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Kuka launches website in support of STEM education

May 22, 2015

Kuka Robotics Corp., Shelby Township, Mich., has launched a new website at www.kukaconnect.com. The site ties in with the company’s campaign to support and promote STEM education and...

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June 4 webinar to cover connection of robots and PLCs to equipment

May 21, 2015

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a one-hour webinar on June 4 about connecting robots and PLCs to legacy equipment, such as CNC machines and presses. Topics will include wireless and remote control, protocols, and networks. To register, visit...

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ABB opens robotics manufacturing facility in Michigan

May 20, 2015

Zurich-based ABB has opened a new robotics manufacturing plant at its facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., which the company says makes it the first industrial robotics firm to produce robots in the U.S. The portfolio of products manufactured at the new facility will expand in phases, with the goal...

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Clark Metal Products adds automated welding robot cell

May 20, 2015

Clark Metal Products, a manufacturer of precision metal components based in Blairsville, Pa., has added an automated welding robot cell to its operations. The Lincoln Electric System 40 robotic welder with a horizontal turntable system is suitable for small to medium-size parts that can be...

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Vision-guided robots consolidate their place in the press shop

May 13, 2015

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Advancements in robotic technology are extending their functionality and improving their performance. Often a robot is expected to do more than move from programmed position A to position B; it must operate “smarter” and act upon other inputs, such as vision systems or force feedback. The applications for integration of vision systems and robots are almost endless but the most common application is vision guidance for the robot

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Comau builds car body welding line for Jeep factory in Brazil

May 7, 2015

Comau has completed the construction of a car body welding line for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles factory in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil, where the Jeep® Renegade® is produced. The highly complex project, which Comau has worked on since its inception in 2010, comprises 640 robots. Nicknamed...

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Primetals Technologies supplies robots to voestalpine Stahl for converter steel works

April 28, 2015

Primetals Technologies, London, has received an order for three robot systems from voestalpine Stahl GmbH, an Austrian steel producer. The robots will manipulate the probes in the three LD (BOF) converters in the Linz steel works. The robots will take over work in hazardous areas that previously...

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End-of-arm tooling offering expanded

April 23, 2015

SAS Automation now offers the full line of Nile air-actuated cutting tools and Merry hand-operated cutting tools. This is the first time the company has offered a full line of products outside of its own engineered end-of-arm tooling (EOAT)...

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Kuka Aerospace expands in Michigan

April 21, 2015

Kuka Systems, an international supplier of engineering services and flexible automation systems, has announced plans to expand its facility in Clinton Township, Mich., to support the further growth of its aerospace business. Groundbreaking is expected in early...

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Evana Automation ships two assembly systems to Tier 1 automotive supplier

April 21, 2015

Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems in Evansville, Ind., has shipped two custom assembly systems to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of fuel and braking fluid delivery components that will fabricate low-pressure fuel rail...

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Dual-arm robot works collaboratively with humans

April 21, 2015

ABB has introduced YuMi®, which the company says is the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm industrial robot. While the robot was specifically designed to meet the flexible and agile production needs of the consumer electronics industry, it has equal application in any small-parts...

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Tregaskiss sponsors winning FIRST Robotics team headed to world competition

April 17, 2015

Windsor, Ont.-based Tregaskiss, a manufacturer of robotic GMAW guns, peripherals, and consumables, partnered with Vincent Massey Secondary School of Windsor, Ont., to sponsor its robotics team for the Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Regional FIRST® Robotics tournament on April 2-3, 2015. The event...

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FIRST Championship, April 22-25, to showcase youths’ automation inventiveness

April 16, 2015

More than 17,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, from around the world will gather in St. Louis April 22-25, 2015, for the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship. They will enter the robots they have built in competitions that highlight excellence in science,...

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ABB acquires Gomtec

April 16, 2015

ABB, Hanover, Germany, has acquired Gomtec GmbH, based near Munich, to expand its offering in the field of collaborative robots. Gomtec is a privately held company that develops mechatronic systems combining mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control, and computer engineering for customers...

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The robots are coming

April 15, 2015

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Robots replacing fabricators is not likely to happen in the next few years. However some predict that robots may replace almost 50 percent of all kinds of jobs in the future. That is likely to include some fabrication jobs.

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