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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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Fume extraction hoods suitable for robotic and hard automation systems

February 9, 2010

Lincoln Electric Automation has introduced fume extraction hoods for robotic and hard automation systems. The Statiflex® filter bank filtration system offers MERV 16-rated filters and automated filter cleaning. The fan mounts directly to the filter bank to conserve space. The hood is shipped as...

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Drop carbide dispenser features improved deposition control

February 9, 2010

Mavrix Automatic Welding has redesigned its drop carbide dispensing system to improve the control over the rate of deposited carbide into the weld stream. Through management and regulation of incoming voltage, the vibration unit no longer is influenced through variation of line voltage that affects...

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5 traits to look for in a robotic cell operator

January 14, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Automated welding holds great promise forkeeping U.S. metal fabricators competitiveagainst their international counterpartsbecause it keeps labor costs down, but theserobotic welding cells still require somehuman intervention. Having said that,management doesn't want just anyone in therole of robotic welding cell operator. Hereare five characteristics that they can lookfor to ensure they get the right person forthe job.

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Keeping sight of the little things

January 12, 2010 | By Rob Ryan

Want to get more from your robotic GMAW system? Find out how selecting the appropriate wire, consumables, liner, filler metal package, and welding gun can help decrease downtime, increase productivity, and improve quality.

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Cleaning station designed for robotic GMAW guns

December 7, 2009

Arndt Enterprise Ltd. has introduced the AE-SC2CV nozzle cleaning station with pneumatic reamer, designed for manufacturers using robotic GMAW guns. The system can be used with all brands of robotic GMAW guns and various sizes of nozzles and contact tips.When fully equipped, the system is designed...

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Torches work with all GMAW robots, including hollow-wrist-style

December 7, 2009

Arndt Enterprise Ltd. has introduced TBi-Industries' robotic welding torches. The air-cooled and water-cooled torches range in capacity from 250 to 550 amps and are designed to work with all GMAW robots, including hollow-wrist-style systems.Complete systems include a torch neck, collision safety...

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Ultrasonic metal welding equipment introduced

November 10, 2009

Sonobond Ultrasonics has introduced two ultrasonic metal welding machines.The Dual Head SpliceRite™ can weld wire bundles with cross-sectional areas of up to 3.94 sq. in. According to the manufacturer, no other ultrasonic welder can equal this capacity in a single pulse. This makes the...

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Adept Technology hires director of global sales, marketing

November 10, 2009

Adept Technology Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., has appointed Rush LaSelle as director of global sales and marketing. He is responsible for the company's global sales and marketing initiatives.LaSelle has more than 20 years of experience in flexible automation. He previously served as general manager...

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