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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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Lincoln Electric earns Market Share Leadership Award - TheFabricator.com

Lincoln Electric earns Market Share Leadership Award

October 25, 2010

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has been honored with the Market Share Leadership Award for best practices in the world pipeline industry related to welding equipment and consumables. The award, based on global research by analysts and consultants and outlined in Frost and Sullivan’s "CEO...

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ABB Robotics training lab to open at Vincennes University - TheFabricator.com

ABB Robotics training lab to open at Vincennes University

October 18, 2010

ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Vincennes University (VU) will host an open house Oct. 27 to celebrate the grand opening of the ABB Robotics training lab at VU's $9 million industrial training facility, the Indiana Center for Applied Technology (ICAT), Vincennes, Ind. The event is the...

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ABB appoints head of Robot Products Group in U.S. - TheFabricator.com

ABB appoints head of Robot Products Group in U.S.

October 11, 2010

ABB, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced the appointment of Joe Campbell as vice president of its U.S. Robot Products Group. In this position, he leads the sales, market development, technical support, and production delivery of the company’s robots in the U.S. Campbell joined ABB Robotics...

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Robotic welding of heavy plate sections - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding of heavy plate sections

October 4, 2010

When mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus, Houston, Pa., redesigned its line pans for coal removal, it increased the size and thickness of the equipment. The redesign provided the perfect opportunity to move to an automated welding cell to keep up with the additional 150 lbs. of filler metal that would have to be added to each line pan.

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Panasonic Factory Solutions moves to new facilities

September 27, 2010

Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. of America has moved into a new, dedicated demonstration and training facility in Buffalo Grove, Ill., and offices in nearby Rolling Meadows, Ill. The custom showroom will host demonstrations for electronics assembly, microelectronics, and welding and robotics in...

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FANUC CNC America changes name, collaborates with Rockwell Automation

September 21, 2010

FANUC CNC America Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., has changed its name to FANUC FA America Corp. The company represents the FA (Factory Automation) division of FANUC Ltd. Japan. Along with the name change, the company has unveiled a new corporate symbol, created to represent the three major...

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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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