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Shopping cart manufacturer rings up productivity gains with automated bending cell

November 21, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Shopping cart manufacturer Technibilt has been incorporating automation little by little over the last few decades, but recently took a big step when it solicited bids for a transfer system that would bend and punch tube to make shopping cart frames.

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Need welders? Automation can help!

November 16, 2016 | By Chris Anderson

Finding good welders is a real issue for some fab shops, but so is the anxiety attached to integrating robotic welding to help fill the gaps. Pinpointing the appropriate skill set for robotic welding programmers is important to ensure you have the right person in place to run the machine. Industry also has stepped up to deliver systems that make robotic programming easier and faster for individuals who have limited programming training.

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New housing, mixed-reality technology added to automated production systems

November 16, 2016

Wemo has updated the design concept of its automated production systems with a colorful, strong housing. It eliminates the need for a safety fence and protects the production line from dust, dirt, and other outside influences to help reduce failures, stoppages, and damage. The housing also provides...

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Cartesian robot eliminates calibration steps

October 28, 2016

TM Robotics, in partnership with Toshiba Machine, has introduced the BAIII Cartesian robot. It offers plug-and-play function: all cables, junction boxes, brackets, motors, and controllers are supplied with the actuators, so there is no need for calibration between the motor and actuator or between...

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Deburring system handles 500 fineblanked parts per hour

October 25, 2016

Abtex Corp. has developed a system for a customer that combines its Tri-Ten technology with robotics and a custom-designed circular table. The system deburrs nearly 500 fineblanked parts per hour while taking up 12 sq. ft. on the manufacturing floor. The system uses three 10-in. nylon filament...

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Collaborative robots work safely beside humans

October 25, 2016

The latest evolution of robots, known as collaborative robots, can work side by side with humans to serve their needs and, in doing so, reduce fatigue, improve results, and increase the level of control and process integration. But how is it possible for humans and robots to work together?According...

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JMP Eng. achieves fourth technology designation with Rockwell Automation

October 18, 2016

London, Ont.-based JMP Eng., an engineering services company providing controls, information, and smart robotics systems for manufacturers, has announced it has met all requirements to receive both the Rockwell Automation Power Quality and Energy Management (PQ&EM) and Information and Enterprise...

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Welding gun models weigh less than 155 lbs.

October 12, 2016

CenterLine has introduced the FlexGun™ UL, the lightest-weight robotic spot welding gun that the company offers. It is available in X, C, and pinch base designs and nearly 100 standard model configurations.Most of the models weigh less than 155 lbs., making the gun suitable for use on...

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Robotic welding workcell minimizes floor space requirements

October 5, 2016

The ArcWorld® IV-6200SL Slim-Line workcell from Yaskawa Motoman features dual MA1440 arc welding robots with a DX200 controller, a high-speed Ferris wheel positioner, integrated welding package, operator interface, and a total safety environment. The RM2 positioner reduces floor space requirements...

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Hardware/software system recognizes, picks randomly placed parts

October 5, 2016

MotoSight™ 3D CanonVision is a hardware/software system from Yaskawa Motoman that uses a single 3-D machine vision head to recognize and pick parts that are randomly placed in bins. The system uses a Canon camera, which employs projected light patterns to locate the parts. Lighting is integrated...

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Robotic welding in a small shop

October 5, 2016 | By Dan Davis

TnL Welding, Sidney, Ohio, is a two-person operation with four robotic cells. Todd Whitt is the welder with the talent for getting automation to work smoothly. Kristen Whitt is getting her B.S. degree in welding technology by learning tips and tricks from her dad.

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The evolving bending-to-blanking ratio in metal fabrication

October 4, 2016 | By Dustin Diehl, Scott Ottens

How many lasers and punch presses do you have? How many press brakes? Determining the best ratio isn’t as straightforward as it once was. It’s a puzzle that must be looked at holistically. The trick is discovering which pieces fit best for your operation.

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Weld Systems Integrators names industry sales manager

October 3, 2016

Weld Systems Integrators Inc. (WSI), Warrensville Heights, Ohio, has hired Niels H. Johnson as industry sales manager. He has more than 10 years of industrial sales and marketing experience, including six years in the resistance welding industry. Before joining the company, he was director of sales...

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Atlas names director of engineering

September 29, 2016

Atlas Technologies LLC, Fenton, Mich., a provider of press-to-press automation and system integrations, has hired Patrick Schwartz as director of engineering, responsible for the mechanical and controls engineering departments. Schwartz has 24 years of automation experience, working previously for...

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Beckhoff USA opens sales/support office in Texas

September 28, 2016

Savage, Minn.-based Beckhoff Automation LLC has opened a regional sales and support office in Plano, Texas. The 2,600-sq.-ft. office provides sales and engineering expertise for customers in the south-central U.S.The facility includes sales offices, engineering labs, and training facilities. Local...

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