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ATI Industrial Automation to host annual Technology Fair on August 13

July 2, 2015

ATI Industrial Automation will host its annual Technology Fair at its sales office in Orion Township, Mich., on Aug. 13. Presentations at the event will detail the company’s new and existing end effector products. Account managers and engineers will be available throughout the event to discuss...

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Conveyance system carries autobody sections through robotic workstations

June 11, 2015

Kuka Systems North America LLC has announced the commercial launch of its Pulse carrier conveyance system for automotive car body assembly lines. The patent-pending concept uses linear synchronous motor technology provided by MagneMotion of Devens, Mass., to move body sections through robotic...

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Torch cleaning is electrically powered

June 3, 2015

SKS Welding Systems offers the eReam torch cleaning system for use in automated arc welding. Featuring all-electric drives, the gas nozzle cleaning system offers energy-efficient cleaning with measurable and controllable electrical values for its milling unit, spraying unit, and optional wire...

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Blue Ocean Robotics, APS expand operations into U.S.

June 2, 2015

Blue Ocean Robotics ApS, a provider of emerging robots and automation systems based in Odense, Denmark, has opened an office in West Chester, Ohio. The office, operating as Blue Ocean Robotics LLC, is led by industry veteran Timothy DeRosett. Before joining the company, he served as director of...

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Esco Group partners with Siemens

June 2, 2015

Automation services provider Esco Group, Marion, Iowa, has announced that it is in a partnership with Siemens Corp., Automation and Drives, a Washington, D.C.-based subsidiary of Berlin-based Siemens A.G. Esco’s goal with this partnership is to grow its client reach and move into new...

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Midwest Engineered Systems receives Kuka System Partner Outstanding Growth Award

June 1, 2015

Midwest Engineered Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and automation systems in Waukesha, Wis., has received the 2014 Kuka System Partner Outstanding Growth Award. The award recognizes the company for having the greatest percentage increase in unit sales by a Kuka Robotics systems...

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Kuka launches website in support of STEM education

May 22, 2015

Kuka Robotics Corp., Shelby Township, Mich., has launched a new website at www.kukaconnect.com. The site ties in with the company’s campaign to support and promote STEM education and...

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June 4 webinar to cover connection of robots and PLCs to equipment

May 21, 2015

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a one-hour webinar on June 4 about connecting robots and PLCs to legacy equipment, such as CNC machines and presses. Topics will include wireless and remote control, protocols, and networks. To register, visit...

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ABB opens robotics manufacturing facility in Michigan

May 20, 2015

Zurich-based ABB has opened a new robotics manufacturing plant at its facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., which the company says makes it the first industrial robotics firm to produce robots in the U.S. The portfolio of products manufactured at the new facility will expand in phases, with the goal...

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Clark Metal Products adds automated welding robot cell

May 20, 2015

Clark Metal Products, a manufacturer of precision metal components based in Blairsville, Pa., has added an automated welding robot cell to its operations. The Lincoln Electric System 40 robotic welder with a horizontal turntable system is suitable for small to medium-size parts that can be...

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Vision-guided robots consolidate their place in the press shop

May 13, 2015

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Advancements in robotic technology are extending their functionality and improving their performance. Often a robot is expected to do more than move from programmed position A to position B; it must operate “smarter” and act upon other inputs, such as vision systems or force feedback. The applications for integration of vision systems and robots are almost endless but the most common application is vision guidance for the robot

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Comau builds car body welding line for Jeep factory in Brazil

May 7, 2015

Comau has completed the construction of a car body welding line for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles factory in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil, where the Jeep® Renegade® is produced. The highly complex project, which Comau has worked on since its inception in 2010, comprises 640 robots. Nicknamed...

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Primetals Technologies supplies robots to voestalpine Stahl for converter steel works

April 28, 2015

Primetals Technologies, London, has received an order for three robot systems from voestalpine Stahl GmbH, an Austrian steel producer. The robots will manipulate the probes in the three LD (BOF) converters in the Linz steel works. The robots will take over work in hazardous areas that previously...

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End-of-arm tooling offering expanded

April 23, 2015

SAS Automation now offers the full line of Nile air-actuated cutting tools and Merry hand-operated cutting tools. This is the first time the company has offered a full line of products outside of its own engineered end-of-arm tooling (EOAT)...

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Kuka Aerospace expands in Michigan

April 21, 2015

Kuka Systems, an international supplier of engineering services and flexible automation systems, has announced plans to expand its facility in Clinton Township, Mich., to support the further growth of its aerospace business. Groundbreaking is expected in early...

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