ANN ARBOR, MI – Green manufacturing is still a young trend that requires new thinking, and robots are coming into their prime just in time to solve issues related to environmental responsibility – a topic explored in the new, 2009 Robotics Industry Directory. Copies are shipped free to qualified subscribers who visit Robotics Online ( Bonus distribution starts with the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show, June 9 to 11, 2009, in Rosemont (Chicago), IL.

Published with environmentally friendly ink on recycled paper, this members-only directory from Robotic Industries Association has 214 listings. It is filled with information about top makers of robots and accessories and includes a one-of-a-kind “User’s Guide to Robot Systems Integrators.”

“This is a real ‘Who’s Who’ of the industry,” says Brian Huse, director of RIA’s marketing and public relations. “It (the directory) has companies with 10, 20 and 30 years or more of membership in the Association. Some of the people listed are legends who developed the current state-of-the-industry, and every page leads you to a member that can deal with today’s business concerns.”

Copies of the directory are available upon request through Robotics Online, with a request form available in the Free Resources section. Members can download a PDF of the directory from their Robotics Online Member Control Panel.

Why focus on green manufacturing? “Robots play a pivotal role in the manufacturing process of everything from solar cells to the blades on wind turbines,” says Huse. “On top of that, they help companies improve quality and efficiency which reduces environmental impact from things like waste, re-work and energy expenditure.”

Economic development departments and governments around the world can use robots to gain an edge in their efforts to achieve leadership in renewable and alternative energy. Part of the economic growth in this new green era will entail high-technology jobs including robotics.

Robotic Industries Association publishes many resources to help today’s business leaders innovate and automate. From the printed directory to Robotics Online to sessions and exhibits at the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show, options are many and convenient.