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AGT Robotics to host robotic welding system webinar April 8

April 4, 2016

AGT Robotics will host a webinar on Apr. 8, 2016, at 12:00 EDT presenting its latest robotic welding system for multiple applications. After a short introduction and a technical presentation of the system, participants will see a live demonstration and be able to ask the presenter questions. To...

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ABB Robotics introduces online, interactive training course

March 22, 2016

ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., has introduced IRC5 Operations Web Based Training (US519), an online, interactive training course that teaches students how to operate a robot using the ABB FlexPendant and the IRC5 robot controller. The course modules are self-paced, with videos, interactive...

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Matrix Design opens facility in Illinois

March 9, 2016

Matrix Design LLC has opened an additional production facility in South Elgin, Ill. The 17,000-sq.-ft. building will more than double capacity, enabling more robotic automation systems to be built and powered concurrently. “Having this new space a few steps away from our main plant will...

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North American robotics market sets new records in 2015

February 10, 2016

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion during 2015, an increase of 14 percent in units and 11 percent in dollars over 2014....

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Matrix Design opens Indiana sales office

January 29, 2016

Matrix Design LLC, South Elgin, Ill., a manufacturer of robotic automation systems, has opened a sales office in Indianapolis. The office is led by Tim Fenner, sales specialist. The office serves industries in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and surrounding...

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Genesis Systems Group names VP of ICESA Systems

January 20, 2016

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has promoted Sean Patton to vice president - resistance spot welding and OEM business development for Genesis ICESA Systems, San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico. Patton, who has been with Genesis ICESA since its formation in...

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ABB appoints executive VP for U.S. Electrification Products business

January 19, 2016

Power and automation technology provider ABB has announced that Franklin Sullivan has assumed the role of executive vice president for its Memphis, Tenn.-based Electrification Products division in the U.S. In addition, he assumes commercial leadership for the division across North America (Canada...

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Caterpillar names group president

January 18, 2016

Caterpillar Inc. has named Denise Johnson, currently vice president with responsibility for the Material Handling & Underground Division, as group president of Resources Industries. The appointment, which follows the recently announced retirement of Group President Ed Rapp, takes effect April 1,...

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Acme Mfg. Co. receives FANUC Global Partner of the Year 2015 Grand Award

December 23, 2015

Acme Mfg. Co., Auburn Hills, Mich., a manufacturer of integrated robotic automation for polishing, buffing, deburring, and grinding systems, has been awarded FANUC Corp.’s 2015 Grand Award. The firm was selected out of several hundred companies for its global success in providing flexible...

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Genesis Systems Group earns AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification

December 15, 2015

Robotic systems integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced its AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification. The quality management system is applicable to the company’s design, manufacture, and service of robotic automated equipment for use in agricultural, aviation, space,...

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Hawk Technology develops leadership team

December 7, 2015

Hawk Technology Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of tooling, fixtures, robotics integration systems, and vision inspection systems in Rock Island, Ill., has announced the development of a leadership team, resulting in several promotions. Josh Clare, previous president/CEO, has taken on the...

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Robotics pioneer Joseph F. Engelberger dies at age 90

December 2, 2015

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died Dec. 1, 2015, in Newtown, Conn. Widely known as the “Father of Robotics” and creator of the world’s first industrial robot, Engelberger revolutionized modern industrial and automotive manufacturing...

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Yaskawa Motoman announces staff changes

November 24, 2015

Dayton, Ohio-based Yaskawa Motoman has announced several key organizational changes. Scott Jenkins has joined the company as vice president of North American sales and marketing. He has nearly three decades of experience in industrial manufacturing and distribution. Jenkins formerly served...

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RIA launches website in honor of “Father of Robotics”

November 11, 2015

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a website paying tribute to Joseph F. Engelberger, known as the “Father of Robotics.” Engelberger, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, was an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, founding the...

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ISA, Automation Federation designate November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month

November 2, 2015

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its affiliate, the Automation Federation, Research Triangle Park, N.C., have designated November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month. “Automation Appreciation Month is an opportunity to celebrate the value and importance of the automation...

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