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Robotic tool changer handles payloads to 600 lbs.

February 5, 2015

The new QC-160 robotic tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation has a high moment capacity in a lightweight, compact design. It uses the same locking mechanism as the company’s QC-200 series. The tool changer features internal lock/unlock sensing and five 3/8-NPT and four ½-NPT...

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7 Press automation trends lean toward continued integration, acceleration

January 29, 2015

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Automation trends culled from FABTECH and other products introduced throughout 2014 indicate more integration, acceleration are to come in 2015.

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Industrial robots global study: China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

January 28, 2015

By 2017 more industrial robots will be operating in China's production plants than in the European Union or North America. Operating unit numbers there will double from today's 200,000 to more than 400,000, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Frankfurt, Germany, in its 2014...

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Done-in-one meets structural fabrication

January 23, 2015

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New system introduces full automation to structural fabrication, including cutting, beam and plate handling, and welding.

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Lincoln Electric names president of global automation

January 22, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has promoted Steven B. Hedlund to senior vice president and president, global automation. Hedlund joined the company, a manufacturer of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel...

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Product protects cables in robotic workcells

January 14, 2015

Developed for robotic workcells, Base-RAP® from Güdel manages and protects cables between the energy chain of TrackMotion® floor and overhead modules and the base of the robot. Key components include protective cable conduit, brackets, and quick-access mounting clips. Conduits featuring...

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Robotic welding system configurable with most tank designs

December 26, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced the RoboTank™ robotic tank welding system for fabricators producing tanks and vessels for the energy, automotive, and heavy equipment industries. The system can be used to fabricate most tank designs and includes tooling used to present the weld joints...

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Welding trainer designed for robot programmers

December 22, 2014

Virtual Welding Robotics by Fronius is available to instructors to assist the training of robot programmers. With this simulation platform, trainees in robotic welding can get close to the action without the limitations imposed by safety devices or missing welding equipment. The system shows...

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ABB board nominates new chairman

December 18, 2014

The ABB board of directors has unanimously nominated Peter Voser to succeed Hubertus von Grünberg as chairman. Grünberg and Michael Treschow, chairman of the Governance and Nomination Committee, have decided not to stand for re-election to the board. David Constable will stand for election,...

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Smart equipment choices in structural fabrication

December 18, 2014

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Structural fabricators have a plethora of equipment options to choose from these days, and all the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing what’s available, as well as keeping a few basic factors in mind, can help a structural fabricator make an educated choice.

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Industrial robotics market expected to exceed $40 billion by 2020

December 15, 2014

The global industrial robotics market is expected to exceed $40 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc., San Francisco. Increased demand from the automotive industry, coupled with growing labor costs, has encouraged industrial robots’ deployment in manufacturing....

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One metal fabricator, two value streams

December 12, 2014

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For decades Nu-Way Industries operated with a conventional management structure. In recent years, managers at the Des Plaines, Ill., fabricator discovered that the two kinds of orders the company processed, engineered to order and make to stock, really called for two distinct value streams, each operating under a different business model.

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Robotic welding cells serve as entry point to automated welding

December 11, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced Auto-Mate™ pre-engineered robotic welding cells, designed for first-time buyers of welding automation. Delivered in two to four weeks, the systems serve as an entry point for new buyers to implement automated welding. The Auto-Mate 5 is a single-zone...

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GTAW process integrated with robotic system

December 11, 2014

The TIP-TIG process from ABB offers improved coping with joint fit-up gaps, higher travel speeds, and lower heat input requirements when compared to traditional GTAW, according to the manufacturer. Integrated with a robotic system for the first time, the process is installed at the ABB lab in a...

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Beckhoff North America names president

December 10, 2014

Automation system provider Beckhoff Automation has announced that Aurelio Banda will become president of North American operations at Beckhoff Automation LLC, Savage, Minn., effective Jan. 1. The subsidiary’s current president, Graham Harris, will assume a regional management role as part of a...

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