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ABB marks 125 years in Finland

September 2, 2014

ABB marks its 125th anniversary in Finland. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Strömberg, ABB Finland provides power transmission and distribution systems, building technology, sustainable transportation, renewable power, and industrial automation and marine systems....

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Panel PC equipped with multicore CPUs

August 28, 2014

To help boost the performance of multitouch industrial displays via an all-in-one HMI and automation device, Beckhoff Automation has released the new CP22xx series panel PC. Designed for cabinet installation, the PC combines a multitouch interface with multicore processors for automation and...

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Robots offer long and extended reaches

August 27, 2014

Yaskawa Motoman offers MH50 II series robots. Their flexible design allows them to be used for applications such as machine and press tending, material cutting and handling, coating, and dispensing. The long reach of the robot and the extended reaches of the MH50 II-35 and MH50 II-20 models...

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Heidenhain hires product specialist for automation division

August 26, 2014

Heidenhain Corp., Schaumburg, Ill., has hired Jonathan Dougherty as the North American product specialist, automation division. He is responsible for automation product support, including the company’s rotary encoders, slip rings, and resolvers. The company markets such products from not only the...

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System tends machine tools with vision-guided robotics

August 21, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the FlexMT™, a flexible, pre-engineered system designed to load and unload machine tools using vision-guided robotics. Designed for small-batch and high-volume production, the system increases spindle utilization by up to 60 percent over manual machine tending,...

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Yaskawa Motoman celebrates 25th anniversary

August 19, 2014

The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc. (Yaskawa Motoman), Miamisburg, Ohio, marks its 25th year in business in August. The company, previously known as Motoman Inc., was formally incorporated on July 18, 1989, as a 50/50 joint venture between Hobart Brothers Co. and Yaskawa Electric...

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Aug. 28 webinar to address robotic assembly techniques

August 19, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a webinar on Aug. 28 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT. It will describe intermediate techniques in assembling products with robots. Efficiency concepts such as sequential, parallel, and combinatorial assembly will be described. The...

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Compact arc welding robot carries torch, wire feeder on the arm

August 19, 2014

FANUC America Corp. will demonstrate its new Arc Mate 0iB robot at FABTECH. Designed for arc welding applications, it can carry a standard welding torch and wire feeder on the arm. The high-speed robot can be used for a variety of applications and is suited to smaller shops that typically weld...

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Kuka Aerospace to open Washington facility

August 12, 2014

Kuka Aerospace, Sterling Heights, Mich., a provider of automated manufacturing systems for aircraft manufacturing and assembly, will open its first U.S. facility outside of Michigan in Everett, Wash. The 29,000-sq.-ft. center will provide a service and maintenance hub close to customers on the West...

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Genesis Systems opens facility in Iowa

August 11, 2014

Genesis Systems Group, a manufacturer of welding, cutting, and assembly robots, has opened a second plant in Davenport, Iowa, adding 61,000 sq. ft. of factory and office space. The $4.6 million expansion also includes laser cutting and fabrication equipment. The new plant handles standard...

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Applied Robotics names president/interim CEO

August 8, 2014

Glenville, N.Y.-based Applied Robotics Inc., a global manufacturer of robotic end-of-arm tooling and connectivity systems, has appointed John Serfilippi as president and interim CEO upon the retirement of Michael F. Quinn, PE. Serfilippi has more than 30 years of corporate experience, including...

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Messer Cutting Systems names new president/CEO

July 30, 2014

Thermal cutting gantry machine manufacturer Messer Cutting Systems Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis., has appointed Bill Heller as president and CEO, effective Sept. 1. For the past five years, he has held the position of technology products sales manager for laser machines. Heller graduated from...

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North American robotics market sets new record in first half of 2014

July 29, 2014

Fueled by strong demand from manufacturing companies in all sectors, the North American robotics industry is off to its fastest start ever in 2014, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A record 14,135 robots valued at $788 million were...

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Part transfer robot conveys 15 parts/min.

July 18, 2014

Schuler has introduced the Crossbar Robot 4.0, used to transfer parts from one stage of a press line to the next. It can remove up to four parts at a time from the die, change their orientation as necessary, and place them directly into the next die. The robot is suitable for automating...

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Robot systems integration webinar scheduled for July 24

July 10, 2014

Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will host a webinar entitled “Best Practices for Robot Integrators—Advanced” on July 24. The webinar, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT, will explain all the phases of a complete systems integration cycle, discuss the technical and...

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