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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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Gantry robots scalable to meet any application footprint

November 3, 2014

Macron Dynamics Inc. has added two new products to its T-Bot and H-Bot gantry robot product lines: the TBG-12 and the HBG-12. The small, lightweight products are designed for difficult jobs and scalable to meet any application footprint. The gantry robot lines comprise four pick-and-place linear...

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End effector tips to keep the press running

October 31, 2014


Is there room for improvement in a high-speed stamping operation? In the endless journey of continuous improvement, the answer is yes. One of the first places to focus is on the end effector tooling on the material handling automation.

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Giving a welding robot some eyes

October 22, 2014


Vision systems for a welding application usually are reserved for critical jobs associated with high costs of failure. New technology developments, however, may be introducing this technology to a new audience.

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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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The information age of automation

October 14, 2014


These days automation and efficiency are givens. Today, more executives are talking about something that, in the high-product-mix world of metal fabrication, can be incredibly complex. They're talking about information.

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Laser sensor designed for robotic arc welding

October 9, 2014

Meta Vision Systems offers the SLS ARC laser sensor for robotic arc welding applications. It is suitable for seam finding and real-time weld seam tracking in all of the typical welding processes, including high-current GMAW and FCAW. The sensor offers fully automatic image quality optimization,...

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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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Small robots offer large work envelope

October 7, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1200, a new family of small robots that feature a compact footprint and a large work envelope for material handling, machine tending, and small-parts assembly applications. The robot is designed with no offset in axis 2, delivering a longer stroke that allows...

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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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Package increases control for pulsed arc welding

September 24, 2014

Fronius has developed the PMC (pulse multi control) pulse welding package for the TPS/i GMAW power source platform. It provides the welder with access to a variety of synergic characteristics that work with the company’s latest-generation devices. Features include an improved pulse correction...

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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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Bluco's Robotic Welding Fixtures

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Prepare your robot for short runs with Bluco's modular fixturing system for welding. If your robot comes with a simple fixed table, a headstock/tailstock, a lazy susan work changer or a ferris wheel work changer, modular fixturing brings the speed and quality of robotic welding to short run jobs.

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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