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North American robotics market sets new records in 2015

February 10, 2016

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion during 2015, an increase of 14 percent in units and 11 percent in dollars over 2014....

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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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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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How to set up your press, tooling, workpiece for press-to-press robotic transfers

January 19, 2016

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Setting up for robotic press-to-press transfer systems requires some consideration of distances, bolster height, and stroke length, as well as feed length, die clearance and several other press, tooling and workpiece considerations.

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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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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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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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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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