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Gauging welding’s success

March 25, 2015

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In recent years Ashcroft’s Connecticut plant has changed significantly. It’s an operation transitioning from batch-style production to lean part flow, and a new, flexible welding cell has helped the manufacturer prepare for future improvements.

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Multiprocess welding lathe incorporates water-cooled torches

March 19, 2015

The new PLC-based, multiprocess welding lathe from Mavrix Welding Automation is designed for hardfacing and build-up welding applications. With the use of a D/F Machine Specialties high-amperage, water-cooled torch, users can run subarc, GMAW, and gasless applications in one cell. The...

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Transition to welding robotics inevitable across industries globally, says study

March 16, 2015

Modernization needs in the competitive global market and the rising emphasis on energy efficiency are steering industries toward automation. This trend is driving the uptake of welding robots over manual welding methods. While demand from the automotive and transportation industry will be robust,...

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Evana Automation ships robotic material handling system to medical device manufacturer

March 16, 2015

Evansville, Ind.-based Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, has shipped a robotic material handling system to a medical device manufacturer. The system transports wire-shaping fixtures to one of several heat-treat furnaces, a...

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5 things to know about robotic GMAW guns

March 11, 2015

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When choosing the best robotic welding system for your operation, make sure to pay special attention to the gun and consumables. One size does not fit all.

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ABB to expand in Tennessee

March 4, 2015

Power and automation technology provider ABB will invest $30 million in building a new manufacturing site and expanding its customer experience center for its Low Voltage Products division in the Memphis, Tenn., area. The investment will initially create more than 200 jobs, with 100 more jobs...

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Automation ROI webinar scheduled for March 5

February 24, 2015

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will host a webinar entitled “How to Evaluate the ROI on Automation” on March 5, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST. There are many ways to calculate return on investment when purchasing automation and capital goods. While the initial...

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DeWys Mfg. creates customized robotic weld cell

February 18, 2015

Precision metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc. has built and assembled Megatron, a new large weldment cell, at its facility in Marne, Mich. This robotic weld cell includes a FANUC ARCmate 120ic robot; a custom-built, CNC, H-type cam indexer-driven positioner; and a Lincoln Electric Power Wave i400...

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Robot designed for machine tending

February 18, 2015

The heavy payload of the MH280 II robot, available from Yaskawa Motoman, makes it suitable for machine tending, from boring and milling to grinding. With its increased moment and inertia ratings, the unit also can be used in material handling and press-tending applications. It also is suitable for...

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Industrial robot controller footprint made 25 percent smaller

February 12, 2015

ABB Robotics has unveiled the second generation of its IRC5C compact controller. With a footprint of 12.2 by 17.7 by 17.4 in., the new model is up to 25 percent smaller than the original compact model and 87 percent smaller than the standard cabinet controller. Features include an enhanced...

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ABB Robotics announces customer certification program

February 11, 2015

ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., has developed a customer certification program that allows customers to take classes to become a certified robot maintenance technician and/or a certified robot programmer. Instruction, hands-on training, and qualification assessments are conducted at each of the...

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Compact robot suited for limited-space applications

February 11, 2015

Comau has introduced the Racer 999 6-axis, articulated robot. With a reach of just less than 1 m (999 mm), the robot is suitable for applications in a limited space, including assembly, handling, machine tooling, and packaging. Designed for a payload of about 15 lbs., the robot can carry up to...

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Wolf Robotics joins collaboration to advance computer-aided robotics for welding

February 9, 2015

Wolf Robotics LLC, Fort Collins, Colo., has announced its participation in a collaboration of industry leaders working with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to make advancements in the area of computer-aided robotics for welding (CAR-W). CAR-W is a software technology that strives...

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North American robotics market has strongest year ever in 2014

February 6, 2015

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2014, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 27,685 robots valued at $1.6 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2014, an increase of 28 percent in units and 19 percent...

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Yaskawa Motoman announces partnerships with teams for Amazon Picking Challenge

February 5, 2015

Dayton, Ohio-based Yaskawa Motoman has selected Rutgers University’s PRACSYS Lab, The University of Texas Nuclear Robotics Group (NRG), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Autonomous Robotic Collaboration Lab (ARC) to receive a Motoman® dual-arm robot, which will be deployed for the Amazon...

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