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FANUC named as Forbes top global innovator for fourth consecutive year

November 5, 2014

FANUC Corp., a manufacturer of CNCs and robots in Rochester Hills, Mich., has been named one of the top 100 innovative companies in the world for the fourth consecutive year by Forbes®. The 2014 World's Most Innovative Companies list recognizes corporations that are most likely to be...

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Murata Machinery USA marks 40 years in business

October 16, 2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based Murata Machinery USA Inc., a provider of high-production machine tools and industrial automation, celebrates its 40th year in business in 2014. The firm offers sales, service, and support of the Muratec brand in North America. The company, a subsidiary of Murata Machinery...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Easom Automation Systems

October 7, 2014

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has acquired Easom Automation Systems Inc., Detroit. Easom is a privately held integrator and manufacturer of automation and positioning systems serving heavy fabrication, aerospace, and automotive OEMs and...

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Report predicts growth in advanced robotics for manufacturing

October 1, 2014

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory, and trainability, industrial manufacturers are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage, according to a report released by PwC US in...

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RIA webinar will cover intermediate robotic welding

September 23, 2014

Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a webinar on intermediate robotic welding on Sept. 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT. Concepts of resistance spot welding and arc welding will be presented. A robot may weld a preprogrammed position, be guided by machine vision,...

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Lincoln Electric licenses Helical Robotics’ mobile robotic technology

September 18, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has announced that it has been granted an exclusive worldwide license for proprietary magnetic robotic technology from Helical Robotics® LLC, Oregon, Wis. The agreement allows Lincoln to offer what it says is the...

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Kuka Systems develops robotic riveting system for Boeing 777 wide-body fuselage assembly

September 16, 2014

When the Boeing 777X twin-aisle passenger jet goes into full production for its debut in 2020, each fuselage will be built using automation technology developed as part of a collaborative effort by the airplane-maker and the Kuka Systems Aerospace Group. The robotic pulse production line, known...

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Marlin Steel acquires automated welding machine from Ideal Welding Systems

September 4, 2014

Baltimore-based Marlin Steel, a creator of custom wire and sheet metal forms, has installed a Versaweld CSR102-1230-3-MFDC NC jig welding system from Ideal Welding Systems. The medium-frequency automated welding machine is one of five in the world, and the only one outside of Germany, according to...

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Demco Automation named as a fastest-growing private U.S. company

September 4, 2014

Demco Automation has been recognized on the 33rd annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The Quakertown, Pa.-based company is ranked No. 4,985 with a three-year sales growth of 43 percent. Demco Automation is a supplier of flexible automated manufacturing...

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ABB marks 125 years in Finland

September 2, 2014

ABB marks its 125th anniversary in Finland. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Strömberg, ABB Finland provides power transmission and distribution systems, building technology, sustainable transportation, renewable power, and industrial automation and marine systems....

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Heidenhain hires product specialist for automation division

August 26, 2014

Heidenhain Corp., Schaumburg, Ill., has hired Jonathan Dougherty as the North American product specialist, automation division. He is responsible for automation product support, including the company’s rotary encoders, slip rings, and resolvers. The company markets such products from not only the...

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Yaskawa Motoman celebrates 25th anniversary

August 19, 2014

The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc. (Yaskawa Motoman), Miamisburg, Ohio, marks its 25th year in business in August. The company, previously known as Motoman Inc., was formally incorporated on July 18, 1989, as a 50/50 joint venture between Hobart Brothers Co. and Yaskawa Electric...

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Aug. 28 webinar to address robotic assembly techniques

August 19, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a webinar on Aug. 28 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT. It will describe intermediate techniques in assembling products with robots. Efficiency concepts such as sequential, parallel, and combinatorial assembly will be described. The...

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Kuka Aerospace to open Washington facility

August 12, 2014

Kuka Aerospace, Sterling Heights, Mich., a provider of automated manufacturing systems for aircraft manufacturing and assembly, will open its first U.S. facility outside of Michigan in Everett, Wash. The 29,000-sq.-ft. center will provide a service and maintenance hub close to customers on the West...

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Genesis Systems opens facility in Iowa

August 11, 2014

Genesis Systems Group, a manufacturer of welding, cutting, and assembly robots, has opened a second plant in Davenport, Iowa, adding 61,000 sq. ft. of factory and office space. The $4.6 million expansion also includes laser cutting and fabrication equipment. The new plant handles standard...

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