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Industrial robotics market expected to exceed $40 billion by 2020

December 15, 2014

The global industrial robotics market is expected to exceed $40 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc., San Francisco. Increased demand from the automotive industry, coupled with growing labor costs, has encouraged industrial robots’ deployment in manufacturing....

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One metal fabricator, two value streams

December 12, 2014


For decades Nu-Way Industries operated with a conventional management structure. In recent years, managers at the Des Plaines, Ill., fabricator discovered that the two kinds of orders the company processed, engineered to order and make to stock, really called for two distinct value streams, each operating under a different business model.

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Robotic welding cells serve as entry point to automated welding

December 11, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced Auto-Mate™ pre-engineered robotic welding cells, designed for first-time buyers of welding automation. Delivered in two to four weeks, the systems serve as an entry point for new buyers to implement automated welding. The Auto-Mate 5 is a single-zone...

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GTAW process integrated with robotic system

December 11, 2014

The TIP-TIG process from ABB offers improved coping with joint fit-up gaps, higher travel speeds, and lower heat input requirements when compared to traditional GTAW, according to the manufacturer. Integrated with a robotic system for the first time, the process is installed at the ABB lab in a...

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Beckhoff North America names president

December 10, 2014

Automation system provider Beckhoff Automation has announced that Aurelio Banda will become president of North American operations at Beckhoff Automation LLC, Savage, Minn., effective Jan. 1. The subsidiary’s current president, Graham Harris, will assume a regional management role as part of a...

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Klingspor installs Baxter robot in packaging line

December 5, 2014

Klingspor Abrasives, Hickory, N.C., has integrated a Baxter collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics, Boston, into its packaging line. Operating as part of a high-volume operation, the robot packages sanding discs into boxes and puts the boxes into trays for shipment. Previously the company...

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Flexible electric gripper designed for universal robots

November 27, 2014

Robotiq has released a new version of its 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper, with nearly twice the strength and speed as the previous version. The gripper is compatible with universal industrial robots with payloads between 11 and 22 lbs. The unit handles a variety of part shapes with its different...

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Robotic cells designed for first-time buyers of welding automation

November 26, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co. offers Auto-Mate™ pre-engineered robotic welding cells for new buyers of welding automation. Two cells are available. The Auto-Mate 5 is a single-zone cell suitable for welding medium-sized to larger parts. The Auto-Mate 10 is a two-zone cell, but with the same...

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Camera provides images of welding, laser processes

November 21, 2014

Xiris Automation has released the Xiris XVC-1000 weld camera for capturing welding and laser process images. The system includes a 140+ dB high dynamic range capability with power over Ethernet. Features include a suite of welding-specific imaging software tools, image triggering, general-purpose...

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Arc welding robot delivers extra-long reach

November 19, 2014

The new Motoman® MA3120 arc welding robot features an extra-long reach arm that reduces the need for tracks. Available in floor-, wall-, and ceiling-mounted configurations and suitable for multiple robot layouts, the robot has twice the payload of the previous MA3100 model. The robot has a...

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Payload increased on arc welding robot

November 18, 2014

Yaskawa Motoman’s new 6-axis MA2010 arc welding robot features a 22-lb. payload, up from 6.6 lbs. on the previous MA1900 model, as well as a 23 percent larger wrist hole for utilities and a 6 percent longer reach. The robot, introduced with the DX200 controller, features a new contoured arm...

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Lightweight end effector tooling includes transfer press components, expanded clamp sizes

November 11, 2014

De-Sta-Co has expanded its Accelerate® collection of lightweight end effector tooling. The company has added more than 150 parts to the collection, including new transfer press components, expanded clamp sizes, and additional mounting options. Different pieces of the collection can be used to...

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Welding lathe features open naming convention for part welding parameter storage

November 10, 2014

Mavrix Welding Automation Inc. has launched a new line of horizontal and vertical welding lathes featuring PLC-based controls. The straightforward terminology of the PLC helps reduce the learning curve so that operators are ready to weld in minutes. With adaptive spindle speed compensation,...

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FANUC named as Forbes top global innovator for fourth consecutive year

November 5, 2014

FANUC Corp., a manufacturer of CNCs and robots in Rochester Hills, Mich., has been named one of the top 100 innovative companies in the world for the fourth consecutive year by Forbes®. The 2014 World's Most Innovative Companies list recognizes corporations that are most likely to be...

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Gantry robots scalable to meet any application footprint

November 3, 2014

Macron Dynamics Inc. has added two new products to its T-Bot and H-Bot gantry robot product lines: the TBG-12 and the HBG-12. The small, lightweight products are designed for difficult jobs and scalable to meet any application footprint. The gantry robot lines comprise four pick-and-place linear...

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