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Lincoln Electric to acquire Robolution GMBH

November 18, 2013

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Robolution GmbH, a leading European provider of robotic arc welding systems. Based outside of Frankfurt, Germany, the company serves a number of leading automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers....

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PHD adds Industries section to website

November 18, 2013

PHD Inc., a manufacturer of actuators for industrial automation, has introduced a new section on its website at The site now offers visitors the ability to learn how the company's automation products are typically used in specific manufacturing and industrial industries. The new...

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Lincoln Electric acquires an interest in Burlington Automation

November 18, 2013

Lincoln Electric has announced that it has acquired an interest in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada-based Burlington Automation, a provider of 3-D robotic plasma cutting systems. Burlington serves the structural steel, construction, oil and gas, and general fabrication markets in North America. The...

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Genesis Systems Group names Translift Systems as distributor

November 7, 2013

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has completed a distribution and sales representation agreement with Translift Systems, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. The distributor will offer Genesis Systems Group's GMAW, spot welding, laser welding, robotic adhesive, and...

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Extended-arm models added to robot line

November 7, 2013

TM Robotics (Americas) Inc. has added three models with extended arm lengths to its line of lightweight SCARA robots. The THL800, THL900, and THL1000 have arm lengths of 800 mm, 900 mm, and 1,000 mm, respectively, moving payloads up to 22 lbs. over a long distance. All models are equipped with...

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The evolution of precision robotics -

The evolution of precision robotics

November 6, 2013


Robotics can tackle more precision applications than ever before, thanks to better manufacturing techniques for the robot arms themselves, as well as software that has made robots more intelligent.

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Robotic welding system designed for education, training

November 5, 2013

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Swift Arc™ ML (mobile learning) system, a pre-engineered, fully contained robotic welding system for education and training. The system is designed to demonstrate, develop, and teach proper welding techniques, robot programming, and...

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Kent Corp. installs coil end welding machine for European oil and gas company

November 4, 2013

Kent Corp., North Royalton, Ohio, has installed a 45-degree bias coil end welding machine for a multinational oil and gas company. This new machine allows for the strip end shearing, shear end alignment, and welding of flat strip coil ends on a 45-degree cutting angle. Because of the extreme...

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ATI Industrial Automation breaks ground on expansion -

ATI Industrial Automation breaks ground on expansion

October 23, 2013

ATI Industrial Automation, a producer of robot accessories and robot arm tooling, has begun an expansion of its corporate headquarters in Apex, N.C. The expansion will add 200 new jobs and more than double the robotics tool manufacturing operations to 129,000 sq. ft. The second phase of the...

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Kuka Systems acquires Utica Companies' plant engineering business

October 16, 2013

Kuka Systems Group, Sterling Heights, Mich., has acquired the plant engineering business of privately owned Utica Companies of Shelby Township, Mich., a welding equipment specialist and supplier to the automobile industry. Kuka Systems is a provider of production line automation, flexible...

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Product lets welders hand-guide robotic welding machine -

Product lets welders hand-guide robotic welding machine

October 11, 2013

Robotiq, in partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, has released Kinetiq Teaching™, a new product that allows operators to task robotic welding machines without requiring in-depth programming knowledge. The product enables operators to move the robotic welding machine with their hands and...

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RIA to present robotic welding webinar

October 9, 2013

Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a webinar titled "Advanced Welding Techniques" on Oct. 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT. Beyond the basic concepts of resistance spot welding and arc welding, the webinar will explore trends such as laser, plasma, and hybrid welding. The...

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Applications added to interactive production robot software

October 8, 2013

Rethink Robotics has released version 2.0 of the software for its interactive production robot, Baxter. With the new software, the robot can pick and place parts at any axis, allowing for picking objects off a shelf or loading machines in a horizontal motion. The software also allows the...

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Patriot Automation CNC becomes Yaskawa Motoman strategic partner

October 7, 2013

Patriot Automation CNC Inc., Daphne, Ala., has added the Yaskawa Motoman line of robots and related products. The company offers XY-axis cutting tables; plasma marking, welding, and cutting systems; robotic and fixed GMAW systems; waterjet machines; laser systems; automated oxyfuel equipment;...

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TM Robotics Americas to replace Toshiba Machine Co. division

October 2, 2013

Toshiba Machine Co. America, Control Systems Division has transferred all robotic and control business to TM Robotics Americas. The objective is to provide customers with a greater depth of technical support, both pre- and postsale. The Control Systems Division has had a strong presence in the...

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