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Yaskawa America acquires Agile Planet

June 25, 2013

The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc., a provider of robotic products for industrial applications in Miamisburg, Ohio, has acquired all outstanding shares of Agile Planet Inc., an Austin, Texas-based developer of software and hardware products designed to help improve the efficiency...

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ABB names CEO

June 20, 2013

The board of ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies based in Zurich, has appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer, the head of its Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division since 2009, as CEO. He will succeed Joe Hogan in this role in a transition on Sept. 15. Hogan will continue with ABB for...

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Miller Electric introduces robotic welding cell rental program

June 13, 2013

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has introduced a new robotic welding cell rental program designed to help reduce the risk for companies that are interested in trying robotic welding technology. The program also is suitable for companies that receive contract work for short runs of parts...

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Piab announces staffing changes

June 13, 2013

Piab America, Hingham, Mass., has appointed Mike Dickson as regional director-Americas. He previously spent 21 years at Danaher, most recently as vice president, global sales and outbound marketing at Kollmorgen's Vehicle Systems business. Dickson takes over for Chuck Weilbrenner, former regional...

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ABB Robotics Technology Day 2013 draws more than 1,000 visitors - TheFabricator.com

ABB Robotics Technology Day 2013 draws more than 1,000 visitors

June 3, 2013

ABB Robotics hosted more than 1,000 people during its annual Technology Day event May 15, 2013, at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 55,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor showcased more than 40 live robot-related demonstrations, including new technologies in...

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ANSI approves new RIA robot safety standard

May 23, 2013

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved a new U.S. national robot safety standard. Developed by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 standard has been updated for the first time since 1999 and now is harmonized with the ISO...

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Lincoln Electric receives presidential award for exports

May 23, 2013

The U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank has presented Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, with the President's "E" Award for Exports. According to the company, the award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S....

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Genesis Systems Group wins 2013 Small Business Excellence Award

May 23, 2013

Genesis Systems Group, a robotic workcell integrator in Davenport, Iowa, has received a 2013 Small Business Excellence Award in the 51-250 employees awards category from the Quad Cities business community. The company was judged on innovation, leadership, and community involvement by a panel of...

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CEO, chief technology officer leaving ABB

May 16, 2013

ABB's CEO Joe Hogan has announced his decision to leave the company for private reasons. He joined the company as CEO in September 2008. He will continue to lead the company until a successor is announced. Chief Technology Officer Prith Banerjee, who joined the company in 2012, also has announced...

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Midwest Eng. Systems to offer welding systems

May 8, 2013

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and integrated systems in West Allis, Wis., has announced the expansion of technical expertise and automation systems for robotic arc welding systems and services. Terry Merrifield and Scott Cornelison, formerly of Beyond Automation Robotics...

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AccuBilt celebrates 25 years in business

May 8, 2013

AccuBilt Inc. of Jackson, Mich., marks 25 years in business in 2013. Founded in 1988, the company is a turnkey systems builder and integrator, providing design, build, installation, and support of robotic and dedicated automation systems for welding, assembly, material handling, and automation...

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Kuka Systems acquires Utica Companies

April 24, 2013

Kuka Systems Group, Augsburg, Germany, has acquired the plant engineering business of privately owned Utica Companies of Shelby Township, Mich., a welding equipment supplier to the automobile industry. About 300 Utica employees have joined Kuka Systems. No jobs were eliminated. Kuka Systems North...

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Factory Automation Systems becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator

April 18, 2013

Factory Automation Systems, Atlanta, has received the Certified Robot Integrator designation from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. "In order to become certified, integrators go through a rigorous process which includes an on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on...

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Wolf Robotics establishes new website

April 9, 2013

Wolf Robotics has announced the launch of a new website at www.wolfrobotics.com. New features of the redesigned website include iPad®, tablet, and smartphone compatibility; a campaign section with company news, advertising campaigns, and tradeshow updates; and an automation assessment survey to...

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ATI Industrial Automation launches new website

March 28, 2013

ATI Industrial Automation, a developer of robotic peripheral equipment in Apex, N.C., has established a new website at www.ati-ia.com. It offers streamlined navigation through information about the company and its products, including automatic tool changers, multiaxis force/torque sensing systems,...

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