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Hollow-wrist robotic torch system available in water-cooled version

July 28, 2015

American Weldquip offers a water-cooled version of the ArcSafe™ Advantage hollow-wrist robotic torch system. The 550 series has a rotary electrical joint that provides for +/- 360 degrees of rotation while eliminating electrical cable twisting or torsional strain. The system’s modular...

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Quick-change robotic torch system offered

July 28, 2015

American Weldquip has introduced the new ArcSafe™ QC Solid Mount quick-change robotic torch system, designed for use on robots with integrated collision software. Standard features include a heavy-walled gooseneck and a cable assembly for fast changeout. Optional features include air blast,...

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Offline programming software schedules robot tasks without causing downtime

July 27, 2015

ABB’s new RobotStudio® app in the Okuma App Store incorporates the IRC5 robot controller software, allowing users to schedule robot tasks such as training, programming, and optimization offline without causing downtime in production. The app is built on the company’s Virtual Controller,...

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Robot model handles hot forming processes

July 21, 2015

Schuler has unveiled two new models of its Crossbar Robot 4.0 for the automation of mechanical and hydraulic press lines and for retrofitting of existing lines. The 4.0 S is equipped with an additional shift axis that enables it to use the Crossbar feeder tooling, which in turn is used for...

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Evana Automation completes deburring station retool for automaker

July 21, 2015

Evana Automation Specialists, Evansville, Ind., a systems integrator and builder of custom automated assembly and test systems, has completed a turnkey retool on an automated deburring station for an automobile manufacturer. The retool allows the manufacturer to produce cylinder head water jackets...

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Coupling technology withstands high-speed loading in press transfer system

July 20, 2015

Güdel Inc. and ATI Industrial Automation have collaborated on a 3-axis transfer press system that features exchangeable transfer rails secured by couplers. According to the companies, the coupler mitigates common issues that cause other exchangeable rails to get stuck between die changes. ATI...

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Midwest Engineered Systems launches FANUC robotics web page

July 16, 2015

Midwest Engineered Systems Inc., a provider of complex system integration and a FANUC Robotics authorized integrator since 2002, has launched a FANUC Robotics web page at www.mwes.com/fanuc. The web page includes information about integration services, photos and videos of systems, and case...

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TigerStop hires director of marketing

July 15, 2015

TigerStop, a provider of automated stop/gauge and pusher systems, has hired Simon Spykerman as director of marketing at its Vancouver, Wash., headquarters. In this role, he focuses on the company’s marketing and information assets efforts in the digital landscape. Spykerman most recently...

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Robot designed for small, medium-sized companies

July 8, 2015

Comau has introduced the Racer3 high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot featuring a payload of 6.6 lbs. and a reach of 25 in. Built from high-strength aluminum, the robot can be mounted on benches, walls, ceilings, or inclined supports. The compact, rigid robot has applications in assembly,...

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ATI Industrial Automation to host annual Technology Fair on Aug. 13

July 2, 2015

ATI Industrial Automation will host its annual Technology Fair at its sales office in Orion Township, Mich., on Aug. 13. Presentations at the event will detail the company’s new and existing end effector products. Account managers and engineers will be available throughout the event to discuss...

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Conveyance system carries autobody sections through robotic workstations

June 11, 2015

Kuka Systems North America LLC has announced the commercial launch of its Pulse carrier conveyance system for automotive car body assembly lines. The patent-pending concept uses linear synchronous motor technology provided by MagneMotion of Devens, Mass., to move body sections through robotic...

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Torch cleaning is electrically powered

June 3, 2015

SKS Welding Systems offers the eReam torch cleaning system for use in automated arc welding. Featuring all-electric drives, the gas nozzle cleaning system offers energy-efficient cleaning with measurable and controllable electrical values for its milling unit, spraying unit, and optional wire...

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Blue Ocean Robotics, APS expand operations into U.S.

June 2, 2015

Blue Ocean Robotics ApS, a provider of emerging robots and automation systems based in Odense, Denmark, has opened an office in West Chester, Ohio. The office, operating as Blue Ocean Robotics LLC, is led by industry veteran Timothy DeRosett. Before joining the company, he served as director of...

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Esco Group partners with Siemens

June 2, 2015

Automation services provider Esco Group, Marion, Iowa, has announced that it is in a partnership with Siemens Corp., Automation and Drives, a Washington, D.C.-based subsidiary of Berlin-based Siemens A.G. Esco’s goal with this partnership is to grow its client reach and move into new...

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Midwest Engineered Systems receives Kuka System Partner Outstanding Growth Award

June 1, 2015

Midwest Engineered Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and automation systems in Waukesha, Wis., has received the 2014 Kuka System Partner Outstanding Growth Award. The award recognizes the company for having the greatest percentage increase in unit sales by a Kuka Robotics systems...

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