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Smart robotic weld fixturing handles low-volume parts - TheFabricator.com

Smart robotic weld fixturing handles low-volume parts

February 28, 2012

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An Alabama contract fabricator uses innovative robotic weld fixtures and an unusual quick-change system that allows operators to switch out jobs in mere seconds. The innovations have been critical for the shop’s high-mix, low-volume work.

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Genesis Systems Group hires director, global affiliate relations

February 7, 2012

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has hired Doug Boyd as director, global affiliate relations. In this role, Boyd serves as a point of contact for the company's international affiliations, responsible for facilitating the flow of communications, information,...

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Mid Atlantic Machinery to host Machine Tool Madness show

February 2, 2012

Mid Atlantic Machinery will host the Machine Tool Madness show at its Harrisburg, Pa., showroom March 28-29 for welders and fabricators interested in rolling, robotic welding, eliminating secondary operations, and improving bending techniques. Manufacturers at the show will include TRUMPF,...

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Cincinnati Incorporated appoints new sales manager, expands sales team

February 2, 2012

Cincinnati Incorporated, a manufacturer of metal fabrication equipment in Cincinnati, has appointed John Prevish as sales manager. The appointment is part of the company’s launch of new sales and marketing initiatives, which includes the recent appointments of Matt Garbarino as the company's new...

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ABB to acquire Thomas & Betts

February 2, 2012

ABB, with North American headquarters in Cary, N.C., has announced plans to acquire Thomas & Betts, Memphis, a manufacturer of low-voltage and ultralow-voltage electrical products such as connectors, conduits, and fittings, as well as wiring management products for the construction, industrial,...

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Arc flash protection system detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear

January 26, 2012

ABB's new TVOC-2 Arc Guard System™ protects equipment and personnel from arcs and helps prolong the life cycle of equipment. The safety device detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear. According to the manufacturer, the unit clears an arc within an extremely short time, reducing the...

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Airtronics adds new laser to robotic fleet - TheFabricator.com

Airtronics adds new laser to robotic fleet

January 24, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products (AMP) has added a new Amada Gemini FO M2 3015 laser to its 100,000-sq.-ft. San Jose, Calif., plant. The 4,000-W, dual-processing robotic laser machine includes a rotary index to cut medium to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three shuttle pallets,...

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Colfax appoints ESAB vice presidents

January 19, 2012

Colfax Corp., a global manufacturer of gas- and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products and services in Fulton, Md., has named Kenneth D. Konopa as vice president of marketing for ESAB and Vincent Northfield as vice president of global manufacturing for ESAB. Konopa is responsible for...

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Bystronic Inc. announces machine demonstration days March 7 and 8, 2012 - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic Inc. announces machine demonstration days March 7 and 8, 2012

January 19, 2012

Bystronic Inc. will conduct machine demonstration days at its new U.S. headquarters and showroom located in Elgin, Ill., March 7-8, 2012. Products to be demonstrated include the new ByJet Smart waterjet, featuring a compact design and efficient pump; the BySpeed Pro 3015, 6,000 W with automatic...

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies promotes engineering manager

January 18, 2012

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), a supplier of factory automation design, engineering, and process consulting services in Orion, Mich., has announced the appointment of Craig Salvalaggio as the new engineering manager for its General Industries Group. In this position, he is responsible...

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Webinar to cover basics of robot end effectors

January 16, 2012

The Robotic Industries Association will present a Webinar, "Basics of Robot End Effectors," on Feb. 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST. Through video, narration, and coverage by an experienced industry veteran, the Webinar will describe robot end effectors such as parallel jaw, vacuum, and magnet-based...

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Bilsing Automation appoints international sales director - TheFabricator.com

Bilsing Automation appoints international sales director

January 16, 2012

Bilsing Automation, Clinton Township, Mich., has announced the appointment of Klaus Meier to the new position of international sales director. Based at the company’s global headquarters in Attendorn, Germany, he is responsible for worldwide sales and marketing efforts, order intake, and...

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Fabrication automation - TheFabricator.com

Fabrication automation

January 10, 2012

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Need help dealing with the skilled worker shortage? Eric Lundin, editor of TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal, interviewed several automated equipment manufacturers for their perspectives on automation for tube and pipe fabrication.

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FANUC named top global innovator by Thomson Reuters

December 20, 2011

FANUC Corp., a manufacturer of CNC systems, robots, and machine tools in Japan, has been named by Thomson Reuters, New York, as a 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator℠. The program evaluates innovation performance of companies that invent on a significant scale, work on developments that are...

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Robotic GMAW gun series expanded - TheFabricator.com

Robotic GMAW gun series expanded

December 14, 2011

Tregaskiss has expanded its TOUGH GUN™ ThruArm™ G2 series of robotic GMAW guns to include configurations for robots from ABB, FANUC, Kuka, and OTC. The guns' alignment features help maintain tool-center point for reliability and consistency. The series includes low-stress robotic...

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