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Arc flash protection system detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear

January 26, 2012

ABB's new TVOC-2 Arc Guard System™ protects equipment and personnel from arcs and helps prolong the life cycle of equipment. The safety device detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear. According to the manufacturer, the unit clears an arc within an extremely short time, reducing the...

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Airtronics adds new laser to robotic fleet - TheFabricator.com

Airtronics adds new laser to robotic fleet

January 24, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products (AMP) has added a new Amada Gemini FO M2 3015 laser to its 100,000-sq.-ft. San Jose, Calif., plant. The 4,000-W, dual-processing robotic laser machine includes a rotary index to cut medium to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three shuttle pallets,...

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Colfax appoints ESAB vice presidents

January 19, 2012

Colfax Corp., a global manufacturer of gas- and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products and services in Fulton, Md., has named Kenneth D. Konopa as vice president of marketing for ESAB and Vincent Northfield as vice president of global manufacturing for ESAB. Konopa is responsible for...

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Bystronic Inc. announces machine demonstration days March 7 and 8, 2012 - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic Inc. announces machine demonstration days March 7 and 8, 2012

January 19, 2012

Bystronic Inc. will conduct machine demonstration days at its new U.S. headquarters and showroom located in Elgin, Ill., March 7-8, 2012. Products to be demonstrated include the new ByJet Smart waterjet, featuring a compact design and efficient pump; the BySpeed Pro 3015, 6,000 W with automatic...

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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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