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Offline programming software schedules robot tasks without causing downtime

July 27, 2015

ABB’s new RobotStudio® app in the Okuma App Store incorporates the IRC5 robot controller software, allowing users to schedule robot tasks such as training, programming, and optimization offline without causing downtime in production. The app is built on the company’s Virtual Controller,...

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Robot model handles hot forming processes

July 21, 2015

Schuler has unveiled two new models of its Crossbar Robot 4.0 for the automation of mechanical and hydraulic press lines and for retrofitting of existing lines. The 4.0 S is equipped with an additional shift axis that enables it to use the Crossbar feeder tooling, which in turn is used for...

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Coupling technology withstands high-speed loading in press transfer system

July 20, 2015

Güdel Inc. and ATI Industrial Automation have collaborated on a 3-axis transfer press system that features exchangeable transfer rails secured by couplers. According to the companies, the coupler mitigates common issues that cause other exchangeable rails to get stuck between die changes. ATI...

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Robot designed for small, medium-sized companies

July 8, 2015

Comau has introduced the Racer3 high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot featuring a payload of 6.6 lbs. and a reach of 25 in. Built from high-strength aluminum, the robot can be mounted on benches, walls, ceilings, or inclined supports. The compact, rigid robot has applications in assembly,...

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Conveyance system carries autobody sections through robotic workstations

June 11, 2015

Kuka Systems North America LLC has announced the commercial launch of its Pulse carrier conveyance system for automotive car body assembly lines. The patent-pending concept uses linear synchronous motor technology provided by MagneMotion of Devens, Mass., to move body sections through robotic...

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Torch cleaning is electrically powered

June 3, 2015

SKS Welding Systems offers the eReam torch cleaning system for use in automated arc welding. Featuring all-electric drives, the gas nozzle cleaning system offers energy-efficient cleaning with measurable and controllable electrical values for its milling unit, spraying unit, and optional wire...

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End-of-arm tooling offering expanded

April 23, 2015

SAS Automation now offers the full line of Nile air-actuated cutting tools and Merry hand-operated cutting tools. This is the first time the company has offered a full line of products outside of its own engineered end-of-arm tooling (EOAT)...

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Dual-arm robot works collaboratively with humans

April 21, 2015

ABB has introduced YuMi®, which the company says is the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm industrial robot. While the robot was specifically designed to meet the flexible and agile production needs of the consumer electronics industry, it has equal application in any small-parts...

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Robot offers elevated payload

March 31, 2015

Comau has introduced the Smart NJ 650 robot with an elevated payload for manipulating components of significant size and weight. The robot can handle a payload of up to 1,433 lbs. and has a maximum horizontal reach of 8.86 ft. It features high stiffness; a compact, space-saving design; and an...

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Spot welding robot features reduced profile

March 30, 2015

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics offers the MS80W II spot welding robot. The lightweight robot has a reduced profile compared to traditional high-payload spot welding robots. It offers simplified integration into SpotWorlds®, expanded wrist motion range to eliminate interference, and up to 70 percent less...

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Multiprocess welding lathe incorporates water-cooled torches

March 19, 2015

The new PLC-based, multiprocess welding lathe from Mavrix Welding Automation is designed for hardfacing and build-up welding applications. With the use of a D/F Machine Specialties high-amperage, water-cooled torch, users can run subarc, GMAW, and gasless applications in one cell. The...

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Robot designed for machine tending

February 18, 2015

The heavy payload of the MH280 II robot, available from Yaskawa Motoman, makes it suitable for machine tending, from boring and milling to grinding. With its increased moment and inertia ratings, the unit also can be used in material handling and press-tending applications. It also is suitable for...

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Industrial robot controller footprint made 25 percent smaller

February 12, 2015

ABB Robotics has unveiled the second generation of its IRC5C compact controller. With a footprint of 12.2 by 17.7 by 17.4 in., the new model is up to 25 percent smaller than the original compact model and 87 percent smaller than the standard cabinet controller. Features include an enhanced...

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Compact robot suited for limited-space applications

February 11, 2015

Comau has introduced the Racer 999 6-axis, articulated robot. With a reach of just less than 1 m (999 mm), the robot is suitable for applications in a limited space, including assembly, handling, machine tooling, and packaging. Designed for a payload of about 15 lbs., the robot can carry up to...

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Robotic tool changer handles payloads to 600 lbs.

February 5, 2015

The new QC-160 robotic tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation has a high moment capacity in a lightweight, compact design. It uses the same locking mechanism as the company’s QC-200 series. The tool changer features internal lock/unlock sensing and five 3/8-NPT and four ½-NPT...

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