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Compact robot suited for limited-space applications

February 11, 2015

Comau has introduced the Racer 999 6-axis, articulated robot. With a reach of just less than 1 m (999 mm), the robot is suitable for applications in a limited space, including assembly, handling, machine tooling, and packaging. Designed for a payload of about 15 lbs., the robot can carry up to...

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Wolf Robotics joins collaboration to advance computer-aided robotics for welding

February 9, 2015

Wolf Robotics LLC, Fort Collins, Colo., has announced its participation in a collaboration of industry leaders working with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to make advancements in the area of computer-aided robotics for welding (CAR-W). CAR-W is a software technology that strives...

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North American robotics market has strongest year ever in 2014

February 6, 2015

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2014, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 27,685 robots valued at $1.6 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2014, an increase of 28 percent in units and 19 percent...

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Yaskawa Motoman announces partnerships with teams for Amazon Picking Challenge

February 5, 2015

Dayton, Ohio-based Yaskawa Motoman has selected Rutgers University’s PRACSYS Lab, The University of Texas Nuclear Robotics Group (NRG), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Autonomous Robotic Collaboration Lab (ARC) to receive a Motoman® dual-arm robot, which will be deployed for the Amazon...

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Robotic tool changer handles payloads to 600 lbs.

February 5, 2015

The new QC-160 robotic tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation has a high moment capacity in a lightweight, compact design. It uses the same locking mechanism as the company’s QC-200 series. The tool changer features internal lock/unlock sensing and five 3/8-NPT and four ½-NPT...

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7 Press automation trends lean toward continued integration, acceleration

January 29, 2015

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Automation trends culled from FABTECH and other products introduced throughout 2014 indicate more integration, acceleration are to come in 2015.

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Industrial robots global study: China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

January 28, 2015

By 2017 more industrial robots will be operating in China's production plants than in the European Union or North America. Operating unit numbers there will double from today's 200,000 to more than 400,000, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Frankfurt, Germany, in its 2014...

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Done-in-one meets structural fabrication

January 23, 2015

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New system introduces full automation to structural fabrication, including cutting, beam and plate handling, and welding.

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Lincoln Electric names president of global automation

January 22, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has promoted Steven B. Hedlund to senior vice president and president, global automation. Hedlund joined the company, a manufacturer of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel...

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Product protects cables in robotic workcells

January 14, 2015

Developed for robotic workcells, Base-RAP® from Güdel manages and protects cables between the energy chain of TrackMotion® floor and overhead modules and the base of the robot. Key components include protective cable conduit, brackets, and quick-access mounting clips. Conduits featuring...

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Robotic welding system configurable with most tank designs

December 26, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced the RoboTank™ robotic tank welding system for fabricators producing tanks and vessels for the energy, automotive, and heavy equipment industries. The system can be used to fabricate most tank designs and includes tooling used to present the weld joints...

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Welding trainer designed for robot programmers

December 22, 2014

Virtual Welding Robotics by Fronius is available to instructors to assist the training of robot programmers. With this simulation platform, trainees in robotic welding can get close to the action without the limitations imposed by safety devices or missing welding equipment. The system shows...

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ABB board nominates new chairman

December 18, 2014

The ABB board of directors has unanimously nominated Peter Voser to succeed Hubertus von Grünberg as chairman. Grünberg and Michael Treschow, chairman of the Governance and Nomination Committee, have decided not to stand for re-election to the board. David Constable will stand for election,...

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Smart equipment choices in structural fabrication

December 18, 2014

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Structural fabricators have a plethora of equipment options to choose from these days, and all the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing what’s available, as well as keeping a few basic factors in mind, can help a structural fabricator make an educated choice.

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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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