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Daihen opens Midwest office in Iowa

April 13, 2015

Daihen Inc., a subsidiary of Daihen Corp., manufacturer of arc welding equipment including robots and peripheral devices, has opened a new office and demonstration center in Davenport, Iowa. The facility—the company’s sixth in North America—includes a live demonstration area for its...

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ABB opens new automation and power service office in Louisiana

April 13, 2015

ABB has opened a new local service office in Sulphur, La. The office provides services and support for the company’s automation and power portfolio, including control systems, instrumentation, analytical products, low-voltage drives, and power systems and products. Staffed with engineering,...

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Kuka opens new aerospace facility in France

April 10, 2015

Kuka Systems Aerospace has opened a new R&D and production facility for advanced automation systems in Le Haillan, France. The plant manufactures multifunction end effectors for robotic processes used in aircraft assembly. The company acquired the French operation Alema Automation, a...

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Wolf Robotics hosts Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper

April 8, 2015

Gov. John Hickenlooper toured Wolf Robotics, Fort Collins, Colo., on March 19, 2015. He was accompanied by Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat, City Manager Darin Atteberry, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Fiona Arnold, and Industry...

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igus to demonstrate products at Rhode Island Robot Block Party on April 11

April 2, 2015

East Providence, R.I.-based igus, a provider of motion plastics and founder of the Young Engineers Support program, will wrap up National Robotics Week with an educational celebration at the 2nd annual Robot Block Party, April 11 at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center, from 12:00 to 4:00...

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Robot offers elevated payload

March 31, 2015

Comau has introduced the Smart NJ 650 robot with an elevated payload for manipulating components of significant size and weight. The robot can handle a payload of up to 1,433 lbs. and has a maximum horizontal reach of 8.86 ft. It features high stiffness; a compact, space-saving design; and an...

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Spot welding robot features reduced profile

March 30, 2015

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics offers the MS80W II spot welding robot. The lightweight robot has a reduced profile compared to traditional high-payload spot welding robots. It offers simplified integration into SpotWorlds®, expanded wrist motion range to eliminate interference, and up to 70 percent less...

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Schuler’s Crossbar Robot 4.0 receives Red Dot Award for product design

March 30, 2015

Göppingen, Germany-based press manufacturer Schuler has received the Red Dot Award in the Industry, Machines, and Robot Technology category. An international jury of experts chose the robot out of more than 4,900 entries. The robot transfers parts from one stage of a press line to the next. It...

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Yaskawa Electric partners with Argo Medical Technologies Ltd.

March 25, 2015

In an effort to accelerate the development of its service robotics business in the robotics human assist field, Yaskawa Electric Corp., a provider of core technologies focused on motion control, robotics, and system engineering in Kitakyushu, Japan, has formed a strategic alliance with Argo Medical...

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Gauging welding’s success

March 25, 2015

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In recent years Ashcroft’s Connecticut plant has changed significantly. It’s an operation transitioning from batch-style production to lean part flow, and a new, flexible welding cell has helped the manufacturer prepare for future improvements.

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Multiprocess welding lathe incorporates water-cooled torches

March 19, 2015

The new PLC-based, multiprocess welding lathe from Mavrix Welding Automation is designed for hardfacing and build-up welding applications. With the use of a D/F Machine Specialties high-amperage, water-cooled torch, users can run subarc, GMAW, and gasless applications in one cell. The...

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Transition to welding robotics inevitable across industries globally, says study

March 16, 2015

Modernization needs in the competitive global market and the rising emphasis on energy efficiency are steering industries toward automation. This trend is driving the uptake of welding robots over manual welding methods. While demand from the automotive and transportation industry will be robust,...

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Evana Automation ships robotic material handling system to medical device manufacturer

March 16, 2015

Evansville, Ind.-based Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, has shipped a robotic material handling system to a medical device manufacturer. The system transports wire-shaping fixtures to one of several heat-treat furnaces, a...

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5 things to know about robotic GMAW guns

March 11, 2015

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When choosing the best robotic welding system for your operation, make sure to pay special attention to the gun and consumables. One size does not fit all.

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ABB to expand in Tennessee

March 4, 2015

Power and automation technology provider ABB will invest $30 million in building a new manufacturing site and expanding its customer experience center for its Low Voltage Products division in the Memphis, Tenn., area. The investment will initially create more than 200 jobs, with 100 more jobs...

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