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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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Software tracks weld joints at high speeds and in real time

November 29, 2010

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics offers two laser seam-tracking software packages for arc welding applications that use Servo-Robot's laser cameras. Both versions enable the company’s robots to track weld joints at high speeds and in real time, even while the parts are turning on a coordinated...

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New educational center features automated welding, cutting systems

November 8, 2010

Airgas Great Lakes has opened a new Automation Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Developed in partnership with Retro Systems, Hypertherm, Motoman, and Miller, the facility adjoins Airgas' 28th Street retail store. The facility's equipment includes a Retro Systems Hornet HD dual-side drive cutting...

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Miller Electric expands welding automation offering

November 8, 2010

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has entered into a strategic partnership with Panasonic Welding Systems Co. Ltd., a division of Panasonic Corp., to make Miller Welding Automation, a new business unit, the distribution route for Panasonic robotic welding arms in North America. The welding...

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Laser-based seam finder for arc welding robots introduced

November 8, 2010

Motoman Robotics has introduced a new laser-based seam finder for its arc welding robots. The Accufast noncontact laser seam finder is compact, mounted inline with the welding torch, and compatible with Motoman Robotics' through-arm torch design robots. Macro job routines help simplify...

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QComp Technologies joins FANUC Robotics America's distribution network

November 1, 2010

QComp Technologies Inc., a robotics integrator in Greenville, Wis., has become a member of FANUC Robotics America Corp.'s distribution network. The company will combine its vision-guided picking, packing, and palletizing products with FANUC's robots. QComp Technologies Inc. designs and builds...

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The brain and brawn of modern automation - TheFabricator.com

The brain and brawn of modern automation

November 1, 2010

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Automating metal fabrication requires more than just high-speed processing. The actual equipment—the brawn—is only half the equation. The other half is the software—the brains of shop automation.

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Taylor-Winfield Corp. announces sale of its assets to The Brilex Group of companies

October 25, 2010

The Brilex Group has acquired the assets of metalworking machinery supplier Taylor-Winfield Corp. A new company, Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc., has been formed and funded by Brian and Alex Benyo, co-owners of The Brilex Group of companies. "Taylor-Winfield Technologies core competencies will...

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