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Rosemont, IL, September 24, 2013 -- This October, thousands of manufacturing engineers and managers will visit The ASSEMBLY Show in Rosemont, IL, to see the latest technology in robotics and assembly automation. This industry segment is growing as North American robotics companies shattered previous opening quarter records for robots ordered and shipped in the first quarter of 2013, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA).


A total of 5,833 robots valued at $341.2 million were ordered from North American robotics companies through March, an increase of 14.5 percent in units over the same period in 2012 and 10 percent above the previous first quarter record set in 2005.

First quarter shipments to North American customers totaled 5,736 robots valued at $369.5 million, breaking the previous records for an opening quarter set in 2012 by 24.6 percent in units and 23.3 percent in dollars.

The activity was especially strong in the following industries: automotive components; food and consumer goods; semiconductor and electronics; life sciences and pharmaceuticals; and plastics and rubber products.

"It is great to see the record demand for robots continuing into 2013, following our record-breaking year in 2012," said Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. "While activity continues to be strong with automotive OEMs and tier suppliers, the real story is the resurgence of other industries. Nonautomotive orders grew 15 percent over 2012."

Indeed, Adept Technology Inc. announced in June that it had received a $2.6 million robot order from Taiwanese electronics assembler Castec International Corp. Adept will supply Castec with vision-guided SCARA robots to produce subassemblies for smart phones.

That same month, Chinese electronics assembler Foxconn Technology announced that it was well on its way to creating a "million robot army." In fact, the company has already deployed 20,000 robots at its assembly plants worldwide. Think about that: Despite access to a billion low-cost laborers, Chinese manufacturers are investing heavily in robotics.

The activity was especially strong in the following industries: automotive components; food and consumer goods; semiconductor and electronics; life sciences and pharmaceuticals; and plastics and rubber products.

Closer to home, faucet maker RSS Manufacturing recently installed a machine-tending robot at its assembly plant in Stony Brook, NY. Before installing the robot, manually loading and unloading 1,500 units on a tube bender would take three days. With the robot, the same job takes just four hours.

Leading robotics suppliers such as ATI Industrial Automation, EPSON Robots, IPR Robotics, Janome Industrial Equipment and SCHUNK Inc. will be among the 150 exhibitors at The ASSEMBLY Show, which will take place Oct. 28-30 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

In addition to robotics suppliers, The Assembly Show will also play host to the nation's top systems integrators, including ATC Automation, ATS Automation, Doerfer Companies, Edgewater Automation, Genesis Automation, Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing, Ixmation North America, McClellan Automation, Micro Automated Systems Group, and Rapid Development Services Corp. These companies integrate robots, vision systems, transfer systems and other technologies into automated assembly lines customized for your specific needs.

For engineers looking to implement something a little smaller in scale, The Assembly Show also features numerous exhibitors displaying specialized robotic technologies for semiautomatic production. For example, suppliers such as Fisnar, Graco Inc., Nordson EFD, PVA and Sealant Equipment & Engineering Inc. will be showing a variety of robots designed specifically for dispensing adhesives and sealants. Exhibitors such as ASG Jergens Inc. and Design Tool Inc. will be displaying screwdriving robots.


The ASSEMBLY Show is sponsored by ASSEMBLY (, a monthly trade magazine read by 56,000 engineers and managers responsible for manufacturing and designing cars, computers, catheters, coffee makers, etc. ASSEMBLY covers the processes, technologies and strategies for joining discrete parts into finished products. The event is produced by BNP Media (, one of the country's leading business-to-business media companies serving professionals across 50+ industries. For more information and to register to attend, visit

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