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ABB board nominates new chairman

December 18, 2014

The ABB board of directors has unanimously nominated Peter Voser to succeed Hubertus von Grünberg as chairman. Grünberg and Michael Treschow, chairman of the Governance and Nomination Committee, have decided not to stand for re-election to the board. David Constable will stand for election,...

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Industrial robotics market expected to exceed $40 billion by 2020

December 15, 2014

The global industrial robotics market is expected to exceed $40 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc., San Francisco. Increased demand from the automotive industry, coupled with growing labor costs, has encouraged industrial robots’ deployment in manufacturing....

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Beckhoff North America names president

December 10, 2014

Automation system provider Beckhoff Automation has announced that Aurelio Banda will become president of North American operations at Beckhoff Automation LLC, Savage, Minn., effective Jan. 1. The subsidiary’s current president, Graham Harris, will assume a regional management role as part of a...

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Klingspor installs Baxter robot in packaging line

December 5, 2014

Klingspor Abrasives, Hickory, N.C., has integrated a Baxter collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics, Boston, into its packaging line. Operating as part of a high-volume operation, the robot packages sanding discs into boxes and puts the boxes into trays for shipment. Previously the company...

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FANUC named as Forbes top global innovator for fourth consecutive year

November 5, 2014

FANUC Corp., a manufacturer of CNCs and robots in Rochester Hills, Mich., has been named one of the top 100 innovative companies in the world for the fourth consecutive year by Forbes®. The 2014 World's Most Innovative Companies list recognizes corporations that are most likely to be...

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Murata Machinery USA marks 40 years in business

October 16, 2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based Murata Machinery USA Inc., a provider of high-production machine tools and industrial automation, celebrates its 40th year in business in 2014. The firm offers sales, service, and support of the Muratec brand in North America. The company, a subsidiary of Murata Machinery...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Easom Automation Systems

October 7, 2014

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has acquired Easom Automation Systems Inc., Detroit. Easom is a privately held integrator and manufacturer of automation and positioning systems serving heavy fabrication, aerospace, and automotive OEMs and...

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Report predicts growth in advanced robotics for manufacturing

October 1, 2014

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory, and trainability, industrial manufacturers are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage, according to a report released by PwC US in...

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RIA webinar will cover intermediate robotic welding

September 23, 2014

Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a webinar on intermediate robotic welding on Sept. 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT. Concepts of resistance spot welding and arc welding will be presented. A robot may weld a preprogrammed position, be guided by machine vision,...

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Lincoln Electric licenses Helical Robotics’ mobile robotic technology

September 18, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has announced that it has been granted an exclusive worldwide license for proprietary magnetic robotic technology from Helical Robotics® LLC, Oregon, Wis. The agreement allows Lincoln to offer what it says is the...

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Kuka Systems develops robotic riveting system for Boeing 777 wide-body fuselage assembly

September 16, 2014

When the Boeing 777X twin-aisle passenger jet goes into full production for its debut in 2020, each fuselage will be built using automation technology developed as part of a collaborative effort by the airplane-maker and the Kuka Systems Aerospace Group. The robotic pulse production line, known...

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Marlin Steel acquires automated welding machine from Ideal Welding Systems

September 4, 2014

Baltimore-based Marlin Steel, a creator of custom wire and sheet metal forms, has installed a Versaweld CSR102-1230-3-MFDC NC jig welding system from Ideal Welding Systems. The medium-frequency automated welding machine is one of five in the world, and the only one outside of Germany, according to...

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Demco Automation named as a fastest-growing private U.S. company

September 4, 2014

Demco Automation has been recognized on the 33rd annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The Quakertown, Pa.-based company is ranked No. 4,985 with a three-year sales growth of 43 percent. Demco Automation is a supplier of flexible automated manufacturing...

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ABB marks 125 years in Finland

September 2, 2014

ABB marks its 125th anniversary in Finland. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Strömberg, ABB Finland provides power transmission and distribution systems, building technology, sustainable transportation, renewable power, and industrial automation and marine systems....

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Heidenhain hires product specialist for automation division

August 26, 2014

Heidenhain Corp., Schaumburg, Ill., has hired Jonathan Dougherty as the North American product specialist, automation division. He is responsible for automation product support, including the company’s rotary encoders, slip rings, and resolvers. The company markets such products from not only the...

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