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A3 white paper links increasing robotics shipments to U.S. job growth

October 6, 2015

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Ann Arbor, Mich., has published a white paper entitled “Robots Fuel the Next Wave of U.S. Productivity and Job Growth” in which data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a variety of manufacturing firms document how and why increasing the use of...

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Central McGowan expands automation capabilities

September 30, 2015

Central McGowan Inc., a provider of robotic welding automation, has opened a 12,000-sq.-ft. automation manufacturing facility adjacent to its headquarters in St. Cloud, Minn. The staff and equipment from Pro-Fect Automation, which Central McGowan acquired earlier this year, have now moved from...

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Everything You Need to Know about Weld Fumes

Date: October 20 through November 4, 2015

Sponsored by RoboVent

Length: 60:00

Weld fumes pose health and safety dangers to workers and create budgetary pressures for plant operators. If your plant has a weld fume problem, you probably know it based on the telltale blue haze around the lights. Not only can weld fumes result in this visible haze, the airborne particles in the weld fume can settle on surfaces, including on sensitive electronics and equipment, where they can wreak havoc on your equipment and the parts you're working on. So besides being a health hazard, weld fumes can also have a direct monetary impact on your output and productivity.

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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QComp Technologies celebrates 25th anniversary

September 15, 2015

QComp Technologies Inc., Greenville, Wis., marks its 25th year in business in 2015. The automation integrator, founded in 1990 by Tom Doyle, specializes in material handling automation systems. In 1997 the company earned Certified Global Partner status with ABB Robotics. In 2010 the firm...

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AIM, Overton announce strategic partnership

September 15, 2015

Automated Industrial Machinery (AIM) Inc., an Addison, Ill.-based supplier of CNC wire bending machinery, and Overton Industries, a provider of press systems and tube forming equipment in Franklin, Ind., have announced a strategic partnership focused on cell automation. This partnership combines...

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Kuka tooling, automation being used to assemble newest Gulfstream aircraft

September 9, 2015

Kuka Systems Aerospace, Sterling Heights, Mich., is providing Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. with assembly fixtures and mobile robot platforms to help assemble wings and other parts for the company’s newest corporate jets. The jet manufacturer has ordered tooling from the aerospace group for the...

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Metal fabrication, automation, and the big picture

September 8, 2015


Ludlow Manufacturing Inc.’s managers are big believers in automation, but they’re not just interested in shortening machine cycle times. They look at the big picture, from the first order to the final shipment.

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DE-STA-CO Celebrating 100 Years of Growth and Innovation

Presented by De-Sta-Co Industries

Length: 2:14

DE-STA-CO celebrates our 100th birthday in 2015. From our roots in dies and stamping, DE-STA-CO has grown into a innovative company providing workholding and automation products to manufacturers world wide.

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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ISA accepting applications for 2016 educational scholarships

August 21, 2015

The International Society of Automation (ISA), Research Triangle Park, N.C., has announced that it is accepting applications for its 2016 educational scholarships, which will be awarded to college and university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contributions in the...

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Weld Revolution event showcases welding torches

August 17, 2015

Weld Revolution, Red Rock Automation, and Capital Machine recently hosted a two-day event in Houston with a focus on welding productivity. More than 200 guests attended sessions that demonstrated SpinArc™ welding torches for such applications as pipeline, offshore, automotive, construction,...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Rimrock Holdings Corp.

August 4, 2015

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Cleveland, has announced that it has acquired Columbus, Ohio-based Rimrock Holding Corp., a privately held manufacturer and integrator of industrial automation products and robotic systems with two divisions, Wolf Robotics LLC and Rimrock Corp. Wolf Robotics integrates...

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Modula uses automation to produce automated storage units

August 4, 2015


The Modula U.S.A. plant in Lewiston, Maine, is the result of a $6 million investment in new equipment, a new focus on manufacturing automated vertical storage (AVS) units, and a renaming by Italian parent company System Logistics. Cost-competitive production resulting from integrated, automatic sheet metal fabricating equipment from Salvagnini was key in the company’s decision to locate in the United States.

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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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