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Pemamek receives welding automation award

March 31, 2014

Based on its recent analysis of the welding automation market, Frost & Sullivan, Mountain View, Calif., has recognized Pemamek Oy Ltd., Loimaa, Finland, with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year. The company, a provider of welding and production automation systems for...

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Robotic torch system offers 360-degree rotation

March 26, 2014

The ArcSafe™ Advantage robotic torch system from American Weldquip is designed for use on all hollow-wrist robots. The system’s rotary electrical joint provides unlimited, continuous 360-degree rotation to allow for shorter rotational reorientations during weld programming. It also...

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Vision-guided technology speeds setup time

March 24, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart-camera system that helps simplify vision-guided robotics applications. Using 2-D vision guidance, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location, offering inspection, defect detection, guidance, alignment, and...

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Parts transfer system helps increase productivity on tandem press lines

March 24, 2014

ABB offers the IRB 6660FX, a flexible transfer system for medium-size parts. Suitable for use with new and existing press lines, the system comprises a dual-action unit that creates a 7-axis robot, allowing parts to be transferred rapidly along a linear path without rotation. The system also...

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Worker Automation redesigns website

March 19, 2014

Worker Automation Inc., Covington, Ohio, a provider of custom robotic systems, has redesigned its website at The site features more photos, embedded video of cells in action, information on standard cells that can be custom-configured for different needs, details on machine...

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Methods Machine Tools to hold grand opening of technology center

March 12, 2014

Methods Machine Tools Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and accessories, will hold a grand opening at its Technology Center in San Leandro, Calif., on May 14-15 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Manufacturing professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend. The...

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Güdel Inc. opens satellite office in Michigan

March 10, 2014

Güdel Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has opened a satellite office in Troy, Mich. “We believe that being closer to our Metro Detroit customers and partners will improve our overall interaction and ability to collaborate on key projects,” said...

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ABB Robotics’ Tech Days 2014 expanded to two days

February 25, 2014

ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, robot software, peripheral equipment, and modular manufacturing cells, will host its annual Technology Days event March 13-14, 2014, at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The event will feature more than 80...

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Midwest Eng. Systems Inc. represented by On Point Solutions

February 11, 2014

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc., a provider of automation/robotic metal fabrication systems in Pewaukee, Wis., has named On Point Solutions, Port Washington, Wis., as a representative. On Point Solutions provides equipment and systems for OEM and job shop metal...

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Single-cable system for servo drive reduces hardware requirements

February 11, 2014

All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With HMC 6, the Hybrid Motor Cable Project, Heidenhain has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical...

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RIA to host collaborative robots workshop April 16

February 6, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will hold a Collaborative Robots Workshop on Wednesday, April 16, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Collaborative robots are robots that work side-by-side with humans. Dr. Henrik Christensen of Georgia Tech will give the...

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Robotic welding issues and challenges

February 3, 2014


Thanks to intuitive teaching, which eliminates the need for highly skilled programmers and saves valuable job setup time, robots now are making inroads in small job shops.

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Güdel Inc. returns robot-track manufacturing to U.S.

January 31, 2014

Güdel Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has announced that it has transitioned all manufacturing of its third-generation robot tracks for domestic markets to its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. While some initial Trackmotion Floor (TMF) modules were fabricated and...

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Micro robotic tool changer provides flexibility for extremely light payloads

January 29, 2014

The QC-001 micro robotic tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation is suitable for high-speed "spider" or parallel-link robots. The compact, 4.3-oz. tool changer allows for multiple assembly, dispensing, sorting, and material handling operations to be performed by one robot. The tool changer...

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Schenke Tool adds second robotic welder

January 23, 2014

Schenke Tool Co., Paradise, Pa., has installed its second robotic welding machine — a Yaskawa Motoman ArcWorld system. According to the company, the machine is suitable for small to medium-sized parts produced at medium to high volumes. Dual independent workstations allow operators to load...

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