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Report predicts growth in advanced robotics for manufacturing

October 1, 2014

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory, and trainability, industrial manufacturers are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage, according to a report released by PwC US in...

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Package increases control for pulsed arc welding

September 24, 2014

Fronius has developed the PMC (pulse multi control) pulse welding package for the TPS/i GMAW power source platform. It provides the welder with access to a variety of synergic characteristics that work with the company’s latest-generation devices. Features include an improved pulse correction...

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RIA webinar will cover intermediate robotic welding

September 23, 2014

Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a webinar on intermediate robotic welding on Sept. 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT. Concepts of resistance spot welding and arc welding will be presented. A robot may weld a preprogrammed position, be guided by machine vision,...

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Lincoln Electric licenses Helical Robotics’ mobile robotic technology

September 18, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has announced that it has been granted an exclusive worldwide license for proprietary magnetic robotic technology from Helical Robotics® LLC, Oregon, Wis. The agreement allows Lincoln to offer what it says is the...

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Bluco's Robotic Welding Fixtures

Bluco Corp.

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Prepare your robot for short runs with Bluco's modular fixturing system for welding. If your robot comes with a simple fixed table, a headstock/tailstock, a lazy susan work changer or a ferris wheel work changer, modular fixturing brings the speed and quality of robotic welding to short run jobs.

Kuka Systems develops robotic riveting system for Boeing 777 wide-body fuselage assembly

September 16, 2014

When the Boeing 777X twin-aisle passenger jet goes into full production for its debut in 2020, each fuselage will be built using automation technology developed as part of a collaborative effort by the airplane-maker and the Kuka Systems Aerospace Group. The robotic pulse production line, known...

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Factory automation resource kit updated

September 8, 2014

Bosch Rexroth has released an update to its Advancing Factory Automation Kit, one of six educational kits in its resource kit series. It features new case studies, technical papers, and links to recently updated YouTube videos and product literature. The kit is targeted at machine builders, system...

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Marlin Steel acquires automated welding machine from Ideal Welding Systems

September 4, 2014

Baltimore-based Marlin Steel, a creator of custom wire and sheet metal forms, has installed a Versaweld CSR102-1230-3-MFDC NC jig welding system from Ideal Welding Systems. The medium-frequency automated welding machine is one of five in the world, and the only one outside of Germany, according to...

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Demco Automation named as a fastest-growing private U.S. company

September 4, 2014

Demco Automation has been recognized on the 33rd annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The Quakertown, Pa.-based company is ranked No. 4,985 with a three-year sales growth of 43 percent. Demco Automation is a supplier of flexible automated manufacturing...

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Interchangeable gripping tools add flexibility to electropneumatic loading/unloading system

September 4, 2014

Astes4 Sort (A4S) is a patented, automatic system for electropneumatic loading and unloading for use with laser, waterjet, gas, and plasma cutting systems. Complex and bulky items can be picked using two synchronized grippers that are programmed to keep the items in the proper position for...

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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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