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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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Shopping cart manufacturer rings up productivity gains with automated bending cell

November 21, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Shopping cart manufacturer Technibilt has been incorporating automation little by little over the last few decades, but recently took a big step when it solicited bids for a transfer system that would bend and punch tube to make shopping cart frames.

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Need welders? Automation can help!

November 16, 2016 | By Chris Anderson

Finding good welders is a real issue for some fab shops, but so is the anxiety attached to integrating robotic welding to help fill the gaps. Pinpointing the appropriate skill set for robotic welding programmers is important to ensure you have the right person in place to run the machine. Industry also has stepped up to deliver systems that make robotic programming easier and faster for individuals who have limited programming training.

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New housing, mixed-reality technology added to automated production systems

November 16, 2016

Wemo has updated the design concept of its automated production systems with a colorful, strong housing. It eliminates the need for a safety fence and protects the production line from dust, dirt, and other outside influences to help reduce failures, stoppages, and damage. The housing also provides...

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Cartesian robot eliminates calibration steps

October 28, 2016

TM Robotics, in partnership with Toshiba Machine, has introduced the BAIII Cartesian robot. It offers plug-and-play function: all cables, junction boxes, brackets, motors, and controllers are supplied with the actuators, so there is no need for calibration between the motor and actuator or between...

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Deburring system handles 500 fineblanked parts per hour

October 25, 2016

Abtex Corp. has developed a system for a customer that combines its Tri-Ten technology with robotics and a custom-designed circular table. The system deburrs nearly 500 fineblanked parts per hour while taking up 12 sq. ft. on the manufacturing floor. The system uses three 10-in. nylon filament...

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