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Midwest Eng. Systems Inc. represented by On Point Solutions

February 11, 2014

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc., a provider of automation/robotic metal fabrication systems in Pewaukee, Wis., has named On Point Solutions, Port Washington, Wis., as a representative. On Point Solutions provides equipment and systems for OEM and job shop metal...

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Single-cable system for servo drive reduces hardware requirements

February 11, 2014

All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With HMC 6, the Hybrid Motor Cable Project, Heidenhain has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical...

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RIA to host collaborative robots workshop April 16

February 6, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will hold a Collaborative Robots Workshop on Wednesday, April 16, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Collaborative robots are robots that work side-by-side with humans. Dr. Henrik Christensen of Georgia Tech will give the...

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Robotic welding issues and challenges

February 3, 2014

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Thanks to intuitive teaching, which eliminates the need for highly skilled programmers and saves valuable job setup time, robots now are making inroads in small job shops.

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Güdel Inc. returns robot-track manufacturing to U.S.

January 31, 2014

Güdel Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has announced that it has transitioned all manufacturing of its third-generation robot tracks for domestic markets to its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. While some initial Trackmotion Floor (TMF) modules were fabricated and...

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Micro robotic tool changer provides flexibility for extremely light payloads

January 29, 2014

The QC-001 micro robotic tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation is suitable for high-speed "spider" or parallel-link robots. The compact, 4.3-oz. tool changer allows for multiple assembly, dispensing, sorting, and material handling operations to be performed by one robot. The tool changer...

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Schenke Tool adds second robotic welder

January 23, 2014

Schenke Tool Co., Paradise, Pa., has installed its second robotic welding machine — a Yaskawa Motoman ArcWorld system. According to the company, the machine is suitable for small to medium-sized parts produced at medium to high volumes. Dual independent workstations allow operators to load...

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Robot's curved upper arm handles variety of applications

January 14, 2014

The new 6-axis MH12 robot from Yaskawa Motoman is suitable for assembly, dispensing, material handling, machine tending, and packaging applications. Its new curved upper arm allows a reach of 56.7 in. The patented double-yoke design also offers additional strength if the robot crashes because...

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Association for Advancing Automation's new website presents automation success stories

January 9, 2014

The Association for Advancing Automation, Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a new blog-based website, www.a3automate.org, to promote the use of automation. The site features blog posts that cover automation strategies and stories of businesses that are competing successfully in today’s global...

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Transfer system adds to high-speed press automation

January 9, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the Twin Robot Xbar (TRX), a robot-based system for loading and unloading presses without the need for press modification. Output is rated up to 16 parts/min. for big panels in tandem press lines. The system can be retrofitted to existing press lines. Using two...

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Genesis Systems Group expands, adds jobs

January 7, 2014

Genesis Systems Group has announced a $4.6 million capital investment in a 61,000-sq.-ft. building in Davenport, Iowa. The expansion will allow the company to implement lean manufacturing processes and produce many of its subassemblies internally. The expansion will add nine jobs immediately,...

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Education package provides robotic course curriculum, hands-on training to schools

January 7, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the SMART (software, maintenance and robotics training) Education Package, available to qualifying schools to help educate and provide hands-on training to students on the basics of manufacturing automation technology and the programming, safe operation, and maintenance...

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Yaskawa Motoman employee receives 2013 AWS arc welding award

January 6, 2014

Robotics company Yaskawa Motoman, Dayton, Ohio, has announced that Chris Anderson, welding product marketing manager, has received the 2013 Excellence in Robotic and Automated Arc Welding Award (ERAAW) from the American Welding Society (AWS), Doral, Fla. The award recognizes individual...

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FANUC merges all operations in the Americas into single corporation

December 16, 2013

FANUC has officially merged all of its operations in the Americas into a single company: FANUC America Corp. The new company, with headquarters in Rochester Hills, Mich., has 22 locations supplying robots, CNC machines, and factory automation systems. Rick Schneider, previously president of FANUC...

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Vision-guided technology designed for robotics applications - TheFabricator.com

Vision-guided technology designed for robotics applications

December 12, 2013

ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart camera system for 2-D vision-guided robotics applications. Powered by Cognex, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location. According to the manufacturer, the result is robust inspection, defect...

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