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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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Yaskawa Motoman celebrates 25th anniversary

August 19, 2014

The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc. (Yaskawa Motoman), Miamisburg, Ohio, marks its 25th year in business in August. The company, previously known as Motoman Inc., was formally incorporated on July 18, 1989, as a 50/50 joint venture between Hobart Brothers Co. and Yaskawa Electric...

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Aug. 28 webinar to address robotic assembly techniques

August 19, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a webinar on Aug. 28 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT. It will describe intermediate techniques in assembling products with robots. Efficiency concepts such as sequential, parallel, and combinatorial assembly will be described. The...

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Kuka Aerospace to open Washington facility

August 12, 2014

Kuka Aerospace, Sterling Heights, Mich., a provider of automated manufacturing systems for aircraft manufacturing and assembly, will open its first U.S. facility outside of Michigan in Everett, Wash. The 29,000-sq.-ft. center will provide a service and maintenance hub close to customers on the West...

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Genesis Systems opens facility in Iowa

August 11, 2014

Genesis Systems Group, a manufacturer of welding, cutting, and assembly robots, has opened a second plant in Davenport, Iowa, adding 61,000 sq. ft. of factory and office space. The $4.6 million expansion also includes laser cutting and fabrication equipment. The new plant handles standard...

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Applied Robotics names president/interim CEO

August 8, 2014

Glenville, N.Y.-based Applied Robotics Inc., a global manufacturer of robotic end-of-arm tooling and connectivity systems, has appointed John Serfilippi as president and interim CEO upon the retirement of Michael F. Quinn, PE. Serfilippi has more than 30 years of corporate experience, including...

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Messer Cutting Systems names new president/CEO

July 30, 2014

Thermal cutting gantry machine manufacturer Messer Cutting Systems Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis., has appointed Bill Heller as president and CEO, effective Sept. 1. For the past five years, he has held the position of technology products sales manager for laser machines. Heller graduated from...

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North American robotics market sets new record in first half of 2014

July 29, 2014

Fueled by strong demand from manufacturing companies in all sectors, the North American robotics industry is off to its fastest start ever in 2014, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A record 14,135 robots valued at $788 million were...

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Robot systems integration webinar scheduled for July 24

July 10, 2014

Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will host a webinar entitled “Best Practices for Robot Integrators—Advanced” on July 24. The webinar, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT, will explain all the phases of a complete systems integration cycle, discuss the technical and...

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RIA launches redesigned website

July 9, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has redesigned its Robotics Online website at The site has been updated extensively with a new look and navigation capabilities. The search function has been enhanced, and a “browse by” function allows users to...

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Agile Planet changes name to Yaskawa Innovation

June 23, 2014

Agile Planet Inc., Dayton, Ohio, a developer of software and hardware for industrial robots, has changed its name to Yaskawa Innovation. Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division (Yaskawa Motoman) acquired all outstanding shares of Agile Planet Inc. in June 2013. Yaskawa Innovation moved...

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Yaskawa Motoman opens new facility in Mexico

June 12, 2014

Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division has announced the opening of its third facility in Mexico. The 5,000-sq.-ft. facility, located in Queretaro, employs six people, which the plan to expand the employee base as the company expands its operations. The office is used for sales,...

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Messer Cutting Systems appoints president/CEO

June 10, 2014

Thermal cutting gantry machine manufacturer Messer Cutting Systems Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis., has appointed Bill Heller as president and CEO, effective September 2014. He replaces Gary Norville, acting president and CEO, who will retire in August. Norville has been with the company for 32...

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