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Harrisburg Area Community College becomes MERIT center

March 21, 2012

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Harrisburg, Pa., is now a Motoman Endorsed Robotics Instructor Training (MERIT) center, serving the regional manufacturing workforce. According to the company, the area has an installed base of more than 1,000 robots. The center, located at the...

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Kardex Remstar launches revised Web site

March 13, 2012

Kardex Remstar has revised its Web site at www.kardexremstar.com. The updated site provides current information on the company's storage and retrieval systems, including videos of products in use. For more detailed product specifications, visitors can download product literature directly from the...

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Adept Technology names vice president of global operations - TheFabricator.com

Adept Technology names vice president of global operations

March 13, 2012

Adept Technology, a Pleasanton, Calif.-based provider of robots, motion controllers, application-development software, and vision-guidance technology, has appointed Robert J. Malley Jr. as vice president of global operations. He is responsible for planning and managing all aspects of the...

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Bilsing Automation appoints global accounts director - TheFabricator.com

Bilsing Automation appoints global accounts director

March 13, 2012

Bilsing Automation, a manufacturer of modular tooling systems for pressrooms and body shops, has appointed Claus Dratz to the newly created position of global account manager at its headquarters in Attendorn, Germany. In this position, Dratz serves customers with worldwide operations, helping...

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Offline programming and simulation in robotic welding - TheFabricator.com

Offline programming and simulation in robotic welding

March 9, 2012 | By Andrew Swary

Offline programming and simulation can help fabricators of all sizes to program parts quickly and more consistently, become more competitive through improved and accurate costing, and provide operational flexibility.

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Robot track supports equipment up to 10,000 lbs. - TheFabricator.com

Robot track supports equipment up to 10,000 lbs.

March 7, 2012

MultiCam® Inc. offers the Robot Slider, designed for robotic welding, as well as high-speed, high-velocity, medium-duty pick-and-place applications, painting, and other related activities. At 14 in. tall along the track, the low-profile system features a 1.38-in. precision linear guide...

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RIA launches certified robot integrator program

February 29, 2012

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a certified robot integrator program. "The idea for certification came to us from the system integrator community," said Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. "We held focus groups and conducted surveys of integrators to identify...

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Out with the old batch, in with something new - TheFabricator.com

Out with the old batch, in with something new

February 28, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Siemens Industry Automation Division, West Chicago, Ill., is now living up to its own name in a big way. The organization is better able to execute its build-to-order thanks to a multimillion dollar investment in an automated material storage and retrieval system with bending, punch, and laser/punch combination machines attached to it.

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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 | By Tim Heston

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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