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Collaborative robots work safely beside humans

October 25, 2016

The latest evolution of robots, known as collaborative robots, can work side by side with humans to serve their needs and, in doing so, reduce fatigue, improve results, and increase the level of control and process integration. But how is it possible for humans and robots to work together?According...

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JMP Eng. achieves fourth technology designation with Rockwell Automation

October 18, 2016

London, Ont.-based JMP Eng., an engineering services company providing controls, information, and smart robotics systems for manufacturers, has announced it has met all requirements to receive both the Rockwell Automation Power Quality and Energy Management (PQ&EM) and Information and Enterprise...

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Welding gun models weigh less than 155 lbs.

October 12, 2016

CenterLine has introduced the FlexGun™ UL, the lightest-weight robotic spot welding gun that the company offers. It is available in X, C, and pinch base designs and nearly 100 standard model configurations.Most of the models weigh less than 155 lbs., making the gun suitable for use on...

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Robotic welding workcell minimizes floor space requirements

October 5, 2016

The ArcWorld® IV-6200SL Slim-Line workcell from Yaskawa Motoman features dual MA1440 arc welding robots with a DX200 controller, a high-speed Ferris wheel positioner, integrated welding package, operator interface, and a total safety environment. The RM2 positioner reduces floor space requirements...

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Hardware/software system recognizes, picks randomly placed parts

October 5, 2016

MotoSight™ 3D CanonVision is a hardware/software system from Yaskawa Motoman that uses a single 3-D machine vision head to recognize and pick parts that are randomly placed in bins. The system uses a Canon camera, which employs projected light patterns to locate the parts. Lighting is integrated...

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Robotic welding in a small shop

October 5, 2016 | By Dan Davis

TnL Welding, Sidney, Ohio, is a two-person operation with four robotic cells. Todd Whitt is the welder with the talent for getting automation to work smoothly. Kristen Whitt is getting her B.S. degree in welding technology by learning tips and tricks from her dad.

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The evolving bending-to-blanking ratio in metal fabrication

October 4, 2016 | By Dustin Diehl, Scott Ottens

How many lasers and punch presses do you have? How many press brakes? Determining the best ratio isn’t as straightforward as it once was. It’s a puzzle that must be looked at holistically. The trick is discovering which pieces fit best for your operation.

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Weld Systems Integrators names industry sales manager

October 3, 2016

Weld Systems Integrators Inc. (WSI), Warrensville Heights, Ohio, has hired Niels H. Johnson as industry sales manager. He has more than 10 years of industrial sales and marketing experience, including six years in the resistance welding industry. Before joining the company, he was director of sales...

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Atlas names director of engineering

September 29, 2016

Atlas Technologies LLC, Fenton, Mich., a provider of press-to-press automation and system integrations, has hired Patrick Schwartz as director of engineering, responsible for the mechanical and controls engineering departments. Schwartz has 24 years of automation experience, working previously for...

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Beckhoff USA opens sales/support office in Texas

September 28, 2016

Savage, Minn.-based Beckhoff Automation LLC has opened a regional sales and support office in Plano, Texas. The 2,600-sq.-ft. office provides sales and engineering expertise for customers in the south-central U.S.The facility includes sales offices, engineering labs, and training facilities. Local...

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Online configurator aids customization of robotic nozzle cleaning stations

September 28, 2016

A new online configurator from Tregaskiss helps users customize TOUGH GUN™ TT3 Reamer robotic nozzle cleaning stations to match the needs of their welding applications. Users follow a series of steps to configure a reamer model, first selecting the V-block and cutter blade to match the OD and...

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Robotic nozzle cleaning station introduced

September 22, 2016

The new Robo-Quip robotic nozzle cleaning station from American Weldquip features a self-aligning nozzle clamp system that adjusts automatically to any nozzle OD, an enclosed antispatter chamber, and a 1.5-qt. antispatter reservoir. V-blocks and adjustments when changing nozzles have been...

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Robotic torch system is water-cooled

September 21, 2016

American Weldquip has introduced a water-cooled version of the ArcSafe™ Advantage hollow-wrist robotic torch system. The 550 series water-cooled system’s rotary electrical joint eliminates electrical cable twisting and torsional strain to help increase cable life. Its modular design concept...

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High-tech stamping in Amish country

September 21, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

The SUPERB™ factory in Sugarcreek, Ohio performs surprisingly high-tech operations in a traditional village in Amish country, including stamping components for next-generation power grid storage units for Alevo. To meet the demand to stamp and assemble 100 million battery components, the manufacturer installed automated assembly equipment.

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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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