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Kuka opens new aerospace facility in France

April 10, 2015

Kuka Systems Aerospace has opened a new R&D and production facility for advanced automation systems in Le Haillan, France. The plant manufactures multifunction end effectors for robotic processes used in aircraft assembly. The company acquired the French operation Alema Automation, a...

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Wolf Robotics hosts Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper

April 8, 2015

Gov. John Hickenlooper toured Wolf Robotics, Fort Collins, Colo., on March 19, 2015. He was accompanied by Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat, City Manager Darin Atteberry, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Fiona Arnold, and Industry...

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igus to demonstrate products at Rhode Island Robot Block Party on April 11

April 2, 2015

East Providence, R.I.-based igus, a provider of motion plastics and founder of the Young Engineers Support program, will wrap up National Robotics Week with an educational celebration at the 2nd annual Robot Block Party, April 11 at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center, from 12:00 to 4:00...

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Schuler’s Crossbar Robot 4.0 receives Red Dot Award for product design

March 30, 2015

Göppingen, Germany-based press manufacturer Schuler has received the Red Dot Award in the Industry, Machines, and Robot Technology category. An international jury of experts chose the robot out of more than 4,900 entries. The robot transfers parts from one stage of a press line to the next. It...

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Yaskawa Electric partners with Argo Medical Technologies Ltd.

March 25, 2015

In an effort to accelerate the development of its service robotics business in the robotics human assist field, Yaskawa Electric Corp., a provider of core technologies focused on motion control, robotics, and system engineering in Kitakyushu, Japan, has formed a strategic alliance with Argo Medical...

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Transition to welding robotics inevitable across industries globally, says study

March 16, 2015

Modernization needs in the competitive global market and the rising emphasis on energy efficiency are steering industries toward automation. This trend is driving the uptake of welding robots over manual welding methods. While demand from the automotive and transportation industry will be robust,...

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Evana Automation ships robotic material handling system to medical device manufacturer

March 16, 2015

Evansville, Ind.-based Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, has shipped a robotic material handling system to a medical device manufacturer. The system transports wire-shaping fixtures to one of several heat-treat furnaces, a...

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ABB to expand in Tennessee

March 4, 2015

Power and automation technology provider ABB will invest $30 million in building a new manufacturing site and expanding its customer experience center for its Low Voltage Products division in the Memphis, Tenn., area. The investment will initially create more than 200 jobs, with 100 more jobs...

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Automation ROI webinar scheduled for March 5

February 24, 2015

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will host a webinar entitled “How to Evaluate the ROI on Automation” on March 5, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST. There are many ways to calculate return on investment when purchasing automation and capital goods. While the initial...

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DeWys Mfg. creates customized robotic weld cell

February 18, 2015

Precision metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc. has built and assembled Megatron, a new large weldment cell, at its facility in Marne, Mich. This robotic weld cell includes a FANUC ARCmate 120ic robot; a custom-built, CNC, H-type cam indexer-driven positioner; and a Lincoln Electric Power Wave i400...

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ABB Robotics announces customer certification program

February 11, 2015

ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., has developed a customer certification program that allows customers to take classes to become a certified robot maintenance technician and/or a certified robot programmer. Instruction, hands-on training, and qualification assessments are conducted at each of the...

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Wolf Robotics joins collaboration to advance computer-aided robotics for welding

February 9, 2015

Wolf Robotics LLC, Fort Collins, Colo., has announced its participation in a collaboration of industry leaders working with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to make advancements in the area of computer-aided robotics for welding (CAR-W). CAR-W is a software technology that strives...

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North American robotics market has strongest year ever in 2014

February 6, 2015

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2014, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 27,685 robots valued at $1.6 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2014, an increase of 28 percent in units and 19 percent...

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Yaskawa Motoman announces partnerships with teams for Amazon Picking Challenge

February 5, 2015

Dayton, Ohio-based Yaskawa Motoman has selected Rutgers University’s PRACSYS Lab, The University of Texas Nuclear Robotics Group (NRG), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Autonomous Robotic Collaboration Lab (ARC) to receive a Motoman® dual-arm robot, which will be deployed for the Amazon...

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Industrial robots global study: China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

January 28, 2015

By 2017 more industrial robots will be operating in China's production plants than in the European Union or North America. Operating unit numbers there will double from today's 200,000 to more than 400,000, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Frankfurt, Germany, in its 2014...

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