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Fipa develops lightweight EOAT for FANUC America

July 26, 2016

Fipa Inc., a manufacturer of vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) in Cary, N.C., has created a custom EOAT for FANUC America Corp. for use on its robotic automation systems. The 15-lb. EOAT helps extend the range of parts that the robots can...

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Custom automated manufacturing equipment suppliers form Smart Automation Group

July 26, 2016

Several suppliers of custom automated manufacturing equipment have launched the Smart Automation Group, a collaborative partnership. Eclipse Automation, Insys Industriesysteme AG, Transmoduls Ltd, SMZ Wickel-und Montagetechnik AG, JULI Technology, and ITE Automation have joined together to...

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SKS extends worldwide network of subsidiaries

July 20, 2016

Kaiserslautern, Germany-based SKS Welding Systems GmbH, a producer of automated and robot-assisted welding systems, has announced it is extending its global organization by adding three new subsidiaries, doubling its number to six. The subsidiaries are SKS Welding Systems Inc. in Rochester...

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Servo-Robot relocates to larger facility in Wisconsin

July 18, 2016

Servo-Robot Corp. has announced its relocation to the Technology Innovation Center in the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa, Wis. The new facility provides extra space for the company’s technical center, used to conduct application developments and for customer...

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Hawk Technology adds executive business development staff

July 5, 2016

Hawk Technology Ltd., Rock Island, Ill., a designer and manufacturer of robotics integration systems and vision inspection systems, has hired Terry O'Connell with a role in executive business development. O’Connell previously participated in the acquisition and integration of Panasonic's...

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ABB appoints president of Discrete Automation and Motion division

June 15, 2016

Zurich, Switzerland-based ABB has appointed Sami Atiya as president of the Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division. He succeeds Pekka Tiitinen, who will serve as managing director of ABB in Finland. Atiya worked for Siemens for 18 years, most recently as CEO of the Mobility and Logistics...

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Matrix Design achieves certified servicing integrator status

June 1, 2016

Matrix Design LLC, South Elgin, Ill., a developer of robotic automation systems and services, has been recognized as a FANUC certified servicing integrator. FANUC provides this certification to authorized system integrators who have demonstrated mastery in knowledge of robot operations,...

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ST Robotics names distribution partners in North America

May 25, 2016

Princeton, N.J.-based ST Robotics has announced distribution agreements with RobotShop and SuperDroid Robots to deliver its ST R series articulated and cylindrical robot arm systems across North America. ST Robotics offers robots for a number of industries, including manufacturing....

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Genesis Systems Group adds Washington office

May 20, 2016

Genesis Systems Group, a provider of robotic systems integration, has added a sales and engineering office in Lynnwood, Wash. The office supports key local accounts in the aerospace industry with pre- and postsales activity and also functions as the base of operation for regional project execution...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Vizient Mfg. Solutions

May 16, 2016

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has acquired Vizient® Mfg. Solutions, a Bettendorf, Iowa-based, privately held robotic integrator that provides custom-engineered tooling and automated arc welding systems for general and heavy fabrication applications. Lincoln Electric is a...

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Acme Mfg. names director of engineering

May 11, 2016

Acme Mfg. Co., Auburn Hills, Mich., a designer and manufacturer of integrated robotic automation for polishing, buffing, deburring, and grinding systems, has hired Dan Sula, MScEng, as director of engineering. Sula has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, flexible...

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Toyota to base new factories on EtherCAT

May 10, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced it has selected Beckhoff Automation’s EtherCAT® as its industrial Ethernet technology and will base its new factories around the world on the technology. EtherCAT also is an essential part of Toyota’s new IoT deployment strategy. "In order to smoothly...

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Comau robot wins NED Innovation Award

May 5, 2016

Southfield, Mich.-based Comau has received the 2016 NED Innovation Award from New Equipment Digest for its Racer3 robot. The robot was one of 11 innovations to receive the award from a selection of 2,000 technologies. The high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot features a payload of 6.6 lbs. and a...

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Yaskawa Motoman demonstrates career path opportunities to students

April 28, 2016

To celebrate National Robotics Week, Yaskawa Motoman invited student groups to take tours of its Dayton, Ohio, facility and to speak with automation professionals about future job opportunities. Attendees also had the opportunity to see live robotics demonstrations. More than 350 students from...

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North American robotics market records strongest opening quarter ever

April 28, 2016

The North American robotics market has set new records to begin 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 7,406 robots, valued at about $402 million, during Q1 2016. This is a new record among opening quarters—7 percent higher...

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