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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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Daihen opens Midwest office in Iowa

April 13, 2015

Daihen Inc., a subsidiary of Daihen Corp., manufacturer of arc welding equipment including robots and peripheral devices, has opened a new office and demonstration center in Davenport, Iowa. The facility—the company’s sixth in North America—includes a live demonstration area for its...

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ABB opens new automation and power service office in Louisiana

April 13, 2015

ABB has opened a new local service office in Sulphur, La. The office provides services and support for the company’s automation and power portfolio, including control systems, instrumentation, analytical products, low-voltage drives, and power systems and products. Staffed with engineering,...

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Kuka opens new aerospace facility in France

April 10, 2015

Kuka Systems Aerospace has opened a new R&D and production facility for advanced automation systems in Le Haillan, France. The plant manufactures multifunction end effectors for robotic processes used in aircraft assembly. The company acquired the French operation Alema Automation, a...

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Wolf Robotics hosts Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper

April 8, 2015

Gov. John Hickenlooper toured Wolf Robotics, Fort Collins, Colo., on March 19, 2015. He was accompanied by Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat, City Manager Darin Atteberry, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Fiona Arnold, and Industry...

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igus to demonstrate products at Rhode Island Robot Block Party on April 11

April 2, 2015

East Providence, R.I.-based igus, a provider of motion plastics and founder of the Young Engineers Support program, will wrap up National Robotics Week with an educational celebration at the 2nd annual Robot Block Party, April 11 at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center, from 12:00 to 4:00...

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Robot offers elevated payload

March 31, 2015

Comau has introduced the Smart NJ 650 robot with an elevated payload for manipulating components of significant size and weight. The robot can handle a payload of up to 1,433 lbs. and has a maximum horizontal reach of 8.86 ft. It features high stiffness; a compact, space-saving design; and an...

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Spot welding robot features reduced profile

March 30, 2015

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics offers the MS80W II spot welding robot. The lightweight robot has a reduced profile compared to traditional high-payload spot welding robots. It offers simplified integration into SpotWorlds®, expanded wrist motion range to eliminate interference, and up to 70 percent less...

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