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Medium track motion platform accommodates rapid product changes

February 10, 2016

ABB has introduced the IRBT 2005, a flexible, compact, modular medium track motion platform for robots and transfer applications. It is designed to accommodate rapid product changes in applications that require an extended working range and high degrees of speed and accuracy, including arc welding,...

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Robotics assimilated into machine control

January 7, 2016

With the introduction of openRobotics, partners Comau and B&R offer new levels of robotics integration for machinery and production lines. The system is based on a line of Comau robots that handle payloads from 6.6 to 1,433 lbs. Programming is uniform for every component in the line, including...

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Virtual system helps students learn robotics skills

December 2, 2015

MotoSim® Touch from Yaskawa Motoman is a PC-based, off-line programming environment and robotics simulation tool for schools, training organizations, and educational research institutions. It provides instructors and students with a fully functional production environment for Yaskawa industrial...

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High-payload robot designed for short cycle times

December 1, 2015

ABB has introduced the IRB 8700, its highest-payload, multipurpose industrial robot. It has a reach of 11.5 ft. and can handle a payload of up to 1,763 lbs. (1.1 tons with the wrist down; 1,389 lbs. with LeanID). The robot is targeted for material handling applications in the automotive and...

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Compact welding workcell designed for job shop market

November 24, 2015

Featuring one station with a welding table suitable for customized part fixtures in a compact footprint, the ArcWorld® C-30 workcell from Yaskawa Motoman is designed for welding small to medium-size parts typically found in job shop applications. The workcell offers all the components needed...

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Bin picker combines collaborative robot and 3-D vision technology

November 23, 2015

Blue Ocean Robotics has announced the release of the Mini-Picker for 3-D bin picking of small industrial parts. The system currently is available with the Universal Robots UR5 collaborative robot. It will be available with additional robot brands to cover a wider range of...

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Multiprocess welding kits handle joining, cutting, hardfacing

November 18, 2015

Broco® Rankin has introduced multiprocess welding kits to accompany the Rankin Automation™ multiprocess, 2-axis, automated welding machine. The kits perform multiple functions and processes from one base unit machine. A tilting-head positioner also is available. The kits can be used for a...

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6-axis force/torque sensor offered

October 22, 2015

ATI Industrial Automation has introduced the Capacitive F/T sensor for industrial robots, pressing force control, grinding, and deburring. It is IP65-rated for protection against dust and water spray, and hard mechanical stops are implemented for overload protection. The senso’s force range...

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Weld camera captures open arc welding images

October 14, 2015

Xiris Automation Inc. offers the XVC-1000e weld camera, a rugged version of the XVC-1000. The high-dynamic-range camera can capture images of open arc welds that show all features of the weld arc, its surrounding environment, and its position relative to the weld seam. Features include...

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Adaptive robot gripper features wide stroke

September 29, 2015

Robotiq has released the 2-Finger 140 adaptive robot gripper, a large-stroke electric gripper with advanced control features. This gripper allows a robot to pick a variety of objects with a single, programmable tool. It is suitable for high-mix pick-and-place applications in industries such as...

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Power source supports robot-assisted welding

August 24, 2015

Fronius has introduced the TPS/i Robotics power source, designed for robot-assisted welding. Featuring interconnected and fully synchronized system components, the power source enables robotic welding to be performed with speed and a high degree of reproducibility. The modified dip transfer arc...

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Hollow-wrist robotic torch system available in water-cooled version

July 28, 2015

American Weldquip offers a water-cooled version of the ArcSafe™ Advantage hollow-wrist robotic torch system. The 550 series has a rotary electrical joint that provides for +/- 360 degrees of rotation while eliminating electrical cable twisting or torsional strain. The system’s modular...

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Quick-change robotic torch system offered

July 28, 2015

American Weldquip has introduced the new ArcSafe™ QC Solid Mount quick-change robotic torch system, designed for use on robots with integrated collision software. Standard features include a heavy-walled gooseneck and a cable assembly for fast changeout. Optional features include air blast,...

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Offline programming software schedules robot tasks without causing downtime

July 27, 2015

ABB’s new RobotStudio® app in the Okuma App Store incorporates the IRC5 robot controller software, allowing users to schedule robot tasks such as training, programming, and optimization offline without causing downtime in production. The app is built on the company’s Virtual Controller,...

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Robot model handles hot forming processes

July 21, 2015

Schuler has unveiled two new models of its Crossbar Robot 4.0 for the automation of mechanical and hydraulic press lines and for retrofitting of existing lines. The 4.0 S is equipped with an additional shift axis that enables it to use the Crossbar feeder tooling, which in turn is used for...

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