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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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Panasonic Factory Solutions moves to new facilities

September 27, 2010

Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. of America has moved into a new, dedicated demonstration and training facility in Buffalo Grove, Ill., and offices in nearby Rolling Meadows, Ill. The custom showroom will host demonstrations for electronics assembly, microelectronics, and welding and robotics in...

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FANUC CNC America changes name, collaborates with Rockwell Automation

September 21, 2010

FANUC CNC America Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., has changed its name to FANUC FA America Corp. The company represents the FA (Factory Automation) division of FANUC Ltd. Japan. Along with the name change, the company has unveiled a new corporate symbol, created to represent the three major...

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Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models - TheFabricator.com

Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models

September 15, 2010

J.C. Conner Ltd. offers the Welding Pro nozzle and tip cleaner for production welding guns. The unit is available in a 110-V electric model and a 100-PSI, air-operated model with adjustable speed. Inserting the gun with light pressure will start the machine's cleaning cycle; removing the gun...

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Mobile welding robot configured for large weldments - TheFabricator.com

Mobile welding robot configured for large weldments

September 13, 2010

The configuration of Servo-Robot’s MWR-350™ mobile welding robot allows it to be brought directly onto large weldments. Typical applications include shipbuilding, earthmoving equipment, large tanks and vessels, and construction. The robot is equipped with a laser sensing system with...

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PLC, robot controller combined in integrated unit - TheFabricator.com

PLC, robot controller combined in integrated unit

September 7, 2010

ABB has introduced an integrated unit that combines the AC500 PLC with the IRC5 robot controller for robot cell applications. With up to three local I/O boards and bus communications for remote I/Os, the integrated controller provides users with a single point of control for peripheral...

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Welding robot designed for automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators - TheFabricator.com

Welding robot designed for automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators

September 7, 2010

The six-axis Motoman® MS120 Master Spot welding robot is designed to help optimize automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators. The slim-profile robot, which features a 264.6-lb. payload, can be placed in close proximity to workpieces and other robots to create...

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Motoman Robotics begins new headquarters construction - TheFabricator.com

Motoman Robotics begins new headquarters construction

August 23, 2010

Ground was broken Aug. 13 for Motoman Robotics' new facility at the Austin Blvd/I-75 interchange (northwest corner; exit 41) in Miamisburg, Ohio. The new facility will serve as the company's headquarters and main manufacturing facility for its North and South American operations. The...

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Robot sales in North America jump 40 percent in first half of 2010

August 17, 2010

North American-based robotics companies saw orders jump 40 percent in units in the first half of 2010, according to new figures released by industry trade group Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered a total of 6,316 robots valued at $411.4 million...

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Lincoln Electric Automation to host structural steel industry event

August 10, 2010

Lincoln Electric Automation will host a SteelDay event at the company's Automation Center of Excellence on Sept. 24. The full-day agenda will include presentations, demonstrations, a facility tour, and lunch. Special guest Dr. Omer Blodgett will be available to sign books. SteelDay 2010, sponsored...

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Making the case for robotic welding - TheFabricator

Making the case for robotic welding

August 4, 2010 | By Mike Jacobsen

Looking at labor savings is only one factor to consider if a fabricator is going to prepare a formal cost justification case for a robotic welding cell.

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