboticsonline.com. New this year is a quick-reference table, "User's Guide to Robot Systems Integrators," that presents listings sorted by applications areas. Other firsts include the features titled "A 30-Year Perspective: The Past and Future of Robotics" and "Keep Domestic Manufacturing Strong by Investing in Robotic Automation." Also included are new and improved supplier profiles, editorials, and factoids on the RIA's 30th anniversary.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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