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Robotic collision dampener provides extra crash protection

September 21, 2016

The new Xtra-Guard robotic collision dampener from American Weldquip is designed for use with the ArcSafe™ Advantage hollow-wrist robotic system. The unit has a built-in spring deflection feature that allows an additional 15 degrees of end-of-arm movement in the event of a crash. Most integrated...

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Compact robots made for restricted-space applications

September 14, 2016

Comau offers two new robots—Racer5-0.63 and Racer5-0.80—for quick applications in restricted spaces, including handling, assembly, and pick-and-place. Both are controlled by the R1C 19-in. rack-mounted controller, which can be integrated into a single cabinet to control an entire line. The...

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Robotic heads available with slug detection

September 13, 2016

Laser Mechanisms' FiberCUT® robotic cutting heads now are available with integrated slug detection. The head tests for slug retention; if it finds a slug, the cutting head immediately recuts the feature while still fixtured in the robotic cutting cell. No additional sensing station is required....

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Automation system comprises laser cutter, loader/unloader, and storage unit

August 24, 2016

Power-Tech has introduced the Crane Master Store for full automation of the production process. The system comprises the Eagle iNspire or Eagle eVision laser cutter, the Crane Master loader/unloader, and the TwinTower storage unit for sheet metal stock. The loader/unloader receives sheets from the...

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Compact robot designed for arc welding applications

August 16, 2016

ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1660ID, a compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications. Its Integrated DressPack design simplifies programming and simulation of predictable cable movements. The robot features a strong, rigid upper arm with a 5-ft. reach and 13-lb. payload....

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Yaskawa Motoman receives reaccreditation status from IACET

August 15, 2016

The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc., Dayton, Ohio, a provider of robotic systems for arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing, and spot welding, has been awarded reaccreditation status from the...

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Atlas appoints general manager

August 11, 2016

Atlas Technologies LLC, Fenton, Mich., has named Andrew Basgall as general manager. Former General Manager Bill Rogner has transitioned to director of sales. Basgall has 40 years of automotive and manufacturing experience. He previously worked as a senior project manager at...

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Coldwater Machine enters enhanced strategic partnership with Yaskawa Motoman

August 8, 2016

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co., a manufacturer and integrator of assembly automation and special machines for the automotive, appliance, energy, and aerospace industries, has entered into an enhanced strategic partner agreement with Yaskawa Motoman, Miamisburg, Ohio. The Ascend16...

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4-axis SCARA robot offered with three different reaches

July 29, 2016

Comau has introduced Rebel-S, a 4-axis SCARA robot, in five different models with a payload of 13 lbs. and three different reaches. All models are controlled by the R1C 19-in. rack-mounted controller, which can be integrated into a single cabinet to control an entire line. An openRobotics...

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Fipa develops lightweight EOAT for FANUC America

July 26, 2016

Fipa Inc., a manufacturer of vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) in Cary, N.C., has created a custom EOAT for FANUC America Corp. for use on its robotic automation systems. The 15-lb. EOAT helps extend the range of parts that the robots can...

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Custom automated manufacturing equipment suppliers form Smart Automation Group

July 26, 2016

Several suppliers of custom automated manufacturing equipment have launched the Smart Automation Group, a collaborative partnership. Eclipse Automation, Insys Industriesysteme AG, Transmoduls Ltd., SMZ Wickel-und Montagetechnik AG, JULI Technology, and ITE Automation have joined together to...

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SKS extends worldwide network of subsidiaries

July 20, 2016

Kaiserslautern, Germany-based SKS Welding Systems GmbH, a producer of automated and robot-assisted welding systems, has announced it is extending its global organization by adding three new subsidiaries, doubling its number to six. The subsidiaries are SKS Welding Systems Inc. in Rochester...

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Still asking Elmer

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

The Ask Elmer column, written by Hobart Institute of Welding Technology instructor Elmer Swank, appeared in Practical Welding Today for four years. Even though the column no longer exists, Swank is still in the business of answering questions and developing good welders.

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Servo-Robot relocates to larger facility in Wisconsin

July 18, 2016

Servo-Robot Corp. has announced its relocation to the Technology Innovation Center in the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa, Wis. The new facility provides extra space for the company’s technical center, used to conduct application developments and for customer...

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Robot monitoring system designed to enhance safety

July 11, 2016

ABB Robotics has launched SafeMove2, the latest generation of its safety certified robot monitoring software. According to the company, the software is designed to enable closer collaboration among robots and factory workers by restricting robot motion to precisely what is needed for a specific...

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