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Matrix Design opens Indiana sales office

January 29, 2016

Matrix Design LLC, South Elgin, Ill., a manufacturer of robotic automation systems, has opened a sales office in Indianapolis. The office is led by Tim Fenner, sales specialist. The office serves industries in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and surrounding...

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Genesis Systems Group names VP of ICESA Systems

January 20, 2016

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has promoted Sean Patton to vice president - resistance spot welding and OEM business development for Genesis ICESA Systems, San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico. Patton, who has been with Genesis ICESA since its formation in...

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ABB appoints executive VP for U.S. Electrification Products business

January 19, 2016

Power and automation technology provider ABB has announced that Franklin Sullivan has assumed the role of executive vice president for its Memphis, Tenn.-based Electrification Products division in the U.S. In addition, he assumes commercial leadership for the division across North America (Canada...

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Caterpillar names group president

January 18, 2016

Caterpillar Inc. has named Denise Johnson, currently vice president with responsibility for the Material Handling & Underground Division, as group president of Resources Industries. The appointment, which follows the recently announced retirement of Group President Ed Rapp, takes effect April 1,...

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Acme Mfg. Co. receives FANUC Global Partner of the Year 2015 Grand Award

December 23, 2015

Acme Mfg. Co., Auburn Hills, Mich., a manufacturer of integrated robotic automation for polishing, buffing, deburring, and grinding systems, has been awarded FANUC Corp.’s 2015 Grand Award. The firm was selected out of several hundred companies for its global success in providing flexible...

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Genesis Systems Group earns AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification

December 15, 2015

Robotic systems integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced its AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification. The quality management system is applicable to the company’s design, manufacture, and service of robotic automated equipment for use in agricultural, aviation, space,...

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Hawk Technology develops leadership team

December 7, 2015

Hawk Technology Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of tooling, fixtures, robotics integration systems, and vision inspection systems in Rock Island, Ill., has announced the development of a leadership team, resulting in several promotions. Josh Clare, previous president/CEO, has taken on the...

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Robotics pioneer Joseph F. Engelberger dies at age 90

December 2, 2015

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died Dec. 1, 2015, in Newtown, Conn. Widely known as the “Father of Robotics” and creator of the world’s first industrial robot, Engelberger revolutionized modern industrial and automotive manufacturing...

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Yaskawa Motoman announces staff changes

November 24, 2015

Dayton, Ohio-based Yaskawa Motoman has announced several key organizational changes. Scott Jenkins has joined the company as vice president of North American sales and marketing. He has nearly three decades of experience in industrial manufacturing and distribution. Jenkins formerly served...

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RIA launches website in honor of “Father of Robotics”

November 11, 2015

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a website paying tribute to Joseph F. Engelberger, known as the “Father of Robotics.” Engelberger, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, was an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, founding the...

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ISA, Automation Federation designate November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month

November 2, 2015

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its affiliate, the Automation Federation, Research Triangle Park, N.C., have designated November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month. “Automation Appreciation Month is an opportunity to celebrate the value and importance of the automation...

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North American robotics market sets new records for first nine months of 2015

October 29, 2015

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 22,427 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2015, an...

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Midwest Engineered Systems launches KUKA Robotics webpage

October 28, 2015

Midwest Engineered Systems Inc., Waukesha, Wis., an official KUKA Robotics Systems Partner since 2009, has launched a KUKA Robotics webpage. The web page at includes information about integration capabilities, photos and videos of completed systems, and case studies from past...

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Robotic welding webinar slated for Oct. 29

October 26, 2015

Robotic Industries Association (RIA) will host a one-hour webinar on Oct. 29 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT that will discuss some of the common errors and mistakes in robotic welding. To register for the webinar, visit...

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Yaskawa Motoman receives Special Recognition Award from Honda

October 20, 2015

Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division, an industrial robotics company based in Miamisburg, Ohio, has been selected by Honda to receive a Special Recognition Award. Honda honored the company along with other suppliers that provide indirect products and services to Honda automotive...

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