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ATI Industrial Automation breaks ground on operations expansion - TheFabricator.com

ATI Industrial Automation breaks ground on operations expansion

November 27, 2011

ATI Industrial Automation, a developer of robotic peripheral equipment, has broken ground for an operations expansion at its corporate headquarters in Apex, N.C. Driven by high demand for the company's end-effector products, the expansion more than doubles its current manufacturing and inventory...

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Fully automated, servo-controlled cell loading, sorting systems offered - TheFabricator.com

Fully automated, servo-controlled cell loading, sorting systems offered

November 27, 2011

Muratec USA, the machine tool division of Murata Machinery USA Inc., offers the FG series cell loader with fully automated, servo-controlled loading and sorting for flexibility in sheet metal automation and material handling. The cell loader systems employ servo-control technology for axis...

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GMAW process extends travel speeds beyond the limits of normal spray arc welding - TheFabricator.com

GMAW process extends travel speeds beyond the limits of normal spray arc welding

November 27, 2011

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has introduced Swift Arc Transfer (SAT™), a GMAW process that uses OK AristoRod™ noncopper-coated wires at travel speeds beyond the limits of normal spray arc welding. During GMAW the arc follows a natural sequence of short arc, mixed arc, spray...

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Angled frame conveyors designed to enable elevation changes not possible with flat conveyors - TheFabricator.com

Angled frame conveyors designed to enable elevation changes not possible with flat conveyors

November 21, 2011

QC Industries has introduced the Automation series AS40Z angled frame conveyors. According to the company, they enable elevation changes that aren’t possible with a flat conveyor. The conveyors feature 1.95-in.-high, rigid aluminum frames that resist twisting. They also feature a Z-Track...

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Cutting gantry control for retrofit controls up to 12 stations

November 10, 2011

ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Vision T5c control for retrofit onto cutting gantries. This updated version of the company's Vision T5 CNC is repackaged for quick installation in place of existing Vision controls on ESAB cutting gantries. The new control features an 18.5-in., wide-format...

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ABB Robotics hosts Technology Days event

November 7, 2011

ABB Robotics hosted nearly 1,000 people during its annual Technology Days event in October at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 55,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor included more than 40 live robot-related demonstrations from ABB and more than a dozen...

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Balluff celebrates 90th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Balluff celebrates 90th anniversary

October 31, 2011

Balluff, a manufacturer of sensors for factory automation and systems for industrial communication with headquarters in Neuhausen, Germany, marks 90 years in business in 2011. The company has subsidiaries in 54 countries on all continents, including Balluff Inc. in Florence, Ky. The firm...

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The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding - TheFabricator.com

The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding

October 20, 2011

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Automated welding of heavy fabrications presents a whole new challenge when compared to robotic welding of thin-gauge components. The weldments, of course, are much larger. The joints in these types of fabrications are deeper and require multiple passes of the welding torch. The fabrications are likely to absorb more heat because of those multiple passes. Luckily, robotic sensors and advanced computing power can take some of this complexity out of the process.

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Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary

October 18, 2011

Swiss company Bystronic, a supplier of lasers, press brakes, waterjets, software, and automation equipment for sheet metal processing, marks its 25th anniversary this year. In light of this, the company celebrated the milestone over a three week period in September at its world headquarters in...

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Compact robotic welding cell requires only 32.8 sq. ft. of floor space

October 7, 2011

Reis Robotics offers the RV10-6 compact robotic welding cell. The movable, enclosed cell includes the robot, a high-capacity RobotStarV control, and two freely programmable additional axes. All supply, exhaust, and safety requirements are integrated within the cell. Its floor space requirement is...

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Robotic welding package suitable for small operations - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding package suitable for small operations

October 7, 2011

ABB Robotics has introduced ArcPack™ Lean 1410, a fully configured, quick-start robotic welding package suitable for small operations. The system includes an IRB 1410 robot; an IRC5 compact controller; a Fronius TransSteel 3500 power supply and wire feeder; and a Tregaskiss 500-amp,...

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Modular production welding system suitable for repetitive, nonorbital custom applications - TheFabricator.com

Modular production welding system suitable for repetitive, nonorbital custom applications

September 26, 2011

The Arc Machines model 2 weld head is a modular, configurable tool for repetitive, nonorbital custom applications. Mounted to a side beam, boom, or positioning carriage, it is used in production applications requiring heavy-duty production welding, such as component and vessel manufacturing....

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OTC Daihen, Miller Welding to host Aluminar 2011 October 5

September 21, 2011

OTC Daihen and Miller Welding are hosting a complimentary one-day seminar, Aluminar 2011, at Miller Welding's facility, 311 Post Road, Buchanan, Mich., on Wednesday, October 5. The seminar will feature demonstrations of aluminum arc welding equipment from OTC, including wave pulse MIG, hybrid...

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OTC Daihen names new president - TheFabricator.com

OTC Daihen names new president

September 14, 2011

After leading OTC Daihen Inc., Tipp City, Ohio, for nearly five years, Keitaro Takahashi will step down as president. His successor, Masahiko "Masa" Sakida (pictured), has more than 24 years of experience in the welding and robotics...

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Robotic gripper automatically adapts to part sizes, shapes - TheFabricator.com

Robotic gripper automatically adapts to part sizes, shapes

August 29, 2011

The industrial-grade Robotiq S-model adaptive gripper, available from Motoman Robotics, is designed for applications including machine tending, fixture loading and unloading, high-mix part handling, and kitting. Its three articulated fingers can adapt automatically to various part sizes and...

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