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Genesis Systems Group earns AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification

December 15, 2015

Robotic systems integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced its AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification. The quality management system is applicable to the company’s design, manufacture, and service of robotic automated equipment for use in agricultural, aviation, space,...

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Hawk Technology develops leadership team

December 7, 2015

Hawk Technology Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of tooling, fixtures, robotics integration systems, and vision inspection systems in Rock Island, Ill., has announced the development of a leadership team, resulting in several promotions. Josh Clare, previous president/CEO, has taken on the...

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Robotics pioneer Joseph F. Engelberger dies at age 90

December 2, 2015

Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died Dec. 1, 2015, in Newtown, Conn. Widely known as the “Father of Robotics” and creator of the world’s first industrial robot, Engelberger revolutionized modern industrial and automotive manufacturing...

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Virtual system helps students learn robotics skills

December 2, 2015

MotoSim® Touch from Yaskawa Motoman is a PC-based, off-line programming environment and robotics simulation tool for schools, training organizations, and educational research institutions. It provides instructors and students with a fully functional production environment for Yaskawa industrial...

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High-payload robot designed for short cycle times

December 1, 2015

ABB has introduced the IRB 8700, its highest-payload, multipurpose industrial robot. It has a reach of 11.5 ft. and can handle a payload of up to 1,763 lbs. (1.1 tons with the wrist down; 1,389 lbs. with LeanID). The robot is targeted for material handling applications in the automotive and...

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Compact welding workcell designed for job shop market

November 24, 2015

Featuring one station with a welding table suitable for customized part fixtures in a compact footprint, the ArcWorld® C-30 workcell from Yaskawa Motoman is designed for welding small to medium-size parts typically found in job shop applications. The workcell offers all the components needed...

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Yaskawa Motoman announces staff changes

November 24, 2015

Dayton, Ohio-based Yaskawa Motoman has announced several key organizational changes. Scott Jenkins has joined the company as vice president of North American sales and marketing. He has nearly three decades of experience in industrial manufacturing and distribution. Jenkins formerly served...

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Bin picker combines collaborative robot and 3-D vision technology

November 23, 2015

Blue Ocean Robotics has announced the release of the Mini-Picker for 3-D bin picking of small industrial parts. The system currently is available with the Universal Robots UR5 collaborative robot. It will be available with additional robot brands to cover a wider range of...

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Multiprocess welding kits handle joining, cutting, hardfacing

November 18, 2015

Broco® Rankin has introduced multiprocess welding kits to accompany the Rankin Automation™ multiprocess, 2-axis, automated welding machine. The kits perform multiple functions and processes from one base unit machine. A tilting-head positioner also is available. The kits can be used for a...

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RIA launches website in honor of “Father of Robotics”

November 11, 2015

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a website paying tribute to Joseph F. Engelberger, known as the “Father of Robotics.” Engelberger, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, was an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, founding the...

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Facility-wide fume capture and ventilation

Facility-wide fume capture and ventilation

November 4, 2015

By: RoboVent

Everything You Need to Know about Weld Fumes Webcast Series: Part 5 Weld fumes pose health and safety dangers to workers and create budgetary pressures for plant operators. If your plant has a weld fume problem, you probably know it based on the telltale blue haze around the lights.

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Why machine monitoring matters

November 4, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Monitoring machine performance in real time is gaining traction in metal fabrication. MTConnect, a machine communication standard that has made serious headway in the machining arena, now has a toehold in the sheet metal business.

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ISA, Automation Federation designate November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month

November 2, 2015

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its affiliate, the Automation Federation, Research Triangle Park, N.C., have designated November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month. “Automation Appreciation Month is an opportunity to celebrate the value and importance of the automation...

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How to capture weld fume at the source efficiently

How to capture weld fume at the source efficiently

October 29, 2015

By: RoboVent

Everything You Need to Know about Weld Fumes Webcast Series: Part 4 Weld fumes pose health and safety dangers to workers and create budgetary pressures for plant operators. If your plant has a weld fume problem, you probably know it based on the telltale blue haze around the lights.

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North American robotics market sets new records for first nine months of 2015

October 29, 2015

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 22,427 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2015, an...

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