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Software offers new approach to automation

February 22, 2017

Rethink Robotics has introduced Intera® 5, a software platform that connects everything from a single robot controller, extending the power of the company’s Sawyer™ to the entire workcell and simplifying automation. According to the company, the software fundamentally changes the need for...

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Universal gripper for robot stackers adapts to any structural component

February 16, 2017

Biele Group has developed a universal, motor-driven gripper for its robotic stackers. The gripper adapts to any structural component regardless of shape and size. It is synchronized automatically with the precentering system. Changeover time is less than 3 min. A single gripper can be exchanged on...

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Abicor Binzel hires key accounts manager – automotive

February 3, 2017

Abicor Binzel, a provider of manual and robotic welding torches and accessories in Frederick, Md., has hired Jason Jamiel as the new key accounts manager – automotive serving automotive manufacturing and Tier 1 suppliers.Jamiel has three decades of experience in the welding and robotics industry,...

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2016 was record-breaking year for North American robot orders, shipments

February 1, 2017

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has announced that the North American robotics market broke records for orders and shipments in 2016. During the year, 34,606 robots valued at about $1.9 billion were ordered in North America, representing growth of 10 percent in units...

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Worldwide collaborative robot market to be worth $95 billion by 2024

January 31, 2017

Transparency Market Research (TMR), Albany, N.Y., has released a research report that predicts the global collaborative robot market, valued at $10.3 billion in 2015, will be worth $95 billion by the end of 2024. During the forecast period of 2016 to 2024, the global collaborative robot market is...

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Weld camera available with starter kit

January 20, 2017

Xiris Automation Inc. has released a starter kit for its XVC-1000 high-dynamic- range (HDR) weld camera. It includes the camera, optics, mounting hardware, power supplies, and cables, all packed in a plastic case. The camera’s HDR image capture allows the user to see clearly all details of an...

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TigerStop hires CEO of worldwide operations

January 19, 2017

TigerStop LLC, Vancouver, Wash., a manufacturer of automation equipment used in material cutoff, drilling, boring, ripping, positioning, and pushing, has hired Rakesh Sridharan as its new CEO of worldwide operations. Sridharan previously worked for Leatherman Tool Group as vice president of...

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American Weldquip appoints district manager

January 17, 2017

American Weldquip Inc., Sharon Center, Ohio, a manufacturer of semiautomatic and robotic torches and peripherals, has appointed David DiBiase as district sales manager – Michigan. DiBiase has more than 30 years of process experience in robotic and semiautomatic welding applications, as well as...

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Anatomy of a robot-based welding system

January 4, 2017 | By Bob Rochelle

A robot is only a part of a robot-based automation system, whether the system is for welding or other applications. Regardless of the application, several components and functions are common to all systems. Controls, communication devices, operator interfaces, sensors, peripheral equipment, parts handling equipment, fixtures, safety features, and cable management devices are common components in all systems. Most projects require some personnel involvement as well.

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Automated system loads/unloads flat material, cut parts

January 4, 2017

The Bystronic ByTrans Extended is a compact material handling system that loads and unloads in 60 seconds. It integrates into any ByVision-controlled machine, and the short cycle time is independent of the thickness of the metal sheet.Available in three sizes with 11, eight, and six material...

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Robot designed for material handling, machine tending

December 19, 2016

ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1200, a new family of small robots that feature a compact footprint and a large work envelope for material handling, machine tending, and small-parts assembly applications. The robot is designed with no offset in axis two, delivering a long stroke that allows the...

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Press brake offers autonomous operation

December 8, 2016

Salvagnini’s B3.ATA press brake, integrated into the FlexCell FMC, has been upgraded with numerous automated devices that make it self-adaptive and able to offer entirely autonomous operation. The electrically driven press brake can be monitored via smartphone. It is designed to handle the...

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FMC allows for fully automated part production

December 8, 2016

Salvagnini offers the automatic FlexCell flexible manufacturing cell. It comprises an L5 laser cutting system, P2lean panel bender, and B3 ATA press brake, in line with the digital factory model.With all the necessary automated devices, the machines can set themselves up automatically, ready for...

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GMAW system offers simple system integration for automation

December 6, 2016

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced the availability of the new Auto-Continuum™ 350 and 500 GMAW systems. They feature an adaptive arc for reduced spatter and improved gap handling, providing increased travel speeds and high-quality welds on a variety of base materials, states the...

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AT&F Cleveland facility installs robotic welding system

December 5, 2016

AT&F has added a large robotic welding system to its Cleveland facility. The multiaxis programmable welding arm can perform consistent welds at high speeds and can tackle complex welding situations, states the company. The system can weld lengths up to 40 ft. long and 20 ft. high. Six axes on the...

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