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Robotic advancements in welding tube, pipe - TheFabricator

Robotic advancements in welding tube, pipe

June 4, 2010 | By Mark Oxlade

Robotics gained a foothold in industry because they can work in environments that are hot, toxic, or otherwise dangerous. The drawback was the programming, which initially was tedious and time-consuming, especially for precision tasks such as welding. Advancements in tactile sensing systems, automated arc welding controls, and software for tube and pipe welding have helped to spread robotic welding technology.

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Electronic hand wheel simplifies changing formats, positioning objects with numerous axes

May 24, 2010

Heidenhain Corp. offers the HR 1120 electronic handwheel to help simplify retooling and setup processes in machine automation systems that require changing formats or positioning objects with numerous axes. The handwheel is used in association with the machine control. Despite its compact...

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Automatic height control, seam tracking available for welding drive system - TheFabricator

Automatic height control, seam tracking available for welding drive system

May 17, 2010

Bug-O Systems has introduced two new accessories for the Modular Drive System (MDS): automated height control and seam tracking. The automated height control system provides automatic up/down positioning of the torch when using CV weld processes. Features include current set point control and...

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Robotic welding positioner available in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side - TheFabricator

Robotic welding positioner available in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side

May 17, 2010

A heavy-duty, three-axis welding positioner configuration is available from Wolf Robotics in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side. The positioner has a Ferris wheel-type interchange between stations for operator loading and unloading while a robot is welding on the other side. The...

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Genesis Systems names executive vice president

May 10, 2010

Genesis Systems Group, a robotic workcell integrator in Davenport, Iowa, has appointed Chuck Keibler to executive vice president – business development. In this role, he is accountable for all aspects of business development, client discovery, service, and training. He also administers the...

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Bilsing Automation adds manufacturing reps

April 12, 2010

Bilsing Automation North America, Clinton Township, Mich., has announced the addition of two Michigan companies — MJM Sales Inc. of Rochester and Michigan Automation LLC of Lake Orion — to its network of manufacturing representatives throughout North America. MJM Sales President Mitch...

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ACE adds to engineering staff

April 6, 2010

Automated Cells & Equipment Inc., a provider of automation systems and robotics in Painted Post, N.Y., has added two new employees and promoted a current employee to its engineering department. Les Scrivener and Jeff Jelliff have been hired as mechanical design engineers. Scrivener has more than 10...

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Retaining heads upgraded

March 30, 2010

Tregaskiss has upgraded the design of its TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads. At no additional cost to its customers, the TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads now feature the company's dual taper technology—a second rear taper between the gooseneck and the contact tip. This design further improves electrical...

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Robotic welding cell control features slim design, touchscreen operation

March 23, 2010

Wolf Robotics has introduced a robotic welding cell control that features a slim design with touchscreen operation. Numerous control screens are used to control the welding process, including system diagnostics, overall equipment effectiveness, automatic cycling, service, and alarms. The control...

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Robotic welding system has optional gas, water cooling

March 15, 2010

Fronius USA has developed the TransSteel Robotics system with optional gas or water cooling for robotic steel welding. The system is compatible with robots produced by leading manufacturers. Steel transfer technology and a digital inverter power source form the basis of the new robotic welding...

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Long-reach robots suitable for processing large parts

March 15, 2010

The high-speed MH series robots from Motoman Inc. have a flexible design that allows them to be used for applications including coating, dispensing, material cutting, handling, and welding. The long reach of the MH50 model and the extended reaches of the MH50-35 and MH50-20 make these robots...

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Welding oscillator features simplified handling, setup

March 5, 2010

The portable, modular design of Gullco's OSC-PR-10 heavy-duty remote control oscillator helps simplify handling and setup. The compact unit is mounted on a Kat travel carriage and imparts pendulum, tangential, or step motion to the welding gun with adjustable stroke widths, speeds, and dwell times....

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Automated welding tractors travel at 6 to 47 IPM

March 5, 2010

Miggytrac automated tractors from ESAB Welding & Cutting Products are compact, motorized tractors that attach to the company's welding torches to provide stable movement for welding. The 1001 model features a remote control panel with start/stop, travel direction, wire feed speed, and voltage...

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AGT, Roboweld sign joint venture

March 5, 2010

AGT of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and Roboweld Inc. of Burnaby, B.C., have signed a joint venture to advance market exposure and adoption of robotic processes in welding and nonwelding manufacturing operations. The terms of the joint venture enable both companies to share resources, physical capacity,...

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Think before you integrate (robotic welding)

March 1, 2010 | By Bob Rochelle

Implementing robotic welding systems for the first time is generally a successful endeavor. However, potential pitfalls and common mistakes can lead to performance issues and increase operational costs. Making yourself aware of these mistakes and the measures you should take to prevent them will contribute to a pleasant transition from labor-intensive, manual processes to the lower-cost, higher-quality automated ones in use today and into the future.

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