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A3 reports best opening half for robotics

According to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the North American robotics market had its best opening half ever to begin 2017, setting new records in order units, order revenue, shipment units and shipment revenue. In total, 19,331 robots valued at approximately $1.031 billion were sold in North America during the first half of 2017,… Continued

Abicor Binzel names district sales manager

Abicor - Andy Schuk

Abicor Binzel announced a new sales territory in the Midwest and Andy Schuk as the new district sales manager. Schuk’s district will stretch from the Chicago region to Wisconsin and western Michigan. He has more than 30 years of experience as a welding industry professional with positions at Bohler Welding, ESAB, Red-D-Arc and AirGas. Schuk… Continued

Yaskawa Motoman appoints VP of sales and marketing

Yaskawa - Doug Burnside

Yaskawa Motoman named Doug Burnside vice president of North American sales and marketing. Burnside will be responsible for establishing and executing strategic business direction to drive growth in the North American market as well as leadership for all sales and marketing activities. Joining Yaskawa Motoman in 2005, Burnside was previously vice president of customer satisfaction… Continued

Amada Miyachi develops laser welding center

Amada Miyachi America Inc. announced a new conveyorized laser processing center for laser welding and laser marking. The unit features an integrated flexible modular conveyor for maximum assembly flexibility. The center’s motion features a four-position conveyor and Z-axis with galvo head along with Delta Tau motion controls. Height sensors account for part and fixture variation.… Continued

Blackbird introduces scan solution for weld seams

Blackbird

Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH offers a new scan solution prototype with integrated distance sensor. The system detects and measures 3-D laser weld seam topographies in high resolution. It has integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based edge tracking and seam topology measurement. In contrast to other sensors or measurement methods, this OCT-based distance measuring offers full flexibility by… Continued

Rockford Systems offers finger sensing probe

Rockford Detect a Finger

Rockford Systems LLC’s Detect-A-Finger drop-probe device prevents welders and other small machines from cycling if it encounters fingers in the point-of-operation area. When an operator initiates a machine cycle, the sensing probe is released, ensuring that safeguarding cannot be deactivated or overlooked. If the probe detects more than the expected material thickness, it halts the… Continued

Victor offers field-repairable torch

ESAB

  Victor, an ESAB brand, introduced the Victor Plus Torch, a heavy-duty, high-capacity combination torch. The WH 315FC+ handle incorporates built-in flashback arrestors and reverse-flow check valves, but its design enables higher gas flow capacity. It can run up to a size #15 MFA heating nozzle where the standard 315 handle can run up to… Continued

Walter’s weld cleaning system

Walter Surface Technologies Inc. launched the Surfox 205 and Surfox Mini TIG and spot weld cleaning systems. The Surfox 205 uses an electrochemical process to clean and passivate spot and TIG welds on stainless steel, aluminum and titanium. The machine replaces manual operations, such as mechanical abrasion or hazardous solutions like pickling paste. The Surfox… Continued

Miller announces all-in-one machine

Miller Bobcat 200

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. introduced the Bobcat 200 Air Pak, an all-in-one payload-saving machine that offers compressed air, generator power, battery charging/crank assist and stick welding capabilities – all while the work truck’s engine is turned off. The machine delivers compressed air at 28 cfm to efficiently power tools. It can operate truck-mounted electric/hydraulic cranes with… Continued

American Weldquip introduces cool grip torch

Weldquip Cool Grip

American Weldquip’s new Cool-Grip semi-automatic MIG welding torch increases welder comfort levels by providing relief from high temperatures in the handle when welding in higher heat applications. This allows for cooler operation by inhibiting the transfer of heat that is generated at the welding arc and pulled back into the handle area by way of… Continued

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