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Compact robot designed for arc welding applications

August 16, 2016

ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1660ID, a compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications. Its Integrated DressPack design simplifies programming and simulation of predictable cable movements. The robot features a strong, rigid upper arm with a 5-ft. reach and 13-lb. payload....

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4-axis SCARA robot offered with three different reaches

July 29, 2016

Comau has introduced Rebel-S, a 4-axis SCARA robot, in five different models with a payload of 13 lbs. and three different reaches. All models are controlled by the R1C 19-in. rack-mounted controller, which can be integrated into a single cabinet to control an entire line. An openRobotics...

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Robot monitoring system designed to enhance safety

July 11, 2016

ABB Robotics has launched SafeMove2, the latest generation of its safety certified robot monitoring software. According to the company, the software is designed to enable closer collaboration among robots and factory workers by restricting robot motion to precisely what is needed for a specific...

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Workcell is modular system for robotic welding of large workpieces

July 1, 2016

Yaskawa Motoman’s new ArcWorld® 2000 modular welding workcell is designed for robotic welding of large workpieces. It is suitable for low- to medium-volume manufacturers with a medium to high mix of parts. Able to accommodate parts up to 16.4 ft. wide and payloads up to nearly 7 tons, the...

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Reamer stand available in custom heights

June 30, 2016

Tregaskiss has announced the availability of the TOUGH GUN® reamer stand, designed for its TOUGH GUN TT3 and TT3E reamer robotic nozzle cleaning stations. This fixed stand can be ordered in custom heights from 18 to 45 in. The reamer stand includes a standardized 8.5- by 6.5-in. hole pattern...

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CNCs simplify setup of automated cells

June 10, 2016

With the Sinumerik 828 CNC family, Siemens offers a method for connecting robots to machine tools. Different types of robots designed by different manufacturers can be connected to machines equipped with the CNCs using the Sinumerik Integrate Run MyRobot/EasyConnect interface to perform...

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Wand developed for GMAW/GTAW weld cleaning system

June 7, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies has launched the new Surfox™ Wand, compatible with the Surfox 304 GMAW/GTAW weld cleaning system. The wand, which features an ergonomic handle, is articulated for a wide range of motion. Its quick-change system allows the user to change accessories and clean larger...

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Robotic nozzle-cleaning station integrates in digital controls infrastructure

May 11, 2016

Tregaskiss has introduced its new TOUGH GUN™ TT3E reamer, a robotic nozzle-cleaning station with digital Ethernet communications to integrate into users’ digital controls infrastructure. The reamer eliminates the need for an analog switch and reduces cabling requirements within the robotic...

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Lightweight tooling helps increase robot capacity

April 27, 2016

IMI Precision Eng. offers IMI Norgren Featherweight tooling. According to the company, the tooling is up to 70 percent lighter than existing modular tooling, so it can consume less energy, increase robot speed, and carry more cups. A ball clamp allows the crossbar to be positioned close to the...

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Robotics education curricula and software offered

April 14, 2016

Yaskawa Motoman has developed dedicated curricula, programs, and hardware and software tools to deliver real-world industrial experiences in a classroom environment. The STEM Robotics Platforms are modular packages that enable instructors to teach robotics using the same equipment deployed in...

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Mechanized welding package uses SAW, open-arc processes

April 12, 2016

The new Pantheon™ mechanized welding system from Lincoln Electric performs automated, repetitive welding operations for SAW and open-arc welding processes for such industries as heavy fabrication, shipbuilding, power generation, construction, and pressure vessel manufacturing. Available in 8-...

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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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