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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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Adaptive robot gripper features wide stroke

September 29, 2015

Robotiq has released the 2-Finger 140 adaptive robot gripper, a large-stroke electric gripper with advanced control features. This gripper allows a robot to pick a variety of objects with a single, programmable tool. It is suitable for high-mix pick-and-place applications in industries such as...

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QComp Technologies celebrates 25th anniversary

September 15, 2015

QComp Technologies Inc., Greenville, Wis., marks its 25th year in business in 2015. The automation integrator, founded in 1990 by Tom Doyle, specializes in material handling automation systems. In 1997 the company earned Certified Global Partner status with ABB Robotics. In 2010 the firm...

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AIM, Overton announce strategic partnership

September 15, 2015

Automated Industrial Machinery (AIM) Inc., an Addison, Ill.-based supplier of CNC wire bending machinery, and Overton Industries, a provider of press systems and tube forming equipment in Franklin, Ind., have announced a strategic partnership focused on cell automation. This partnership combines...

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Kuka tooling, automation being used to assemble newest Gulfstream aircraft

September 9, 2015

Kuka Systems Aerospace, Sterling Heights, Mich., is providing Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. with assembly fixtures and mobile robot platforms to help assemble wings and other parts for the company’s newest corporate jets. The jet manufacturer has ordered tooling from the aerospace group for the...

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Metal fabrication, automation, and the big picture

September 8, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Ludlow Manufacturing Inc.’s managers are big believers in automation, but they’re not just interested in shortening machine cycle times. They look at the big picture, from the first order to the final shipment.

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Power source supports robot-assisted welding

August 24, 2015

Fronius has introduced the TPS/i Robotics power source, designed for robot-assisted welding. Featuring interconnected and fully synchronized system components, the power source enables robotic welding to be performed with speed and a high degree of reproducibility. The modified dip transfer arc...

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