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Lincoln Electric acquires Wayne Trail Technologies Inc.

May 17, 2012

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that it has acquired Wayne Trail Technologies Inc., a privately held Ohio-based manufacturer of automated systems and tooling, serving a wide range of applications in the metal processing market. "The addition of Wayne Trail Technologies strengthens our...

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Two-finger adaptive gripper made for high-mix automation

May 17, 2012

Robotiq has announced the availability of its two-finger adaptive robotic gripper. The programmable gripper offers three distinct modes — parallel, encompassing, and inside grip — to enable handling of flat, square, cylindrical, and irregular parts. The high payload-to-weight ratio and long...

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RIA announces first certified robot integrators

May 17, 2012

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has announced that JR Automation, Motion Controls Robotics, Tennessee Rand, and Wolf Robotics are the first four robotic integrators to receive its new certified robot integrator designation. To become certified, integrators go through a...

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Webinar to focus on robotic palletizing, depalletizing

May 10, 2012

p>Robotic Industries Association will host a webinar on May 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT on the basics of palletizing and depalletizing with robots. The webinar will feature many palletizing applications in action; the webinar includes movies of actual systems in production. Participants will...

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Boltech merges with Taylor-Winfield Technologies

May 8, 2012

The Brilex Group of Companies has announced the merger of Boltech Inc. with Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc. All current Boltech employees have relocated to the Taylor-Winfield offices in Hubbard, Ohio. Rich Gunter, project manager at Boltech, will transfer to the Innovation Place facility as...

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ATI senior account manager named first female chair of RIA - TheFabricator.com

ATI senior account manager named first female chair of RIA

April 25, 2012

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has named Catherine Morris, senior account manager with ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, N.C., as its first female chair. Morris was elected to the RIA board in 2003 and most recently served as first vice chair. She is a past chair and current member of...

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Kuka receives two auto industry supplier excellence awards - TheFabricator.com

Kuka receives two auto industry supplier excellence awards

April 23, 2012

Kuka Systems, a global systems integrator and developer of body shop automation systems for the automotive industry, has received supplier excellence awards from two automakers. General Motors named the Augsburg, Germany-based company as a Global Supplier of the Year for 2011. The award...

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Motoman Robotics hosts student groups during National Robotics Week - TheFabricator.com

Motoman Robotics hosts student groups during National Robotics Week

April 19, 2012

In the spirit of National Robotics Week, Motoman Robotics, a division of Yaskawa America Inc., Dayton, Ohio, hosted student groups from local high schools, provided facility tours, and spoke to them on the roles they could play in the future of the company. In addition, representatives from...

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Automatic coping robot is first of its kind

April 19, 2012

The first of its kind, Daito U.S.A. Inc.'s new CRII coping robot offers coping, piece marking, scribing, and cutting capabilities, all from one machine. Functioning automatically, the unit saves time and eliminates the need for manual marking and finishing. Featuring a six-axis robotic arm, the...

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Automated welding machine makes one piece every 2.5 sec. - TheFabricator.com

Automated welding machine makes one piece every 2.5 sec.

April 18, 2012

The Delta S TVR automated welding machine, available from Cemsa S.p.A., features a rotating indexing table that can be equipped with a number of stations, based on the number of components to be welded or assembled. On a typical three-station machine, for instance, the stations are used for...

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Bystronic to open new headquarters in Illinois - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic to open new headquarters in Illinois

April 12, 2012

Bystronic Inc. will host the grand opening of its new North American headquarters May 3-4, 2012. The 48,300-sq.-ft. building, located in Elgin, Ill., has a 10,000-sq.-ft. office, 14,000-sq.-ft. showroom, and 24,300-sq.-ft. spare parts and logistics area. In addition to being the company's...

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Robotic Welding Programming

Oh, the places you’ll go with offline programming—Part I

April 9, 2012

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Offline programming has come of age. Fully taking advantage of all this technology has to offer can help you minimize downtime, increase robot productivity, boost quality, and improve your overall operation.

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Wayne Trail receives FANUC Robotics sales award - TheFabricator.com

Wayne Trail receives FANUC Robotics sales award

April 9, 2012

Wayne Trail Technologies, Fort Loramie, Ohio, has received the Outstanding Sales Growth Award in the welding market from FANUC Robotics. The award recognizes Wayne Trail for more than doubling its sales volume with FANUC over the previous year. Wayne Trail provides fully integrated automation...

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RIA webinar on April 12 to focus on fundamentals of industrial robotics

April 2, 2012

Robotic Industries Association will present a webinar on April 12 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST. Sponsored by ABB Inc., ATI Industrial Automation, and Applied Manufacturing Technologies, the webinar will focus on the fundamentals of industrial robotics. Participants will learn about different kinds of...

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Robotic capabilities allow hands-off installation of self-clinching fasteners

March 28, 2012

Clear Automation and PennEngineering® have introduced robotic capabilities engineered for the PEMSERTER® Series 3000™ fastener-installation press. The system allows hands-off installation of self-clinching fasteners. The system picks up, moves, and positions a workpiece for alignment with...

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