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Through-arm robotic GMAW gun

Selecting, installing, and maintaining a through-arm robotic GMAW gun

September 10, 2012 | By Ryan Lizotte

In recent years, through-arm robots have begun to replace conventional over-the-arm models. Following these selection, installation, and maintenance guidelines for a through-arm robotic GMAW gun can help you make a smooth transition.

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Sensing changes in automated welding

September 7, 2012 | By Andrew Short, Stephen Thacker

Can automated welding be a useful tool in the random world of fabricating, where material make-up is inconsistent and weld-prep results in non-aligned edges? With a vision system, automated welding indeed can be the right tool for the right application.

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Where is structural steel material handling moving?

August 3, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Structural steel fabricators now realize what their sheet metal counterparts have known for several years: It doesn't make sense to pay people for the non-value-added activity of handling beams. That's why these shops are investigating automated material handling, but before they do that, they need to answer some important questions.

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A road map to robotics

May 25, 2012 | By Andrew Glaser

Implementing robotics can prove to be beneficial, but you can’t expect to achieve your desired productivity results if you don’t know how products flow to and from that cell. In other words, simply throwing a robot onto the shop floor is not the answer. Before you make the commitment to robotics, it’s important to analyze your process flow and adopt methods that will help reduce waste from the manual process.

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Oh, the places you’ll go with offline programming—Part II

May 22, 2012 | By Jim Berge

Having difficulty aligning your offline programs with your real-world robot? Then you’ll want to read this article that discusses ways to overcome this problem, along with other offline programming uses that can help you get the most from your robots.

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Robotic Welding Programming

Oh, the places you’ll go with offline programming—Part I

April 9, 2012 | By Jim Berge

Offline programming has come of age. Fully taking advantage of all this technology has to offer can help you minimize downtime, increase robot productivity, boost quality, and improve your overall operation.

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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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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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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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Fabrication automation

January 10, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

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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The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding

October 20, 2011 | By Mark Oxlade

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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Should you automate your welding operation?

July 11, 2011 | By Robert Ryan, P. Eng., MBA

If conditions are right, automating your welding operation can improve quality and productivity. Careful consideration of various factors can help you determine if automation is appropriate for your application.

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Taking the load off material handling

March 14, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

A manufacturer of healthcare products automated the material handling and welding of a popular line of medical tables.

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Automated material handling Q & A

February 2, 2011

Editor's Note: This question-and-answer article probes new automation technology with Enrique Pano, ABB Robotics press automation manager.Q: What automated material handling challenges do stampers currently face?A: Stampers have always been pressured to improve material handling while reducing...

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The brain and brawn of modern automation

November 1, 2010 | By Mike Pellecchia

Automating metal fabrication requires more than just high-speed processing. The actual equipment—the brawn—is only half the equation. The other half is the software—the brains of shop automation.

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