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RIA to present Engelberger Awards

February 22, 2011

The Engelberger Robotics Award, the industry's highest honor, will be presented to Åke Lindqvist and Henrik Christensen during a dinner ceremony on March 22 in Chicago. Each recipient will be presented a commemorative medallion and a $5,000 honorarium. The award, sponsored by Robotic Industries...

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Arc welding robot fully integrates process equipment - TheFabricator.com

Arc welding robot fully integrates process equipment

February 22, 2011

ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 2600ID integrated dress pack model midsized robot designed for arc welding. With its 6.56-ft. reach and 17.64-lb. payload, the robot features a flexible conduit in its upper arm/wrist for routing the cables and hoses, fully integrating the process equipment...

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Laser guidance system for SAW includes noncontact tracking of true root position - TheFabricator.com

Laser guidance system for SAW includes noncontact tracking of true root position

February 17, 2011

Meta Vision Systems has introduced a new version of its VistaWeld laser guidance system for increasing the speed and accuracy of SAW in longitudinal pipe mills. The new version includes noncontact tracking of the true root position and built-in look-ahead compensation as standard features. The...

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Compact robot controller functionality extended - TheFabricator.com

Compact robot controller functionality extended

February 17, 2011

ABB Robotics has extended the functionality of its IRC5 compact controller to six additional robot families. The unit now supports the IRB 120, IRB 140, IRB 260, IRB 360 FlexPicker™, IRB 1410, and IRB 1600 robot families. The controller is compatible with the standard- and panel-mount...

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Genesis Systems Group establishes robotic welding scholarship

February 7, 2011

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced a new scholarship resulting from an agreement among Genesis Systems Group LLC, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Engineering Program, and Scott County Schools. The Andy Zinn-Genesis Systems Group scholarship is...

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Changeover system accommodates up to 10 torch bodies

February 7, 2011

Fronius Intl. has introduced the Robacta TX welding torch body changeover system. Its console can accommodate up to 10 torch bodies. The device for cutting the welding wire is flanged onto the console. The system automatically cuts the wire before the torch body is changed, winds the wire back,...

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Parallel grippers handle long tooling, heavy parts - TheFabricator.com

Parallel grippers handle long tooling, heavy parts

February 7, 2011

PHD offers series GRK low-profile parallel grippers. They feature the highest grip force in their class, according to the manufacturer, and provide a high moment load capacity to handle long tooling and heavy parts. The ultrarigid, wear-compensating jaw guide system is designed to eliminate...

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Automated material handling Q & A

February 2, 2011

Editor's Note: This question-and-answer article probes new automation technology with Enrique Pano, ABB Robotics press automation manager.Q: What automated material handling challenges do stampers currently face?A: Stampers have always been pressured to improve material handling while reducing...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Arc Products

February 1, 2011

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Arc Products, a privately-held manufacturer of orbital welding systems and welding automation components based in Southern California. Arc Products has annual sales of approximately $5 million and...

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Robotic welding cell developed for high-mix fabrication environments - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding cell developed for high-mix fabrication environments

January 24, 2011

Applications Technologies Co. has developed the Flex System welding cell for high-mix fabrication environments. Designed around a Fanuc ARC Mate® 120iC robot, the cell's two welding zones each have a 30- by 72-in. welding area that can be set up for a mix of stationary tooling or...

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Ivy Tech Community College named Motoman-endorsed robotics instructor training center

January 24, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College is now a Motoman-endorsed robotics instructor training (MERIT) center. The program helps community colleges and universities bring Motoman training to the regional manufacturing work force. Initially the Columbus, Ind., campus of Ivy Tech will deliver the DX100 Basic...

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Medium-capacity range multipurpose robot introduced - TheFabricator.com

Medium-capacity range multipurpose robot introduced

January 3, 2011

ABB Robotics has introduced the new IRB 2600, the latest model in its medium-capacity range of multipurpose robots. It features a compact design, an ultrawide working envelope, a payload capacity up to 44.09 lbs., and a total arm weight of less than 661.39 lbs. Suitable for arc welding...

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Robot cable line expanded

January 3, 2011

Twistable hybrid, bus, motor, and fiber-optic cables have been added by igus® to its torsion-resistant Chainflex® robot cable range. The line includes five with a PUR outer jacket. CF-Robot 9 is a hybrid control cable that is available shielded or unshielded. CF-Robot 8 is a shielded bus cable,...

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High-speed punch press controls introduced

December 13, 2010

FANUC FA America has introduced the 30i/31i-P model B high-speed punch press controls. The CNCs have increased hit rates as a result of high-speed punch control cycles and an increased number of controllable axes: 32/20 maximum controlled axes and 24/4 maximum simultaneously controlled axes,...

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Minster relocates expanding Automation Division

December 6, 2010

The Minster Machine Co. will relocate its expanding Automation Division from Beaufort, S.C., to its global manufacturing headquarters in Minster, Ohio. "The decision was made to facilitate our Automation Initiative, which includes expanding our existing technologies and product offerings to...

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