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Reamer stand available in custom heights

June 30, 2016

Tregaskiss has announced the availability of the TOUGH GUN® reamer stand, designed for its TOUGH GUN TT3 and TT3E reamer robotic nozzle cleaning stations. This fixed stand can be ordered in custom heights from 18 to 45 in. The reamer stand includes a standardized 8.5- by 6.5-in. hole pattern...

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ABB appoints president of Discrete Automation and Motion division

June 15, 2016

Zurich, Switzerland-based ABB has appointed Sami Atiya as president of the Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division. He succeeds Pekka Tiitinen, who will serve as managing director of ABB in Finland. Atiya worked for Siemens for 18 years, most recently as CEO of the Mobility and Logistics...

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CNCs simplify setup of automated cells

June 10, 2016

With the Sinumerik 828 CNC family, Siemens offers a method for connecting robots to machine tools. Different types of robots designed by different manufacturers can be connected to machines equipped with the CNCs using the Sinumerik Integrate Run MyRobot/EasyConnect interface to perform...

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Wand developed for GMAW/GTAW weld cleaning system

June 7, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies has launched the new Surfox™ Wand, compatible with the Surfox 304 GMAW/GTAW weld cleaning system. The wand, which features an ergonomic handle, is articulated for a wide range of motion. Its quick-change system allows the user to change accessories and clean larger...

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Matrix Design achieves certified servicing integrator status

June 1, 2016

Matrix Design LLC, South Elgin, Ill., a developer of robotic automation systems and services, has been recognized as a FANUC certified servicing integrator. FANUC provides this certification to authorized system integrators who have demonstrated mastery in knowledge of robot operations,...

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ST Robotics names distribution partners in North America

May 25, 2016

Princeton, N.J.-based ST Robotics has announced distribution agreements with RobotShop and SuperDroid Robots to deliver its ST R series articulated and cylindrical robot arm systems across North America. ST Robotics offers robots for a number of industries, including manufacturing....

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Genesis Systems Group adds Washington office

May 20, 2016

Genesis Systems Group, a provider of robotic systems integration, has added a sales and engineering office in Lynnwood, Wash. The office supports key local accounts in the aerospace industry with pre- and postsales activity and also functions as the base of operation for regional project execution...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Vizient Mfg. Solutions

May 16, 2016

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has acquired Vizient® Mfg. Solutions, a Bettendorf, Iowa-based, privately held robotic integrator that provides custom-engineered tooling and automated arc welding systems for general and heavy fabrication applications. Lincoln Electric is a...

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Acme Mfg. names director of engineering

May 11, 2016

Acme Mfg. Co., Auburn Hills, Mich., a designer and manufacturer of integrated robotic automation for polishing, buffing, deburring, and grinding systems, has hired Dan Sula, MScEng, as director of engineering. Sula has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, flexible...

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Robotic nozzle-cleaning station integrates in digital controls infrastructure

May 11, 2016

Tregaskiss has introduced its new TOUGH GUN™ TT3E reamer, a robotic nozzle-cleaning station with digital Ethernet communications to integrate into users’ digital controls infrastructure. The reamer eliminates the need for an analog switch and reduces cabling requirements within the robotic...

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Toyota to base new factories on EtherCAT

May 10, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced it has selected Beckhoff Automation’s EtherCAT® as its industrial Ethernet technology and will base its new factories around the world on the technology. EtherCAT also is an essential part of Toyota’s new IoT deployment strategy. "In order to smoothly...

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Comau robot wins NED Innovation Award

May 5, 2016

Southfield, Mich.-based Comau has received the 2016 NED Innovation Award from New Equipment Digest for its Racer3 robot. The robot was one of 11 innovations to receive the award from a selection of 2,000 technologies. The high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot features a payload of 6.6 lbs. and a...

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Yaskawa Motoman demonstrates career path opportunities to students

April 28, 2016

To celebrate National Robotics Week, Yaskawa Motoman invited student groups to take tours of its Dayton, Ohio, facility and to speak with automation professionals about future job opportunities. Attendees also had the opportunity to see live robotics demonstrations. More than 350 students from...

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North American robotics market records strongest opening quarter ever

April 28, 2016

The North American robotics market has set new records to begin 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 7,406 robots, valued at about $402 million, during Q1 2016. This is a new record among opening quarters—7 percent higher...

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Lightweight tooling helps increase robot capacity

April 27, 2016

IMI Precision Eng. offers IMI Norgren Featherweight tooling. According to the company, the tooling is up to 70 percent lighter than existing modular tooling, so it can consume less energy, increase robot speed, and carry more cups. A ball clamp allows the crossbar to be positioned close to the...

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