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North American robotics market records strongest opening quarter ever

April 28, 2016

The North American robotics market has set new records to begin 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 7,406 robots, valued at about $402 million, during Q1 2016. This is a new record among opening quarters—7 percent higher...

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Lightweight tooling helps increase robot capacity

April 27, 2016

IMI Precision Eng. offers IMI Norgren Featherweight tooling. According to the company, the tooling is up to 70 percent lighter than existing modular tooling, so it can consume less energy, increase robot speed, and carry more cups. A ball clamp allows the crossbar to be positioned close to the...

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Güdel appoints CEO

April 26, 2016

Güdel Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has appointed Stuart “Stu” Shepherd as CEO following the retirement of Stefan Nilsson. Shepherd is responsible for the operations and performance of the U.S. and Canadian businesses. Before joining the...

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Articulated robot applications to lift industrial robotics market through 2020

April 20, 2016

According to “Industrial Robotics Market in the U.S. 2016-2020,” a market study released by London-based Technavio, the industrial robotics market in the U.S. is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 12.25 percent during the forecast period. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the market...

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Robotics education curricula and software offered

April 14, 2016

Yaskawa Motoman has developed dedicated curricula, programs, and hardware and software tools to deliver real-world industrial experiences in a classroom environment. The STEM Robotics Platforms are modular packages that enable instructors to teach robotics using the same equipment deployed in...

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FANUC America expands operations

April 13, 2016

FANUC America Corp., a supplier of robotics, CNCs, and factory automation based in Rochester Hills, Mich., will open four new facilities, relocate three facilities to larger offices, and add three new regional training centers in 2016. The company plans to:Add a manufacturing and distribution...

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Mechanized welding package uses SAW, open-arc processes

April 12, 2016

The new Pantheon™ mechanized welding system from Lincoln Electric performs automated, repetitive welding operations for SAW and open-arc welding processes for such industries as heavy fabrication, shipbuilding, power generation, construction, and pressure vessel manufacturing. Available in 8-...

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Acieta founder steps down as company president

April 5, 2016

Thirty-three years after founding Automated Concepts Inc., the company that became Acieta LLC, a Pewaukee, Wis., provider of industry robotic system integration, John Burg has stepped down as company president. Blake Consdorf has taken over as the new divisional president of Acieta Iowa, Council...

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Cloos Robotic Welding opens Houston facility

April 5, 2016

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Cloos Robotic Welding Inc., a subsidiary of Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH located in Haiger, Germany, has opened a new facility in Houston. The company offers automated welding systems for pipe welding and heavy metal fabrication, using such processes as tandem, cold...

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AGT Robotics to host robotic welding system webinar April 8

April 4, 2016

AGT Robotics will host a webinar on Apr. 8, 2016, at 12:00 EDT presenting its latest robotic welding system for multiple applications. After a short introduction and a technical presentation of the system, participants will see a live demonstration and be able to ask the presenter questions. To...

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Offline weld robot programming evolves

April 4, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Several years ago Groupe Gravel invested in robotic welding and plasma cutting. And from the very start, for most work, technicians never programmed jobs using a teach pendant.

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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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