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Mitsubishi EDM partners with Oakland Community College

October 8, 2009

Mitsubishi EDM has announced a new partnership with the Advanced Technology Center of Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills campus. A new Mitsubishi FA20S Advanced Wire EDM is being installed under the direction of Philip Hale, Dean of Technology of OCC, and Dan Meehan, Account Manager for...

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Wintriss Controls agrees to acquire Honeywell Wintriss Controls

October 5, 2009

Wintriss Controls Group LLC has agreed to acquire Honeywell Wintriss Controls led by the current management team of Mark Hatch, Dick LaBelle, Andy Baker, Ashok Bhide and Dawn Whelpley. The transaction is expected to close on October 13, 2009. Wintriss Controls will continue to develop and...

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ABB, Vincennes University partner to enhance robotic training

September 28, 2009

ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, and Vincennes University (VU), Vincennes, Ind., have formed a partnership to enhance the college's vocational and technical robotic training and provide ABB with an authorized training facility in the central Midwest. The partnership includes the...

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Adept Technology expands distribution channel in Japan

September 9, 2009

Adept Technology Inc., a provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, has announced that it is expanding its distribution channel in Japan. The company has signed Nihon Kizai as its newest distributor to cover the Japanese market. Japan is the world's largest...

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Wolf Robotics personnel receive CRAW-T training, certification

September 9, 2009

Wolf Robotics employees Patrick Cross, Franklin Jones, Drew Akey, Aaron Bailey, Dan Gipson, Joshua Cirbo, and Jeff Gauger recently became qualified as AWS Certified Welding Inspectors and passed the Certified Robotic Arc Welding Technician requirements.The company's employees, including customer...

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Beckhoff Automation opens sales, engineering center

September 9, 2009

Beckhoff Automation has announced the opening of a new sales and engineering center in Charlotte, N.C. The expansion is a response to heightened demand from Beckhoff customers in North Carolina and South Carolina for training courses, technical support, and sales support.The company also announced...

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KUKA appoints director of distribution and product management

September 9, 2009

KUKA Robotics, Clinton Township, Mich., has appointed Matthew Job as director of distribution and product management. Job is responsible for driving relationships between KUKA Robotics Corp. and the KUKA Robotics System Partner network by establishing goals and strategies in sales distribution,...

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Robotic pipe welding with a human touch

September 1, 2009 | By Carl Heinrich

Automation has emerged as an alternative to manual welding, but these robotic and fixed automation technologies tend to work for specific applications, rather than general pipe fabricating. Automation coupled with the flexibility of a human operator during the welding process, however, represents a new alternative for those companies looking to squeeze more productivity out of the pipe fabricating process.

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GE, FANUC announce agreement to dissolve joint venture

August 18, 2009

GE and FANUC have announced that the two companies have agreed to dissolve the GE Fanuc Automation Corporation joint venture. This agreement would allow each company to refocus its investments to grow its existing businesses and pursue its respective core industry expertise. GE and FANUC expect the...

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Heavy-duty robot supports up to 3,000-lb. payload

August 11, 2009

FANUC Robotics America Inc. has introduced the new M-2000iA/1200 super-heavy-duty robot. It can support up to a 3,000-lb. payload with a 23.62-in. offset from the faceplate and full articulated motion at the wrist.The robot operates with the company's R-30iA controller, with functions such as...

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Coil end welding machine accommodates strip widths 0.250 to 3 in., thicknesses up to 0.060 in.

July 14, 2009

Guild Intl. has developed a welding machine for joining coil ends on production lines producing cored wire. The HMA Welder produces complete edge-to-edge welds on all types of lines producing cored wire from flat strip. It accommodates strip widths from 0.250 to 3 in. and thicknesses from 0.008 up...

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7-axis welding robot offers improved torch access into tight places

July 14, 2009

Motoman has introduced the seven-axis VA1400 Versatile Arc welding robot. Located in the lower arm, the seventh (E) axis acts as an elbow, which helps improve torch access into tight places and allows the robot to reach both sides of a part. The robot is available in floor-, wall-, or...

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Packing robot features 110.3-lb. payload, 360-degree work envelope

July 14, 2009

Motoman's four-axis MPK50 robot with DX100 controller for packing applications features a 110.3-lb. payload and a 360-degree work envelope. A slim manipulator design enables it to reach into confined spaces.The robot is floor-mounted and has a 65.7-in. vertical reach, 78.6-in. horizontal reach, and...

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Back to school with robotic welding

July 6, 2009 | By Amanda Carlson

Northwest Iowa Community College decided nine years ago that it would commit itself to leading the way in welding technology education. That commitment has not changed as the school recently replaced its 16-year-old robotic welding cell with a Robotic Education cell provided in conjunction by Lincoln Electric and FANUC Robotics.

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KUKA Robotics appoints vice president, sales and marketing

June 30, 2009

KUKA Robotics Corp., a global manufacturer of industrial robots, announced effective February 1, 2009 the appointment of James Cooper to the position of vice president of sales and marketing.Cooper leads the U.S. sales team and directs the company's strategic marketing initatives in addition to...

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