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Arc welding robot features fully integrated dressing

September 17, 2012

ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1520ID dedicated arc welding robot. It features internal axis-1 routing of the welding cabling, a compact swing base, and 30 percent less weight than the company's IRB 1600ID. The upper arm integrated dressing (ID) design provides protection for all media,...

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Through-arm robotic GMAW gun

Selecting, installing, and maintaining a through-arm robotic GMAW gun

September 10, 2012 | By Ryan Lizotte

In recent years, through-arm robots have begun to replace conventional over-the-arm models. Following these selection, installation, and maintenance guidelines for a through-arm robotic GMAW gun can help you make a smooth transition.

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Sensing changes in automated welding -

Sensing changes in automated welding

September 7, 2012 | By Andrew Short, Stephen Thacker

Can automated welding be a useful tool in the random world of fabricating, where material make-up is inconsistent and weld-prep results in non-aligned edges? With a vision system, automated welding indeed can be the right tool for the right application.

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Genesis Systems designated as RIA-certified robot integrator

September 4, 2012

Genesis Systems Group has received the new certified robot integrator designation from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. "To become certified, integrators go through a rigorous process which includes an on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel,...

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Laser processing head engineered for 3-D robotic cutting

August 30, 2012

Laser Mechanisms has introduced the new FiberCut right-angle, compact (RAc) laser processing head. It is nearly 30 percent smaller and lighter than the original FiberCut. Engineered for 3-D robotic cutting with a fiber-coupled laser, the compact, low-moving-mass head minimizes inertia transfer to...

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Double-sheet detector integrated into robotic end-of-arm tooling -

Double-sheet detector integrated into robotic end-of-arm tooling

August 20, 2012

SAS Automation has introduced the DSD-36 double-metal-sheet detector for detecting the thickness of ferrous metals, helping to eliminate die and machine damage from receiving too many sheets. The presence of a double sheet produces an output to stop the machine or to signal the operator. The...

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Beckhoff Automation increases size of U.S. Technical Support Team

August 14, 2012

Beckhoff Automation LLC has announced the hiring of five technical support engineers at its Burnsville, Minn., headquarters. The new staff members attend or have recently graduated from technical schools, universities, and colleges with a focus on advanced PC control, industrial Ethernet...

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FANUC America launches new website

August 9, 2012

FANUC FA America, Hoffman Estates, Ill., has launched a new website at with enhanced resources and functionality and expanded content. The website features detailed information on the company's CNCs, drive systems, laser systems, service, and support. The product section has been...

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Where is structural steel material handling moving? -

Where is structural steel material handling moving?

August 3, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Structural steel fabricators now realize what their sheet metal counterparts have known for several years: It doesn't make sense to pay people for the non-value-added activity of handling beams. That's why these shops are investigating automated material handling, but before they do that, they need to answer some important questions.

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RIA announces winners of 2012 Engelberger Robotics Awards

August 2, 2012

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has named Richard Litt and Martin Buehler as the winners of its 2012 Engelberger Robotics Awards &mdawsh; the industry's highest honor. The awards, named after the worldwide "father of robotics," Joseph F. Engelberger, are sponsored...

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Welding machine rolls, seam welds perforated stainless cylinders -

Welding machine rolls, seam welds perforated stainless cylinders

August 1, 2012

The MRL AFD SP welding machine from CEMSA S.p.A. is designed to be integrated in washing machine production lines. It provides rolling and further seam welding of perforated stainless steel cylinders. To prevent flattening of the hole borders, the system wraps the flat, precut sheet metal...

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Controller lets operator work up damaged dies safely -

Controller lets operator work up damaged dies safely

July 30, 2012

Reis Robotics offers the SafetyController, which allows the operator to check and control complicated welding tasks (such as automatic buildup welding of worn-out forging and rolling tools) without danger. The welding cell combines a robot-supported process with the individual adaptation by the...

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Registration opens for Automate 2013

July 17, 2012

Free registration for the Automate 2013 Show and Conference, set for Jan. 21-24, 2013, at McCormick Place in Chicago, now is open and available at The show, sponsored by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Ann Arbor, Mich., will focus on practical solutions for...

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Patriot Automation CNC launches website

July 16, 2012

Patriot Automation CNC Inc., Saraland, Ala., has established a new website at The company offers a variety of equipment for thin- to thick-plate cutting and weld preparation, including plasma cutting, marking, and welding; robotic and fixed GMAW; oxyfuel bevel...

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Reis Robotics announces winners of Walter Reis Innovation Award for Robotics

July 11, 2012

Walter Reis, founder of Reis Robotics, Obernburg, Germany, has announced this year's winners of the Walter Reis Innovation Award for Robotics. Presented every two years, the award recognizes outstanding developments in industrial production robotics and industrial service robotics, as well as...

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