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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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KC Robotics hires service manager

June 9, 2014

Industrial robotic sales, service, and systems integration company KC Robotics has hired Jeff Randall at its West Chester, Ohio, location as service manager for the company’s robotic service and repair department. He is replacing Jason Jamiel, who assumes the role of account manager – outside...

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Inaugural AIM Conference showcases advances in automation, robotics

May 27, 2014

Manufacturing professionals gathered in Rosemont, Ill., on May 15 for the inaugural Automation in Manufacturing (AIM) Conference, organized by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va. Attendees immersed themselves in robotics and advanced automation, state-of-the-art...

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Yaskawa Motoman hosts facility tours for students during National Robotics Week

April 29, 2014

Robotics company Yaskawa Motoman, Dayton, Ohio, celebrated National Robotics Week by inviting student groups from local schools and universities to take facility tours, speak with automation professionals about future job opportunities, and interact with live robotics demonstrations. National...

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PHD to expand Indiana facility

April 24, 2014

PHD Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., a manufacturer and supplier of industrial automation components, has announced plans to expand operations in its Huntington, Ind., facility, creating up to 22 new jobs by 2017. The $4.18 million investment will equip the 76,000-sq.-ft. production facility with...

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Koike Aronson announces record-breaking equipment order

April 17, 2014

Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome, a manufacturer of welding positioners and cutting machines in Arcade, N.Y., has announced that it has received the biggest single order in its history: a $14 million sale to a company outside of the U.S. The order is for Ransome vertical up welding machines a Ransome...

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Baltimore light-rail vehicles to use ABB traction technology in retrofit

April 14, 2014

Power and automation technology group ABB, Cary, N.C., has obtained a contract from Alstom Transport to supply new traction converters associated with the modernized train control management system (TCMS) and new electrical control panels for the overhaul of Baltimore’s entire fleet of 53...

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Electron Beam Technologies announces executive changes

April 1, 2014

Electron Beam Technologies Inc., Kankakee, Ill., a worldwide OEM supplier of coaxial/composite welding cables and conduit systems for automation, has announced the promotion of Valgene E. Raloff to president and Bob Tokoly to CFO/COO upon the retirement of Paul Wlos. Raloff, who has been with...

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Pemamek receives welding automation award

March 31, 2014

Based on its recent analysis of the welding automation market, Frost & Sullivan, Mountain View, Calif., has recognized Pemamek Oy Ltd., Loimaa, Finland, with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year. The company, a provider of welding and production automation systems for...

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Worker Automation redesigns website

March 19, 2014

Worker Automation Inc., Covington, Ohio, a provider of custom robotic systems, has redesigned its website at The site features more photos, embedded video of cells in action, information on standard cells that can be custom-configured for different needs, details on machine...

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