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Acme Mfg. names director of engineering

May 11, 2016

Acme Mfg. Co., Auburn Hills, Mich., a designer and manufacturer of integrated robotic automation for polishing, buffing, deburring, and grinding systems, has hired Dan Sula, MScEng, as director of engineering. Sula has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, flexible...

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Toyota to base new factories on EtherCAT

May 10, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced it has selected Beckhoff Automation’s EtherCAT® as its industrial Ethernet technology and will base its new factories around the world on the technology. EtherCAT also is an essential part of Toyota’s new IoT deployment strategy. "In order to smoothly...

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Comau robot wins NED Innovation Award

May 5, 2016

Southfield, Mich.-based Comau has received the 2016 NED Innovation Award from New Equipment Digest for its Racer3 robot. The robot was one of 11 innovations to receive the award from a selection of 2,000 technologies. The high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot features a payload of 6.6 lbs. and a...

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Yaskawa Motoman demonstrates career path opportunities to students

April 28, 2016

To celebrate National Robotics Week, Yaskawa Motoman invited student groups to take tours of its Dayton, Ohio, facility and to speak with automation professionals about future job opportunities. Attendees also had the opportunity to see live robotics demonstrations. More than 350 students from...

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North American robotics market records strongest opening quarter ever

April 28, 2016

The North American robotics market has set new records to begin 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 7,406 robots, valued at about $402 million, during Q1 2016. This is a new record among opening quarters—7 percent higher...

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Güdel appoints CEO

April 26, 2016

Güdel Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has appointed Stuart “Stu” Shepherd as CEO following the retirement of Stefan Nilsson. Shepherd is responsible for the operations and performance of the U.S. and Canadian businesses. Before joining the...

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Articulated robot applications to lift industrial robotics market through 2020

April 20, 2016

According to “Industrial Robotics Market in the U.S. 2016-2020,” a market study released by London-based Technavio, the industrial robotics market in the U.S. is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 12.25 percent during the forecast period. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the market...

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FANUC America expands operations

April 13, 2016

FANUC America Corp., a supplier of robotics, CNCs, and factory automation based in Rochester Hills, Mich., will open four new facilities, relocate three facilities to larger offices, and add three new regional training centers in 2016. The company plans to:Add a manufacturing and distribution...

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Acieta founder steps down as company president

April 5, 2016

Thirty-three years after founding Automated Concepts Inc., the company that became Acieta LLC, a Pewaukee, Wis., provider of industry robotic system integration, John Burg has stepped down as company president. Blake Consdorf has taken over as the new divisional president of Acieta Iowa, Council...

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Cloos Robotic Welding opens Houston facility

April 5, 2016

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Cloos Robotic Welding Inc., a subsidiary of Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH located in Haiger, Germany, has opened a new facility in Houston. The company offers automated welding systems for pipe welding and heavy metal fabrication, using such processes as tandem, cold...

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AGT Robotics to host robotic welding system webinar April 8

April 4, 2016

AGT Robotics will host a webinar on Apr. 8, 2016, at 12:00 EDT presenting its latest robotic welding system for multiple applications. After a short introduction and a technical presentation of the system, participants will see a live demonstration and be able to ask the presenter questions. To...

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ABB Robotics introduces online, interactive training course

March 22, 2016

ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., has introduced IRC5 Operations Web Based Training (US519), an online, interactive training course that teaches students how to operate a robot using the ABB FlexPendant and the IRC5 robot controller. The course modules are self-paced, with videos, interactive...

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Matrix Design opens facility in Illinois

March 9, 2016

Matrix Design LLC has opened an additional production facility in South Elgin, Ill. The 17,000-sq.-ft. building will more than double capacity, enabling more robotic automation systems to be built and powered concurrently. “Having this new space a few steps away from our main plant will...

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North American robotics market sets new records in 2015

February 10, 2016

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion during 2015, an increase of 14 percent in units and 11 percent in dollars over 2014....

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Matrix Design opens Indiana sales office

January 29, 2016

Matrix Design LLC, South Elgin, Ill., a manufacturer of robotic automation systems, has opened a sales office in Indianapolis. The office is led by Tim Fenner, sales specialist. The office serves industries in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and surrounding...

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