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PHD to expand Indiana facility

April 24, 2014

PHD Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., a manufacturer and supplier of industrial automation components, has announced plans to expand operations in its Huntington, Ind., facility, creating up to 22 new jobs by 2017. The $4.18 million investment will equip the 76,000-sq.-ft. production facility with...

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Koike Aronson announces record-breaking equipment order

April 17, 2014

Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome, a manufacturer of welding positioners and cutting machines in Arcade, N.Y., has announced that it has received the biggest single order in its history: a $14 million sale to a company outside of the U.S. The order is for Ransome vertical up welding machines a Ransome...

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Baltimore light-rail vehicles to use ABB traction technology in retrofit

April 14, 2014

Power and automation technology group ABB, Cary, N.C., has obtained a contract from Alstom Transport to supply new traction converters associated with the modernized train control management system (TCMS) and new electrical control panels for the overhaul of Baltimore’s entire fleet of 53...

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Miniature modular encoders suited for many motion control applications

April 10, 2014

Heidenhain offers the ERO 1200/1400 series of modular optical rotary encoders without integral bearing. The noncontact encoders are suitable for motion control use on dynamic stages and machines in the general automation and semiconductor industries, such as pick-and-place machines. They also are...

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Electron Beam Technologies announces executive changes

April 1, 2014

Electron Beam Technologies Inc., Kankakee, Ill., a worldwide OEM supplier of coaxial/composite welding cables and conduit systems for automation, has announced the promotion of Valgene E. Raloff to president and Bob Tokoly to CFO/COO upon the retirement of Paul Wlos. Raloff, who has been with...

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Pemamek receives welding automation award

March 31, 2014

Based on its recent analysis of the welding automation market, Frost & Sullivan, Mountain View, Calif., has recognized Pemamek Oy Ltd., Loimaa, Finland, with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year. The company, a provider of welding and production automation systems for...

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Robotic torch system offers 360-degree rotation

March 26, 2014

The ArcSafe™ Advantage robotic torch system from American Weldquip is designed for use on all hollow-wrist robots. The system’s rotary electrical joint provides unlimited, continuous 360-degree rotation to allow for shorter rotational reorientations during weld programming. It also...

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Vision-guided technology speeds setup time

March 24, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart-camera system that helps simplify vision-guided robotics applications. Using 2-D vision guidance, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location, offering inspection, defect detection, guidance, alignment, and...

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Parts transfer system helps increase productivity on tandem press lines

March 24, 2014

ABB offers the IRB 6660FX, a flexible transfer system for medium-size parts. Suitable for use with new and existing press lines, the system comprises a dual-action unit that creates a 7-axis robot, allowing parts to be transferred rapidly along a linear path without rotation. The system also...

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Worker Automation redesigns website

March 19, 2014

Worker Automation Inc., Covington, Ohio, a provider of custom robotic systems, has redesigned its website at www.arcworker.com. The site features more photos, embedded video of cells in action, information on standard cells that can be custom-configured for different needs, details on machine...

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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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Single-cable system for servo drive reduces hardware requirements

February 11, 2014

All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With HMC 6, the Hybrid Motor Cable Project, Heidenhain has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical...

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