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Coldwater Machine enters enhanced strategic partnership with Yaskawa Motoman

August 8, 2016

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co., a manufacturer and integrator of assembly automation and special machines for the automotive, appliance, energy, and aerospace industries, has entered into an enhanced strategic partner agreement with Yaskawa Motoman, Miamisburg, Ohio. The Ascend16...

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4-axis SCARA robot offered with three different reaches

July 29, 2016

Comau has introduced Rebel-S, a 4-axis SCARA robot, in five different models with a payload of 13 lbs. and three different reaches. All models are controlled by the R1C 19-in. rack-mounted controller, which can be integrated into a single cabinet to control an entire line. An openRobotics...

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Fipa develops lightweight EOAT for FANUC America

July 26, 2016

Fipa Inc., a manufacturer of vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) in Cary, N.C., has created a custom EOAT for FANUC America Corp. for use on its robotic automation systems. The 15-lb. EOAT helps extend the range of parts that the robots can...

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Custom automated manufacturing equipment suppliers form Smart Automation Group

July 26, 2016

Several suppliers of custom automated manufacturing equipment have launched the Smart Automation Group, a collaborative partnership. Eclipse Automation, Insys Industriesysteme AG, Transmoduls Ltd., SMZ Wickel-und Montagetechnik AG, JULI Technology, and ITE Automation have joined together to...

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SKS extends worldwide network of subsidiaries

July 20, 2016

Kaiserslautern, Germany-based SKS Welding Systems GmbH, a producer of automated and robot-assisted welding systems, has announced it is extending its global organization by adding three new subsidiaries, doubling its number to six. The subsidiaries are SKS Welding Systems Inc. in Rochester...

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Still asking Elmer

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

The Ask Elmer column, written by Hobart Institute of Welding Technology instructor Elmer Swank, appeared in Practical Welding Today for four years. Even though the column no longer exists, Swank is still in the business of answering questions and developing good welders.

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Servo-Robot relocates to larger facility in Wisconsin

July 18, 2016

Servo-Robot Corp. has announced its relocation to the Technology Innovation Center in the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa, Wis. The new facility provides extra space for the company’s technical center, used to conduct application developments and for customer...

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Robot monitoring system designed to enhance safety

July 11, 2016

ABB Robotics has launched SafeMove2, the latest generation of its safety certified robot monitoring software. According to the company, the software is designed to enable closer collaboration among robots and factory workers by restricting robot motion to precisely what is needed for a specific...

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Reamer keeps consumables clean in robotic welding

July 5, 2016 | By Ryan Lizotte

Installed and used properly, a reamer minimizes spatter and debris, prolongs consumables life, improves weld quality, and keeps a robotic welding cell productive.

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Hawk Technology adds executive business development staff

July 5, 2016

Hawk Technology Ltd., Rock Island, Ill., a designer and manufacturer of robotics integration systems and vision inspection systems, has hired Terry O'Connell with a role in executive business development. O’Connell previously participated in the acquisition and integration of Panasonic's...

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Workcell is modular system for robotic welding of large workpieces

July 1, 2016

Yaskawa Motoman’s new ArcWorld® 2000 modular welding workcell is designed for robotic welding of large workpieces. It is suitable for low- to medium-volume manufacturers with a medium to high mix of parts. Able to accommodate parts up to 16.4 ft. wide and payloads up to nearly 7 tons, the...

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Reamer stand available in custom heights

June 30, 2016

Tregaskiss has announced the availability of the TOUGH GUN® reamer stand, designed for its TOUGH GUN TT3 and TT3E reamer robotic nozzle cleaning stations. This fixed stand can be ordered in custom heights from 18 to 45 in. The reamer stand includes a standardized 8.5- by 6.5-in. hole pattern...

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ABB appoints president of Discrete Automation and Motion division

June 15, 2016

Zurich, Switzerland-based ABB has appointed Sami Atiya as president of the Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division. He succeeds Pekka Tiitinen, who will serve as managing director of ABB in Finland. Atiya worked for Siemens for 18 years, most recently as CEO of the Mobility and Logistics...

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CNCs simplify setup of automated cells

June 10, 2016

With the Sinumerik 828 CNC family, Siemens offers a method for connecting robots to machine tools. Different types of robots designed by different manufacturers can be connected to machines equipped with the CNCs using the Sinumerik Integrate Run MyRobot/EasyConnect interface to perform...

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Wand developed for GMAW/GTAW weld cleaning system

June 7, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies has launched the new Surfox™ Wand, compatible with the Surfox 304 GMAW/GTAW weld cleaning system. The wand, which features an ergonomic handle, is articulated for a wide range of motion. Its quick-change system allows the user to change accessories and clean larger...

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