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Webinar to cover basics of robot end effectors

January 16, 2012

The Robotic Industries Association will present a Webinar, "Basics of Robot End Effectors," on Feb. 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST. Through video, narration, and coverage by an experienced industry veteran, the Webinar will describe robot end effectors such as parallel jaw, vacuum, and magnet-based...

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FANUC named top global innovator by Thomson Reuters

December 20, 2011

FANUC Corp., a manufacturer of CNC systems, robots, and machine tools in Japan, has been named by Thomson Reuters, New York, as a 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator℠. The program evaluates innovation performance of companies that invent on a significant scale, work on developments that are...

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ATI Industrial Automation breaks ground on operations expansion -

ATI Industrial Automation breaks ground on operations expansion

November 27, 2011

ATI Industrial Automation, a developer of robotic peripheral equipment, has broken ground for an operations expansion at its corporate headquarters in Apex, N.C. Driven by high demand for the company's end-effector products, the expansion more than doubles its current manufacturing and inventory...

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ABB Robotics hosts Technology Days event

November 7, 2011

ABB Robotics hosted nearly 1,000 people during its annual Technology Days event in October at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 55,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor included more than 40 live robot-related demonstrations from ABB and more than a dozen...

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Balluff celebrates 90th anniversary -

Balluff celebrates 90th anniversary

October 31, 2011

Balluff, a manufacturer of sensors for factory automation and systems for industrial communication with headquarters in Neuhausen, Germany, marks 90 years in business in 2011. The company has subsidiaries in 54 countries on all continents, including Balluff Inc. in Florence, Ky. The firm...

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Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary -

Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary

October 18, 2011

Swiss company Bystronic, a supplier of lasers, press brakes, waterjets, software, and automation equipment for sheet metal processing, marks its 25th anniversary this year. In light of this, the company celebrated the milestone over a three week period in September at its world headquarters in...

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OTC Daihen, Miller Welding to host Aluminar 2011 October 5

September 21, 2011

OTC Daihen and Miller Welding are hosting a complimentary one-day seminar, Aluminar 2011, at Miller Welding's facility, 311 Post Road, Buchanan, Mich., on Wednesday, October 5. The seminar will feature demonstrations of aluminum arc welding equipment from OTC, including wave pulse MIG, hybrid...

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OTC Daihen names new president -

OTC Daihen names new president

September 14, 2011

After leading OTC Daihen Inc., Tipp City, Ohio, for nearly five years, Keitaro Takahashi will step down as president. His successor, Masahiko "Masa" Sakida (pictured), has more than 24 years of experience in the welding and robotics...

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Serapid supplies push/pull systems to Reed City Tool -

Serapid supplies push/pull systems to Reed City Tool

August 23, 2011

Serapid Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., has delivered several push/pull systems for die handling automation to Reed City Tool of Reed City, Mich. Seven RollBeams are used to push the dies in and out of the presses. Six have 5 ft. of travel and one has 10 ft. of travel. Each pushes the 18,000-lb....

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North American robot orders jump 41 percent in first half of 2011

August 9, 2011

Fueled by its best quarter in six years, the North American robotics industry jumped 41 percent in the first half of 2011, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 8,879 robots valued at $577.8 million were ordered by North American...

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DE-STA-CO appoints new president

August 1, 2011

DE-STA-CO, a manufacturer of robotic tooling, workholding, and flexible industrial automation systems in Auburn Hills, Mich., has appointed John Podczerwinski to the position of president. For more than three years, Podczerwinski has led VSG, North and South Americas, a Dover Company, as vice...

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ATI Industrial Automation schedules open house -

ATI Industrial Automation schedules open house

July 11, 2011

ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, N.C., will host its 5th annual Open House and Technology Training Fair at the Detroit sales office in Orion Township, Mich., on Aug. 18. Discussions will detail the many new end-effector products the company has developed over the past year, along with its...

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Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider -

Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider

June 20, 2011

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has recertified Motoman Robotics, Dayton, Ohio, a division of Yaskawa America Inc., as an authorized provider under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2007 standard. Motoman Robotics has been an authorized provider since 1993,...

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AccuBilt hires sales engineer -

AccuBilt hires sales engineer

May 23, 2011

AccuBilt Inc., Jackson, Mich., has named Jon Grugel as sales engineer. He has more than 20 years of sales experience in the welding industry working with robotic integrators, gas and welding supply distributors, welding power supply companies, and metal fabricators, as well as other industries....

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Robot orders surge 31 percent in first quarter of 2011

May 16, 2011

North American robotics companies enjoyed their best opening quarter since 2007, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., the industry's trade group. A total of 4,021 robots valued at $263.5 million were ordered by North American manufacturing...

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