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Medium-capacity range multipurpose robot introduced - TheFabricator.com

Medium-capacity range multipurpose robot introduced

January 3, 2011

ABB Robotics has introduced the new IRB 2600, the latest model in its medium-capacity range of multipurpose robots. It features a compact design, an ultrawide working envelope, a payload capacity up to 44.09 lbs., and a total arm weight of less than 661.39 lbs. Suitable for arc welding...

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Robot cable line expanded

January 3, 2011

Twistable hybrid, bus, motor, and fiber-optic cables have been added by igus® to its torsion-resistant Chainflex® robot cable range. The line includes five with a PUR outer jacket. CF-Robot 9 is a hybrid control cable that is available shielded or unshielded. CF-Robot 8 is a shielded bus cable,...

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High-speed punch press controls introduced

December 13, 2010

FANUC FA America has introduced the 30i/31i-P model B high-speed punch press controls. The CNCs have increased hit rates as a result of high-speed punch control cycles and an increased number of controllable axes: 32/20 maximum controlled axes and 24/4 maximum simultaneously controlled axes,...

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Minster relocates expanding Automation Division

December 6, 2010

The Minster Machine Co. will relocate its expanding Automation Division from Beaufort, S.C., to its global manufacturing headquarters in Minster, Ohio. "The decision was made to facilitate our Automation Initiative, which includes expanding our existing technologies and product offerings to...

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Software tracks weld joints at high speeds and in real time

November 29, 2010

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics offers two laser seam-tracking software packages for arc welding applications that use Servo-Robot's laser cameras. Both versions enable the company’s robots to track weld joints at high speeds and in real time, even while the parts are turning on a coordinated...

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New educational center features automated welding, cutting systems

November 8, 2010

Airgas Great Lakes has opened a new Automation Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Developed in partnership with Retro Systems, Hypertherm, Motoman, and Miller, the facility adjoins Airgas' 28th Street retail store. The facility's equipment includes a Retro Systems Hornet HD dual-side drive cutting...

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Miller Electric expands welding automation offering

November 8, 2010

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has entered into a strategic partnership with Panasonic Welding Systems Co. Ltd., a division of Panasonic Corp., to make Miller Welding Automation, a new business unit, the distribution route for Panasonic robotic welding arms in North America. The welding...

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Laser-based seam finder for arc welding robots introduced

November 8, 2010

Motoman Robotics has introduced a new laser-based seam finder for its arc welding robots. The Accufast noncontact laser seam finder is compact, mounted inline with the welding torch, and compatible with Motoman Robotics' through-arm torch design robots. Macro job routines help simplify...

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QComp Technologies joins FANUC Robotics America's distribution network

November 1, 2010

QComp Technologies Inc., a robotics integrator in Greenville, Wis., has become a member of FANUC Robotics America Corp.'s distribution network. The company will combine its vision-guided picking, packing, and palletizing products with FANUC's robots. QComp Technologies Inc. designs and builds...

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The brain and brawn of modern automation - TheFabricator.com

The brain and brawn of modern automation

November 1, 2010

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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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Taylor-Winfield Corp. announces sale of its assets to The Brilex Group of companies

October 25, 2010

The Brilex Group has acquired the assets of metalworking machinery supplier Taylor-Winfield Corp. A new company, Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc., has been formed and funded by Brian and Alex Benyo, co-owners of The Brilex Group of companies. "Taylor-Winfield Technologies core competencies will...

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Lincoln Electric earns Market Share Leadership Award - TheFabricator.com

Lincoln Electric earns Market Share Leadership Award

October 25, 2010

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has been honored with the Market Share Leadership Award for best practices in the world pipeline industry related to welding equipment and consumables. The award, based on global research by analysts and consultants and outlined in Frost and Sullivan’s "CEO...

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ABB Robotics training lab to open at Vincennes University - TheFabricator.com

ABB Robotics training lab to open at Vincennes University

October 18, 2010

ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Vincennes University (VU) will host an open house Oct. 27 to celebrate the grand opening of the ABB Robotics training lab at VU's $9 million industrial training facility, the Indiana Center for Applied Technology (ICAT), Vincennes, Ind. The event is the...

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ABB appoints head of Robot Products Group in U.S. - TheFabricator.com

ABB appoints head of Robot Products Group in U.S.

October 11, 2010

ABB, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced the appointment of Joe Campbell as vice president of its U.S. Robot Products Group. In this position, he leads the sales, market development, technical support, and production delivery of the company’s robots in the U.S. Campbell joined ABB Robotics...

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Robotic welding of heavy plate sections - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding of heavy plate sections

October 4, 2010

When mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus, Houston, Pa., redesigned its line pans for coal removal, it increased the size and thickness of the equipment. The redesign provided the perfect opportunity to move to an automated welding cell to keep up with the additional 150 lbs. of filler metal that would have to be added to each line pan.

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