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Interchangeable gripping tools add flexibility to electropneumatic loading/unloading system

September 4, 2014

Astes4 Sort (A4S) is a patented, automatic system for electropneumatic loading and unloading for use with laser, waterjet, gas, and plasma cutting systems. Complex and bulky items can be picked using two synchronized grippers that are programmed to keep the items in the proper position for...

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Panel PC equipped with multicore CPUs

August 28, 2014

To help boost the performance of multitouch industrial displays via an all-in-one HMI and automation device, Beckhoff Automation has released the new CP22xx series panel PC. Designed for cabinet installation, the PC combines a multitouch interface with multicore processors for automation and...

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Robots offer long and extended reaches

August 27, 2014

Yaskawa Motoman offers MH50 II series robots. Their flexible design allows them to be used for applications such as machine and press tending, material cutting and handling, coating, and dispensing. The long reach of the robot and the extended reaches of the MH50 II-35 and MH50 II-20 models...

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System tends machine tools with vision-guided robotics

August 21, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the FlexMT™, a flexible, pre-engineered system designed to load and unload machine tools using vision-guided robotics. Designed for small-batch and high-volume production, the system increases spindle utilization by up to 60 percent over manual machine tending,...

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Compact arc welding robot carries torch, wire feeder on the arm

August 19, 2014

FANUC America Corp. will demonstrate its new Arc Mate 0iB robot at FABTECH. Designed for arc welding applications, it can carry a standard welding torch and wire feeder on the arm. The high-speed robot can be used for a variety of applications and is suited to smaller shops that typically weld...

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Part transfer robot conveys 15 parts/min.

July 18, 2014

Schuler has introduced the Crossbar Robot 4.0, used to transfer parts from one stage of a press line to the next. It can remove up to four parts at a time from the die, change their orientation as necessary, and place them directly into the next die. The robot is suitable for automating...

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Automation system works with CNC presetter

June 23, 2014

Zoller Inc. offers the new roboSet automation system, which can be combined with a CNC-operated tool presetter for use in applications requiring high tooling throughput levels, such as tool manufacturing and grinding. The system loads the presetter automatically and unattended, 24 hours/day, 7...

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Welding torch designed for one or two wire electrodes, joining processes

May 27, 2014

The Wire Select torch system from SKS North America allows welding with two different filler materials on the same component in one pass and one setting. It also allows joining with two different arc-based processes, such as welding or soldering. The system serves as an alternative to systems...

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Robotic system fully integrated for internal charge waterborne painting

May 13, 2014

ABB has introduced the Compact CBS II robotic cartridge bell paint system. The fully integrated robotic system for internal charge waterborne painting reduces color change time as much as 50 percent when compared with other systems, the company says. The parallel processing — cleaning and...

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Software platform introduced to power robot

May 6, 2014

Rethink Robotics has introduced Intera 2.1, a new software platform that powers the Baxter robot to provide safe, easy-to-train automation for a variety of manufacturing and production environments. The software delivers improvements to the robot's speed, performance, flexibility, and security,...

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Miniature modular encoders suited for many motion control applications

April 10, 2014

Heidenhain offers the ERO 1200/1400 series of modular optical rotary encoders without integral bearing. The noncontact encoders are suitable for motion control use on dynamic stages and machines in the general automation and semiconductor industries, such as pick-and-place machines. They also are...

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Robotic torch system offers 360-degree rotation

March 26, 2014

The ArcSafe™ Advantage robotic torch system from American Weldquip is designed for use on all hollow-wrist robots. The system’s rotary electrical joint provides unlimited, continuous 360-degree rotation to allow for shorter rotational reorientations during weld programming. It also...

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Vision-guided technology speeds setup time

March 24, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart-camera system that helps simplify vision-guided robotics applications. Using 2-D vision guidance, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location, offering inspection, defect detection, guidance, alignment, and...

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Parts transfer system helps increase productivity on tandem press lines

March 24, 2014

ABB offers the IRB 6660FX, a flexible transfer system for medium-size parts. Suitable for use with new and existing press lines, the system comprises a dual-action unit that creates a 7-axis robot, allowing parts to be transferred rapidly along a linear path without rotation. The system also...

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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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