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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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End effector tips to keep the press running

October 31, 2014


Is there room for improvement in a high-speed stamping operation? In the endless journey of continuous improvement, the answer is yes. One of the first places to focus is on the end effector tooling on the material handling automation.

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Giving a welding robot some eyes

October 22, 2014


Vision systems for a welding application usually are reserved for critical jobs associated with high costs of failure. New technology developments, however, may be introducing this technology to a new audience.

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Murata Machinery USA marks 40 years in business

October 16, 2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based Murata Machinery USA Inc., a provider of high-production machine tools and industrial automation, celebrates its 40th year in business in 2014. The firm offers sales, service, and support of the Muratec brand in North America. The company, a subsidiary of Murata Machinery...

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The information age of automation

October 14, 2014


These days automation and efficiency are givens. Today, more executives are talking about something that, in the high-product-mix world of metal fabrication, can be incredibly complex. They're talking about information.

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Laser sensor designed for robotic arc welding

October 9, 2014

Meta Vision Systems offers the SLS ARC laser sensor for robotic arc welding applications. It is suitable for seam finding and real-time weld seam tracking in all of the typical welding processes, including high-current GMAW and FCAW. The sensor offers fully automatic image quality optimization,...

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