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ABB Robotics introduces online, interactive training course

March 22, 2016

ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., has introduced IRC5 Operations Web Based Training (US519), an online, interactive training course that teaches students how to operate a robot using the ABB FlexPendant and the IRC5 robot controller. The course modules are self-paced, with videos, interactive...

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Best practices and troubleshooting tips to optimize robotic welding

March 21, 2016 | By Ryan Lizotte

A robotic welding cell is a significant investment that improves productivity and weld quality and ultimately reduces costs. These best practices and troubleshooting tips can help you maximize your ROI.

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Matrix Design opens facility in Illinois

March 9, 2016

Matrix Design LLC has opened an additional production facility in South Elgin, Ill. The 17,000-sq.-ft. building will more than double capacity, enabling more robotic automation systems to be built and powered concurrently. “Having this new space a few steps away from our main plant will...

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North American robotics market sets new records in 2015

February 10, 2016

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion during 2015, an increase of 14 percent in units and 11 percent in dollars over 2014....

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Medium track motion platform accommodates rapid product changes

February 10, 2016

ABB has introduced the IRBT 2005, a flexible, compact, modular medium track motion platform for robots and transfer applications. It is designed to accommodate rapid product changes in applications that require an extended working range and high degrees of speed and accuracy, including arc welding,...

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Matrix Design opens Indiana sales office

January 29, 2016

Matrix Design LLC, South Elgin, Ill., a manufacturer of robotic automation systems, has opened a sales office in Indianapolis. The office is led by Tim Fenner, sales specialist. The office serves industries in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and surrounding...

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Genesis Systems Group names VP of ICESA Systems

January 20, 2016

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has promoted Sean Patton to vice president - resistance spot welding and OEM business development for Genesis ICESA Systems, San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico. Patton, who has been with Genesis ICESA since its formation in...

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ABB appoints executive VP for U.S. Electrification Products business

January 19, 2016

Power and automation technology provider ABB has announced that Franklin Sullivan has assumed the role of executive vice president for its Memphis, Tenn.-based Electrification Products division in the U.S. In addition, he assumes commercial leadership for the division across North America (Canada...

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How to set up your press, tooling, workpiece for press-to-press robotic transfers

January 19, 2016 | By Tim Tuttle

Setting up for robotic press-to-press transfer systems requires some consideration of distances, bolster height, and stroke length, as well as feed length, die clearance and several other press, tooling and workpiece considerations.

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Caterpillar names group president

January 18, 2016

Caterpillar Inc. has named Denise Johnson, currently vice president with responsibility for the Material Handling & Underground Division, as group president of Resources Industries. The appointment, which follows the recently announced retirement of Group President Ed Rapp, takes effect April 1,...

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Robotics assimilated into machine control

January 7, 2016

With the introduction of openRobotics, partners Comau and B&R offer new levels of robotics integration for machinery and production lines. The system is based on a line of Comau robots that handle payloads from 6.6 to 1,433 lbs. Programming is uniform for every component in the line, including...

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Acme Mfg. Co. receives FANUC Global Partner of the Year 2015 Grand Award

December 23, 2015

Acme Mfg. Co., Auburn Hills, Mich., a manufacturer of integrated robotic automation for polishing, buffing, deburring, and grinding systems, has been awarded FANUC Corp.’s 2015 Grand Award. The firm was selected out of several hundred companies for its global success in providing flexible...

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Genesis Systems Group earns AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification

December 15, 2015

Robotic systems integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced its AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification. The quality management system is applicable to the company’s design, manufacture, and service of robotic automated equipment for use in agricultural, aviation, space,...

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Hawk Technology develops leadership team

December 7, 2015

Hawk Technology Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of tooling, fixtures, robotics integration systems, and vision inspection systems in Rock Island, Ill., has announced the development of a leadership team, resulting in several promotions. Josh Clare, previous president/CEO, has taken on the...

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Robotics pioneer Joseph F. Engelberger dies at age 90

December 2, 2015

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died Dec. 1, 2015, in Newtown, Conn. Widely known as the “Father of Robotics” and creator of the world’s first industrial robot, Engelberger revolutionized modern industrial and automotive manufacturing...

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