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Applied Manufacturing Technologies promotes engineering manager

January 18, 2012

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), a supplier of factory automation design, engineering, and process consulting services in Orion, Mich., has announced the appointment of Craig Salvalaggio as the new engineering manager for its General Industries Group. In this position, he is responsible...

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Webinar to cover basics of robot end effectors

January 16, 2012

The Robotic Industries Association will present a Webinar, "Basics of Robot End Effectors," on Feb. 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST. Through video, narration, and coverage by an experienced industry veteran, the Webinar will describe robot end effectors such as parallel jaw, vacuum, and magnet-based...

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Bilsing Automation appoints international sales director - TheFabricator.com

Bilsing Automation appoints international sales director

January 16, 2012

Bilsing Automation, Clinton Township, Mich., has announced the appointment of Klaus Meier to the new position of international sales director. Based at the company’s global headquarters in Attendorn, Germany, he is responsible for worldwide sales and marketing efforts, order intake, and...

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Fabrication automation - TheFabricator.com

Fabrication automation

January 10, 2012

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Need help dealing with the skilled worker shortage? Eric Lundin, editor of TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal, interviewed several automated equipment manufacturers for their perspectives on automation for tube and pipe fabrication.

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FANUC named top global innovator by Thomson Reuters

December 20, 2011

FANUC Corp., a manufacturer of CNC systems, robots, and machine tools in Japan, has been named by Thomson Reuters, New York, as a 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator℠. The program evaluates innovation performance of companies that invent on a significant scale, work on developments that are...

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Robotic GMAW gun series expanded - TheFabricator.com

Robotic GMAW gun series expanded

December 14, 2011

Tregaskiss has expanded its TOUGH GUN™ ThruArm™ G2 series of robotic GMAW guns to include configurations for robots from ABB, FANUC, Kuka, and OTC. The guns' alignment features help maintain tool-center point for reliability and consistency. The series includes low-stress robotic...

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ATI Industrial Automation breaks ground on operations expansion - TheFabricator.com

ATI Industrial Automation breaks ground on operations expansion

November 27, 2011

ATI Industrial Automation, a developer of robotic peripheral equipment, has broken ground for an operations expansion at its corporate headquarters in Apex, N.C. Driven by high demand for the company's end-effector products, the expansion more than doubles its current manufacturing and inventory...

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Fully automated, servo-controlled cell loading, sorting systems offered - TheFabricator.com

Fully automated, servo-controlled cell loading, sorting systems offered

November 27, 2011

Muratec USA, the machine tool division of Murata Machinery USA Inc., offers the FG series cell loader with fully automated, servo-controlled loading and sorting for flexibility in sheet metal automation and material handling. The cell loader systems employ servo-control technology for axis...

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GMAW process extends travel speeds beyond the limits of normal spray arc welding - TheFabricator.com

GMAW process extends travel speeds beyond the limits of normal spray arc welding

November 27, 2011

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has introduced Swift Arc Transfer (SAT™), a GMAW process that uses OK AristoRod™ noncopper-coated wires at travel speeds beyond the limits of normal spray arc welding. During GMAW the arc follows a natural sequence of short arc, mixed arc, spray...

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Angled frame conveyors designed to enable elevation changes not possible with flat conveyors - TheFabricator.com

Angled frame conveyors designed to enable elevation changes not possible with flat conveyors

November 21, 2011

QC Industries has introduced the Automation series AS40Z angled frame conveyors. According to the company, they enable elevation changes that aren’t possible with a flat conveyor. The conveyors feature 1.95-in.-high, rigid aluminum frames that resist twisting. They also feature a Z-Track...

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Cutting gantry control for retrofit controls up to 12 stations

November 10, 2011

ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Vision T5c control for retrofit onto cutting gantries. This updated version of the company's Vision T5 CNC is repackaged for quick installation in place of existing Vision controls on ESAB cutting gantries. The new control features an 18.5-in., wide-format...

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ABB Robotics hosts Technology Days event

November 7, 2011

ABB Robotics hosted nearly 1,000 people during its annual Technology Days event in October at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 55,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor included more than 40 live robot-related demonstrations from ABB and more than a dozen...

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Balluff celebrates 90th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Balluff celebrates 90th anniversary

October 31, 2011

Balluff, a manufacturer of sensors for factory automation and systems for industrial communication with headquarters in Neuhausen, Germany, marks 90 years in business in 2011. The company has subsidiaries in 54 countries on all continents, including Balluff Inc. in Florence, Ky. The firm...

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The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding - TheFabricator.com

The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding

October 20, 2011

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Automated welding of heavy fabrications presents a whole new challenge when compared to robotic welding of thin-gauge components. The weldments, of course, are much larger. The joints in these types of fabrications are deeper and require multiple passes of the welding torch. The fabrications are likely to absorb more heat because of those multiple passes. Luckily, robotic sensors and advanced computing power can take some of this complexity out of the process.

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Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary

October 18, 2011

Swiss company Bystronic, a supplier of lasers, press brakes, waterjets, software, and automation equipment for sheet metal processing, marks its 25th anniversary this year. In light of this, the company celebrated the milestone over a three week period in September at its world headquarters in...

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