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Bin picker combines collaborative robot and 3-D vision technology

November 23, 2015

Blue Ocean Robotics has announced the release of the Mini-Picker for 3-D bin picking of small industrial parts. The system currently is available with the Universal Robots UR5 collaborative robot. It will be available with additional robot brands to cover a wider range of...

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Multiprocess welding kits handle joining, cutting, hardfacing

November 18, 2015

Broco® Rankin has introduced multiprocess welding kits to accompany the Rankin Automation™ multiprocess, 2-axis, automated welding machine. The kits perform multiple functions and processes from one base unit machine. A tilting-head positioner also is available. The kits can be used for a...

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RIA launches website in honor of “Father of Robotics”

November 11, 2015

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a website paying tribute to Joseph F. Engelberger, known as the “Father of Robotics.” Engelberger, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, was an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, founding the...

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Why machine monitoring matters

November 4, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Monitoring machine performance in real time is gaining traction in metal fabrication. MTConnect, a machine communication standard that has made serious headway in the machining arena, now has a toehold in the sheet metal business.

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ISA, Automation Federation designate November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month

November 2, 2015

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its affiliate, the Automation Federation, Research Triangle Park, N.C., have designated November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month. “Automation Appreciation Month is an opportunity to celebrate the value and importance of the automation...

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How to capture weld fume at the source efficiently

How to capture weld fume at the source efficiently

October 29, 2015

By: RoboVent

Everything You Need to Know about Weld Fumes Webcast Series: Part 4 Weld fumes pose health and safety dangers to workers and create budgetary pressures for plant operators. If your plant has a weld fume problem, you probably know it based on the telltale blue haze around the lights.

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North American robotics market sets new records for first nine months of 2015

October 29, 2015

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 22,427 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2015, an...

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Midwest Engineered Systems launches KUKA Robotics webpage

October 28, 2015

Midwest Engineered Systems Inc., Waukesha, Wis., an official KUKA Robotics Systems Partner since 2009, has launched a KUKA Robotics webpage. The web page at includes information about integration capabilities, photos and videos of completed systems, and case studies from past...

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Robotic welding webinar slated for Oct. 29

October 26, 2015

Robotic Industries Association (RIA) will host a one-hour webinar on Oct. 29 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT that will discuss some of the common errors and mistakes in robotic welding. To register for the webinar, visit...

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6-axis force/torque sensor offered

October 22, 2015

ATI Industrial Automation has introduced the Capacitive F/T sensor for industrial robots, pressing force control, grinding, and deburring. It is IP65-rated for protection against dust and water spray, and hard mechanical stops are implemented for overload protection. The senso’s force range...

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Yaskawa Motoman receives Special Recognition Award from Honda

October 20, 2015

Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division, an industrial robotics company based in Miamisburg, Ohio, has been selected by Honda to receive a Special Recognition Award. Honda honored the company along with other suppliers that provide indirect products and services to Honda automotive...

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Small batches, big-time automation

October 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Rapid-Line Inc., a contract manufacturer in Grand Rapids, Mich., has a long history of early technology adoption. Two years ago it became an early adopter again, this time with an entirely different kind of robot. Regardless of the technology, everyone keeps their eye on what truly matters when it comes to manufacturing efficiency: how long it takes for an order to make it to the shipping dock.

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Weld camera captures open arc welding images

October 14, 2015

Xiris Automation Inc. offers the XVC-1000e weld camera, a rugged version of the XVC-1000. The high-dynamic-range camera can capture images of open arc welds that show all features of the weld arc, its surrounding environment, and its position relative to the weld seam. Features include...

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A3 white paper links increasing robotics shipments to U.S. job growth

October 6, 2015

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Ann Arbor, Mich., has published a white paper entitled “Robots Fuel the Next Wave of U.S. Productivity and Job Growth” in which data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a variety of manufacturing firms document how and why increasing the use of...

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Central McGowan expands automation capabilities

September 30, 2015

Central McGowan Inc., a provider of robotic welding automation, has opened a 12,000-sq.-ft. automation manufacturing facility adjacent to its headquarters in St. Cloud, Minn. The staff and equipment from Pro-Fect Automation, which Central McGowan acquired earlier this year, have now moved from...

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