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Orbitform names Northwick Associates as European distributor

July 11, 2006

Orbitform Group, Jackson, Mich., has named Northwick Associates, Worcestershire, U.K., as European distributor for the company's products, including orbital forming machines, Adtech and Milford impact...

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Reaching peak performance, productivity

July 11, 2006

Alpine Engineered Products had more business than it could handle: It was straining its resources and personnel in a way that made the company have to look outside its semiautomatic welding practices. Eventually robotic welding helped the company meet its production, lead-time, and turnover challenges—and keep the company growing.

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Malaysian demand for welding equipment, consumables to expand

June 22, 2006

Frost & Sullivan has reported that demand for welding equipment in Malaysia is set to expand as foreign investment boosts the general level of industrial infrastructure and manufacturing activity in...

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Keyswitch module enhances safety gate switches

June 13, 2006

Fortress Interlocks has introduced an option pod with keyswitch for its amGard modular safety gate switches, which helps to ensure that an operator can enter a hazardous area only when it is safe.The...

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New robot orders fall 30 percent in first quarter

June 13, 2006

According to statistics released by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich, new orders for North American robotics companies fell 30 percent in the first quarter of 2006.A 39...

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Lincoln Electric receives President's 'E-Star' Award

June 2, 2006

The Lincoln Electric Company has received the President's "E Star" Award for Exports in recognition of its achievement in supporting export growth in the U.S. business community. The award was...

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Robotic welding cell designed for small, medium-sized parts

May 9, 2006

The Z-Weld dual fixed-table robotic welding cell from Marathon Welding Automation is suitable for on small to medium-sized parts.The cell is adaptable to all robot models and welding power supplies...

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Robot handles welding, assembly, material handling

May 9, 2006

FANUC Robotics North America Inc. has introduced the R-2000iB multipurpose, intelligent robot that handles welding, assembly, part transfer, material removal, and machine loading.The robot is...

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Panasonic names director of solutions

May 9, 2006

Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. of America, Buffalo Grove, Ill., has named M. Faisal Pandit as director of solutions, responsible for all software and engineering systems.Pandit has been employed with...

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Wolf names support engineer, regional manager

May 9, 2006

Wolf Robotics, Fort Collins, Colo., has hired Jimmy Barber as customer support engineer and has appointed Tim Ulinski as regional manager for the south central U.S.Barber performs field service,...

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Optimizing flow through robotic welding workcells

May 9, 2006

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Robotic welding systems can enhance a company's production and bottom line. However, using these systems requires careful thought and planning, building the right infrastructure, and achieving the right balance between robotic and manual operations. This article presents an overview of one company's successful implementation of robotic welding.

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Nachi Robotic Systems upgrades certification

April 11, 2006

Nachi Robotic Systems Inc., Novi, Mich., has upgraded its quality management systems in all North American facilities to ISO 9001:2000 certification.Nachi is the North American robot headquarters for...

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Duggan Mfg. named supplier of the year

April 11, 2006

Duggan Mfg., Shelby Township, Mich., has been named Prototype Supplier of the Year by Hi-Lex Controls Inc., Troy, Mich., in recognition of performance and service related to prototype programs...

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Lincoln to open facility in Dubai

April 11, 2006

Lincoln Electric Co. is building a regional headquarters and training facility in Dubai to support sales and customer service throughout the Middle East and North Africa.The 5,500-sq.-ft. facility is...

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Intelligent Robotic Welding

April 11, 2006

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Planning a productive intelligent robotic welding workcell requires many phases. These include preplanning with a computer simulation, getting the virtual results to translate into real-world operation, using multiple robots within the workcell for material handling as well as welding, and utilizing vision systems to help compensate for part variations.

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