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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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Robot provides working envelope of nearly 360 degrees

July 19, 2010

Toshiba Machine's TH-A series of SCARA robots is equipped with rigid gears for each axis to provide quick acceleration and deceleration. The line is identical to the company's TH series, with the exception of the gears and the robot's working envelope: axis one and axis two combine to provide a...

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Yaskawa America announces new Motoman Robotics facility location

July 7, 2010

Yaskawa America Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has announced that its Motoman Robotics division, a manufacturer of robots and robotic automation systems, has executed an option agreement to secure property in Dayton for its new, 300,000-sq.-ft. office and production facility. The facility, which will serve...

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Genesis Systems Group appoints senior director – global relations - TheFabricator

Genesis Systems Group appoints senior director – global relations

July 7, 2010

Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced the appointment of Makoto Matsuoka to senior director – global relations. In this role, Matsuoka is accountable for identifying and supporting the company's new domestic clients, as well as helping to establish and foster emerging...

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Motoman, Yaskawa Electric America combine

June 14, 2010

Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America Inc. have announced that they are combining to form Yaskawa America Inc. The Motoman operations in Dayton, Ohio, will form the Motoman Robotics Div. of Yaskawa America; the Yaskawa Electric America Inc. operations in Waukegan, Ill., will form the Drives &...

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ABB appoints Michael Mahfet to head its robotics business in North America

June 9, 2010

ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies, has announced the appointment of Michael Mahfet as vice president and general manager of its robotics business in North American, according to Rick Hepperla, regional president of the company's Discrete Automation & Motion division. Mahfet, who...

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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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