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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 -

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 -

The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding

October 20, 2011


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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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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Serapid supplies push/pull systems to Reed City Tool -

Serapid supplies push/pull systems to Reed City Tool

August 23, 2011

Serapid Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., has delivered several push/pull systems for die handling automation to Reed City Tool of Reed City, Mich. Seven RollBeams are used to push the dies in and out of the presses. Six have 5 ft. of travel and one has 10 ft. of travel. Each pushes the 18,000-lb....

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Robotic equipment-monitoring service works on any device with Internet access -

Robotic equipment-monitoring service works on any device with Internet access

August 15, 2011

MyMotoman remote monitoring service from the Motoman Robotics division of Yaskawa America Inc. gives users equipment monitoring information on any device that has access to the Internet. With the service users have the ability to maintain a handle on robotic equipment by sending crucial alerts,...

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North American robot orders jump 41 percent in first half of 2011

August 9, 2011

Fueled by its best quarter in six years, the North American robotics industry jumped 41 percent in the first half of 2011, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 8,879 robots valued at $577.8 million were ordered by North American...

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DE-STA-CO appoints new president

August 1, 2011

DE-STA-CO, a manufacturer of robotic tooling, workholding, and flexible industrial automation systems in Auburn Hills, Mich., has appointed John Podczerwinski to the position of president. For more than three years, Podczerwinski has led VSG, North and South Americas, a Dover Company, as vice...

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