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Lincoln Electric acquires Tennessee Rand

January 7, 2013

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has acquired privately held Tennessee Rand Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn., a designer and manufacturer of tooling and robotic systems for welding applications. "Lincoln's market strength and worldwide reach enable Tennessee Rand to expand its business and...

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Structural steel automation at the end of the line - TheFabricator.com

Structural steel automation at the end of the line

January 7, 2013 | By Dan Davis

Machine tool developers have done a great job of automating many of the operations associated with structural steel processing over the years. Automated cutting, drilling, and marking are widely adopted in the industry. The same, however, can't be said for assembly and welding, but that could be changing.

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FANUC named top innovator by Forbes and Thomson Reuters

December 13, 2012

FANUC Corp., a diversified manufacturer of CNC systems, robots, and machine tools in Hoffman Estates, Ill., has announced that it has been named to Forbes® 2012 "The World's Most Innovative Companies" list and as one of the Thomson Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global InnovatorsSM. The Forbes list...

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Balluff adds staff in marketing, sales

December 6, 2012

Balluff Inc., a Florence, Ky., manufacturer of sensor technology for industrial automation, has announced the addition of several new positions in marketing and sales.Wolfgang Kratzenberg has been hired as marketing manager for RFID products. He is responsible for expanding the company's UHF...

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Genesis Systems Group Japan KK established

December 3, 2012

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has established Genesis Systems Group Japan KK in Nagoya, Japan. Leading the sales efforts in Japan are Tadaji Seko and Junko Fukutome. Seko retired from Toyota in 1999 after serving as a trainer of the Toyota Production System,...

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Robotic welding cell includes two independent working locations - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding cell includes two independent working locations

November 29, 2012

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the new Swift Arc angle loader (AL) robotic system. The workcell is suitable for job shops introducing robotics to their applications. The system features a simple cell design with easy-open manual doors and two independent working locations....

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Bernard, Tregaskiss debut electronic newsletter

November 28, 2012

Bernard, Beecher, Ill., and Tregaskiss, Windsor, Ont., are launching a new, electronic newsletter filled with welding, business, and product information. "Amperage" will be available free to opt-in subscribers on a quarterly basis beginning in December. The publication features information...

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Bernard, Tregaskiss partner for new branding initiative

November 26, 2012

Bernard, Beecher, Ill., and Tregaskiss, Windsor, Ont., have partnered to launch a new branding initiative. As part of this initiative, several product lines migrate between the two brands. Bernard now offers only semiautomatic GMAW guns, and the Tregaskiss brand is focused on robotic GMAW guns and...

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ESAB partners with Kuka Robotics

November 17, 2012

ESAB, Florence, S.C., has announced a partnership with Kuka Robotics, Shelby Township, Mich., to create products and services for robotic arc welding customers. ESAB is a manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals. Kuka robots are used for material handling, machine...

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Bridge gantry-type robot cell handles very large structures

November 12, 2012

Reis Robotics has introduced the bridge gantry-type RBP robot. It is the biggest in the company's history, with a 442.93- by 39.37- by 9.84-ft. work envelope, for production of large structures in railway vehicle construction, shipbuilding, steel construction, and wind energy power plant...

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Industrial PC has large touch panel for 3-D modeling - TheFabricator.com

Industrial PC has large touch panel for 3-D modeling

November 6, 2012

FANUC FA America has introduced the new Panel i 19-in. industrial PC with color LCD and new touch panel. The PC uses solid-state drives (SSDs) rather than standard hard drives. It features Windows® Embedded instead of a desktop operating system, allowing the operating system to be locked...

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Seam tracking system suitable for reflective materials

November 5, 2012

Invisual E. offers the Scan Sonic seam tracking system. Designed for tube and pipe producers using arc-related welding processes such as laser, GTAW, GMAW, and subarc, the system maintains the torch position over the seam in real time, providing the optimum heat and material transfer for proper...

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Fronius USA appoints area sales manager

November 5, 2012

Fronius USA has hired Rick Whitfield as area sales manager, working from the Chattanooga, Tenn., location. Whitfield began his career in welding automation in the mid-1990s. He has extensive experience in sales management and marketing of advanced welding automation equipment....

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Laser robot's integrated beam guidance increases laser capacity

October 30, 2012

Reis Robotics has introduced the new, six-axis laser robot type RV60-26-FT (fiber transfer). It delivers a capacity up to 20 kW, long reach, high handling weights for different welding optics, and powerful beam guidance and optic systems, the company states. In the redesigned hand axis, the laser...

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Webinar to highlight robotic material handling

October 23, 2012

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a free webinar, “New Techniques in Robotic Material Handling,” on Nov. 1 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT.M The webinar will: Present new robotic material handling methods and explain how they drive ROI. Highlight new robotic...

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