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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 Apr. 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, Hannover, 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...

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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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Schuler’s Crossbar Robot 4.0 receives Red Dot Award for product design

March 30, 2015

Göppingen, Germany-based press manufacturer Schuler has received the Red Dot Award in the Industry, Machines, and Robot Technology category. An international jury of experts chose the robot out of more than 4,900 entries. The robot transfers parts from one stage of a press line to the next. It...

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Yaskawa Electric partners with Argo Medical Technologies Ltd.

March 25, 2015

In an effort to accelerate the development of its service robotics business in the robotics human assist field, Yaskawa Electric Corp., a provider of core technologies focused on motion control, robotics, and system engineering in Kitakyushu, Japan, has formed a strategic alliance with Argo Medical...

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Transition to welding robotics inevitable across industries globally, says study

March 16, 2015

Modernization needs in the competitive global market and the rising emphasis on energy efficiency are steering industries toward automation. This trend is driving the uptake of welding robots over manual welding methods. While demand from the automotive and transportation industry will be robust,...

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Evana Automation ships robotic material handling system to medical device manufacturer

March 16, 2015

Evansville, Ind.-based Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, has shipped a robotic material handling system to a medical device manufacturer. The system transports wire-shaping fixtures to one of several heat-treat furnaces, a...

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ABB to expand in Tennessee

March 4, 2015

Power and automation technology provider ABB will invest $30 million in building a new manufacturing site and expanding its customer experience center for its Low Voltage Products division in the Memphis, Tenn., area. The investment will initially create more than 200 jobs, with 100 more jobs...

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Automation ROI webinar scheduled for March 5

February 24, 2015

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will host a webinar entitled “How to Evaluate the ROI on Automation” on March 5, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST. There are many ways to calculate return on investment when purchasing automation and capital goods. While the initial...

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DeWys Mfg. creates customized robotic weld cell

February 18, 2015

Precision metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc. has built and assembled Megatron, a new large weldment cell, at its facility in Marne, Mich. This robotic weld cell includes a FANUC ARCmate 120ic robot; a custom-built, CNC, H-type cam indexer-driven positioner; and a Lincoln Electric Power Wave i400...

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