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Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models - TheFabricator.com

Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models

September 15, 2010

J.C. Conner Ltd. offers the Welding Pro nozzle and tip cleaner for production welding guns. The unit is available in a 110-V electric model and a 100-PSI, air-operated model with adjustable speed. Inserting the gun with light pressure will start the machine's cleaning cycle; removing the gun...

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Mobile welding robot configured for large weldments - TheFabricator.com

Mobile welding robot configured for large weldments

September 13, 2010

The configuration of Servo-Robot’s MWR-350™ mobile welding robot allows it to be brought directly onto large weldments. Typical applications include shipbuilding, earthmoving equipment, large tanks and vessels, and construction. The robot is equipped with a laser sensing system with...

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PLC, robot controller combined in integrated unit - TheFabricator.com

PLC, robot controller combined in integrated unit

September 7, 2010

ABB has introduced an integrated unit that combines the AC500 PLC with the IRC5 robot controller for robot cell applications. With up to three local I/O boards and bus communications for remote I/Os, the integrated controller provides users with a single point of control for peripheral...

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Welding robot designed for automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators - TheFabricator.com

Welding robot designed for automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators

September 7, 2010

The six-axis Motoman® MS120 Master Spot welding robot is designed to help optimize automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators. The slim-profile robot, which features a 264.6-lb. payload, can be placed in close proximity to workpieces and other robots to create...

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Motoman Robotics begins new headquarters construction - TheFabricator.com

Motoman Robotics begins new headquarters construction

August 23, 2010

Ground was broken Aug. 13 for Motoman Robotics' new facility at the Austin Blvd/I-75 interchange (northwest corner; exit 41) in Miamisburg, Ohio. The new facility will serve as the company's headquarters and main manufacturing facility for its North and South American operations. The...

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Robot sales in North America jump 40 percent in first half of 2010

August 17, 2010

North American-based robotics companies saw orders jump 40 percent in units in the first half of 2010, according to new figures released by industry trade group Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered a total of 6,316 robots valued at $411.4 million...

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Lincoln Electric Automation to host structural steel industry event

August 10, 2010

Lincoln Electric Automation will host a SteelDay event at the company's Automation Center of Excellence on Sept. 24. The full-day agenda will include presentations, demonstrations, a facility tour,...

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Making the case for robotic welding - TheFabricator

Making the case for robotic welding

August 4, 2010

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Looking at labor savings is only one factor to consider if a fabricator is going to prepare a formal cost justification case for a robotic welding cell.

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Robot provides working envelope of nearly 360 degrees

July 19, 2010

Toshiba Machine's TH-A series of SCARA robots is equipped with rigid gears for each axis to provide quick acceleration and deceleration. The line is identical to the company's TH series, with the...

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Yaskawa America announces new Motoman Robotics facility location

July 7, 2010

Yaskawa America Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has announced that its Motoman Robotics division, a manufacturer of robots and robotic automation systems, has executed an option agreement to secure property in...

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Genesis Systems Group appoints senior director – global relations - TheFabricator

Genesis Systems Group appoints senior director – global relations

July 7, 2010

Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced the appointment of Makoto Matsuoka to senior director – global relations. In this role, Matsuoka is accountable for identifying and supporting...

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Motoman, Yaskawa Electric America combine

June 14, 2010

Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America Inc. have announced that they are combining to form Yaskawa America Inc. The Motoman operations in Dayton, Ohio, will form the Motoman Robotics Div. of...

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ABB appoints Michael Mahfet to head its robotics business in North America

June 9, 2010

ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies, has announced the appointment of Michael Mahfet as vice president and general manager of its robotics business in North American, according to...

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Robotic advancements in welding tube, pipe - TheFabricator

Robotic advancements in welding tube, pipe

June 4, 2010

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Robotics gained a foothold in industry because they can work in environments that are hot, toxic, or otherwise dangerous. The drawback was the programming, which initially was tedious and time-consuming, especially for precision tasks such as welding. Advancements in tactile sensing systems, automated arc welding controls, and software for tube and pipe welding have helped to spread robotic welding technology.

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Electronic hand wheel simplifies changing formats, positioning objects with numerous axes

May 24, 2010

Heidenhain Corp. offers the HR 1120 electronic handwheel to help simplify retooling and setup processes in machine automation systems that require changing formats or positioning objects with numerous...

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