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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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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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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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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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Association for Advancing Automation's new website presents automation success stories

January 9, 2014

The Association for Advancing Automation, Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a new blog-based website,, to promote the use of automation. The site features blog posts that cover automation strategies and stories of businesses that are competing successfully in today’s global...

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Genesis Systems Group expands, adds jobs

January 7, 2014

Genesis Systems Group has announced a $4.6 million capital investment in a 61,000-sq.-ft. building in Davenport, Iowa. The expansion will allow the company to implement lean manufacturing processes and produce many of its subassemblies internally. The expansion will add nine jobs immediately,...

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Yaskawa Motoman employee receives 2013 AWS arc welding award

January 6, 2014

Robotics company Yaskawa Motoman, Dayton, Ohio, has announced that Chris Anderson, welding product marketing manager, has received the 2013 Excellence in Robotic and Automated Arc Welding Award (ERAAW) from the American Welding Society (AWS), Doral, Fla. The award recognizes individual...

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FANUC merges all operations in the Americas into single corporation

December 16, 2013

FANUC has officially merged all of its operations in the Americas into a single company: FANUC America Corp. The new company, with headquarters in Rochester Hills, Mich., has 22 locations supplying robots, CNC machines, and factory automation systems. Rick Schneider, previously president of FANUC...

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CenterLine launches updated website

December 11, 2013

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has launched a redesigned website at Updated to improve navigation and functionality, the site provides improved access to downloadable content and simplifies searches for specific information about the company's products and services,...

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Koike Aronson, Miller Electric enter strategic agreement

December 4, 2013

Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome, Arcade, N.Y., and Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., have entered into a strategic partnership agreement under which Koike distributes Miller products for SAW, automated GMAW, automated FCAW, and electroslag welding throughout North, South, and Central America....

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Mazak Optonics partners with Tekmag

December 4, 2013

Mazak Optonics Corp., a supplier of laser cutting systems in Elgin, Ill., has announced a new partnership with Tekmag, a Milan, Italy-based automation systems manufacturer specializing in customized storage systems. The new partnership adds to a continuing 12+ years of providing automation...

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Lincoln Electric to acquire Robolution GMBH

November 18, 2013

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Robolution GmbH, a leading European provider of robotic arc welding systems. Based outside of Frankfurt, Germany, the company serves a number of leading automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers....

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