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ABB Robotics Technology Day 2013 draws more than 1,000 visitors - TheFabricator.com

ABB Robotics Technology Day 2013 draws more than 1,000 visitors

June 3, 2013

ABB Robotics hosted more than 1,000 people during its annual Technology Day event May 15, 2013, at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 55,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor showcased more than 40 live robot-related demonstrations, including new technologies in...

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ANSI approves new RIA robot safety standard

May 23, 2013

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved a new U.S. national robot safety standard. Developed by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 standard has been updated for the first time since 1999 and now is harmonized with the ISO...

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Lincoln Electric receives presidential award for exports

May 23, 2013

The U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank has presented Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, with the President's "E" Award for Exports. According to the company, the award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S....

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Genesis Systems Group wins 2013 Small Business Excellence Award

May 23, 2013

Genesis Systems Group, a robotic workcell integrator in Davenport, Iowa, has received a 2013 Small Business Excellence Award in the 51-250 employees awards category from the Quad Cities business community. The company was judged on innovation, leadership, and community involvement by a panel of...

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CEO, chief technology officer leaving ABB

May 16, 2013

ABB's CEO Joe Hogan has announced his decision to leave the company for private reasons. He joined the company as CEO in September 2008. He will continue to lead the company until a successor is announced. Chief Technology Officer Prith Banerjee, who joined the company in 2012, also has announced...

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Adaptive gripper processes irregular parts

May 9, 2013

Robotiq has introduced the 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper - 200. The electric gripper has been designed for processing large, irregular parts and high changeover rates in industries such as automotive part manufacturing, foundry, metal fabrication, and heavy machinery shops. The servo gripper can be...

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Midwest Eng. Systems to offer welding systems

May 8, 2013

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and integrated systems in West Allis, Wis., has announced the expansion of technical expertise and automation systems for robotic arc welding systems and services. Terry Merrifield and Scott Cornelison, formerly of Beyond Automation Robotics...

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AccuBilt celebrates 25 years in business

May 8, 2013

AccuBilt Inc. of Jackson, Mich., marks 25 years in business in 2013. Founded in 1988, the company is a turnkey systems builder and integrator, providing design, build, installation, and support of robotic and dedicated automation systems for welding, assembly, material handling, and automation...

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Arc process monitoring system controls weld pool conditions remotely

May 8, 2013

Spark-Robo is a new arc process viewing and monitoring system produced by Servo-Robot. It includes dual digital color video technology for weld pool and global process area viewing and control combined with laser vision. This system is applicable to arc processes that require precise remote...

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Robotic welding cells come ready to weld - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding cells come ready to weld

April 25, 2013

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Swift Arc series of pre-engineered robotic welding cells. Three models — AL (angle-load), FL (front-load), and SL (side-load) — are available, delivered ready to weld. Standard features include the power source and wire feeder,...

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Kuka Systems acquires Utica Companies

April 24, 2013

Kuka Systems Group, Augsburg, Germany, has acquired the plant engineering business of privately owned Utica Companies of Shelby Township, Mich., a welding equipment supplier to the automobile industry. About 300 Utica employees have joined Kuka Systems. No jobs were eliminated. Kuka Systems North...

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Torch cleaning system integrates into any robotic welding cell - TheFabricator.com

Torch cleaning system integrates into any robotic welding cell

April 24, 2013

Fronius Intl. GmbH has released the Robacta TC 2000 torch cleaning system. Available for nearly any torch geometry, the touchless system can be integrated into any existing robotic welding cell. Spatter buildup is removed electromagnetically with its dual magnet coils. The contact tip, front,...

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Reamer updated to help simplify maintenance - TheFabricator.com

Reamer updated to help simplify maintenance

April 24, 2013

Tregaskiss has introduced the TOUGH GUN™ Reamer TT3 series. According to the company, the reamer helps extend the life of robotic GMAW guns and consumables. The unit features a new sprayer reservoir location on the opposite side of the unit (compared to previous models) to safeguard...

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Digitizing press automation - TheFabricator.com

Digitizing press automation

April 22, 2013

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Simulating press line automation can eliminate many headaches and solve problems before the physical integration process. But that simulation needs an accurate CAD file showing the placement of all press line components. Here, 3-D digital scanning technology fills a need.

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Automated system helps manufacturer’s reshoring efforts - TheFabricator.com

Automated system helps manufacturer’s reshoring efforts

April 19, 2013

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When Oddello Industries, a supplier of fabricated assemblies to OEMs in a variety of markets, was invited to bid on a contract for a high-end adjustable mattress foundation, it searched for a piercing machine and a cutting machine that could handle the tubular portion of the project. It combined the two machines into a single integrated unit that processes more than 15 miles of tube per day.

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