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Miniature modular encoders suited for many motion control applications

April 10, 2014

Heidenhain offers the ERO 1200/1400 series of modular optical rotary encoders without integral bearing. The noncontact encoders are suitable for motion control use on dynamic stages and machines in the general automation and semiconductor industries, such as pick-and-place machines. They also are...

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Robotic torch system offers 360-degree rotation

March 26, 2014

The ArcSafe™ Advantage robotic torch system from American Weldquip is designed for use on all hollow-wrist robots. The system’s rotary electrical joint provides unlimited, continuous 360-degree rotation to allow for shorter rotational reorientations during weld programming. It also...

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Vision-guided technology speeds setup time

March 24, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart-camera system that helps simplify vision-guided robotics applications. Using 2-D vision guidance, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location, offering inspection, defect detection, guidance, alignment, and...

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Parts transfer system helps increase productivity on tandem press lines

March 24, 2014

ABB offers the IRB 6660FX, a flexible transfer system for medium-size parts. Suitable for use with new and existing press lines, the system comprises a dual-action unit that creates a 7-axis robot, allowing parts to be transferred rapidly along a linear path without rotation. The system also...

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Single-cable system for servo drive reduces hardware requirements

February 11, 2014

All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With HMC 6, the Hybrid Motor Cable Project, Heidenhain has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical...

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Micro robotic tool changer provides flexibility for extremely light payloads

January 29, 2014

The QC-001 micro robotic tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation is suitable for high-speed "spider" or parallel-link robots. The compact, 4.3-oz. tool changer allows for multiple assembly, dispensing, sorting, and material handling operations to be performed by one robot. The tool changer...

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Robot's curved upper arm handles variety of applications

January 14, 2014

The new 6-axis MH12 robot from Yaskawa Motoman is suitable for assembly, dispensing, material handling, machine tending, and packaging applications. Its new curved upper arm allows a reach of 56.7 in. The patented double-yoke design also offers additional strength if the robot crashes because...

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Transfer system adds to high-speed press automation

January 9, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the Twin Robot Xbar (TRX), a robot-based system for loading and unloading presses without the need for press modification. Output is rated up to 16 parts/min. for big panels in tandem press lines. The system can be retrofitted to existing press lines. Using two...

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Education package provides robotic course curriculum, hands-on training to schools

January 7, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the SMART (software, maintenance and robotics training) Education Package, available to qualifying schools to help educate and provide hands-on training to students on the basics of manufacturing automation technology and the programming, safe operation, and maintenance...

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Vision-guided technology designed for robotics applications - TheFabricator.com

Vision-guided technology designed for robotics applications

December 12, 2013

ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart camera system for 2-D vision-guided robotics applications. Powered by Cognex, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location. According to the manufacturer, the result is robust inspection, defect...

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Compact robots designed for spot welding applications - TheFabricator.com

Compact robots designed for spot welding applications

December 5, 2013

The new high-speed MS165 and MS210 spot welding robots from Yaskawa Motoman are 20 percent faster overall than previous ES-series robots, the manufacturer reports. The use of a gas spring and Sigma-5 motor technology results in a lighter weight and a reduced-profile design to allow higher robot...

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Welding robot offers improved welding speed - TheFabricator.com

Welding robot offers improved welding speed

December 4, 2013

Yaskawa Motoman offers the new 6-axis MA1440 arc welding robot, which features a 6-kg payload. The wrist hole is 23 percent larger than the MA1400 model, and the robot is up to 15 percent faster. A new contoured arm structure reduces interference by enlarging the close-range motion area of the...

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Robotic GMAW gun designed for use with through-arm style robots - TheFabricator.com

Robotic GMAW gun designed for use with through-arm style robots

November 25, 2013

The TOUGH GUN™ ThruArm™ G1 series robotic GMAW gun from Tregaskiss provides 500 amps of welding capability. Featuring the low-stress robotic (LSR) unicable, the gun is designed for use with through-arm-style robots. Features include a rotating power connection to limit the influence...

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Robotic torches come with options for automated welding - TheFabricator.com

Robotic torches come with options for automated welding

November 20, 2013

Lincoln Electric says its expanded line of Magnum® PRO robotic torches provides consistent arc and simplified maintenance in automated GMAW, pulsed GMAW, and FCAW. The guns are suitable for industrial fabrication, heavy equipment, and automotive manufacturing applications. The Air Blast...

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Extended-arm models added to robot line - TheFabricator.com

Extended-arm models added to robot line

November 7, 2013

TM Robotics (Americas) Inc. has added three models with extended arm lengths to its line of lightweight SCARA robots. The THL800, THL900, and THL1000 have arm lengths of 800 mm, 900 mm, and 1,000 mm, respectively, moving payloads up to 22 lbs. over a long distance. All models are equipped with...

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