Robotics boasts strongest Q1 on record

kuka robotics

North American robotics companies posted the strongest ever first-quarter results, according to the Robotic Industries Association. A total of 9,773 robots valued at approximately $516 million were ordered from North American robotics companies during the first quarter of 2017, representing a growth of 32 percent in units over the same period in 2016. A total… Continued

RoboVent makes two staff appointments

  RoboVent announced Greg Plate has been named production manager. Plate has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing management, including implementation of lean manufacturing processes. He will be overseeing the manufacturing operations in Sterling Heights, Mich., including equipment assembly and filter production. Brad Williams was appointed field solution sales director. Williams will cover… Continued

Miller announces We Build contest


Miller Electric Mfg. Co. announced its #whyiweldcontest as part of its 2017 We Build campaign, which recognizes the many ways that welding makes the world a better place. Through June 30, participants can enter the giveaway by publicly socially sharing a story, photo or video with the hashtag #whyiweldcontest. From July 21 through Aug. 4,… Continued

Bug-O Systems to be spotlighted on Manufacturing Marvels® aired on Fox Business Network®

Bug-O Systems will be showcased in a production of Manufacturing Marvels® on May 5th in the 8:30-8:45 p.m. time period CST on the Fox Business Network. As a global pioneer in automated welding, Bug-O Systems’ segment will explain their dedication in creating products for industrial welding and cutting. A family owned American manufacturer since 1948,… Continued

Rockford System offers new emergency stop

Rockford E-Stop

Rockford Systems LLC introduced a new CLM510 cable and push-button E-stop (emergency stop) assembly featuring a unique cam operation for faster positive stopping of metalworking machines. The assembly is immune to nuisance tripping due to vibrations. It is also effective as an awareness barrier on the backside of shears and press brakes and around the perimeter of… Continued

Fronius offers upgrade for power source


Fronius USA LLC expanded the range of functions of its intelligent TPS/i Robotics power source. This system can now be equipped with the stable Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) welding process using a new additional package. The power source consists of interconnected and fully synchronized components. It has a high-performance processor and a high-speed bus, enabling… Continued

ESAB’s stick/TIG welder offers more power

ESAB renegade

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products offers the Renegade ES 300i stick/TIG welder. The inverter-based machine weighs 33 lbs., measures 12.6 in. by 7.8 in. by 18.11 in. and produces a top output of 300 amps at 40 percent duty cycle. When the welder can’t be located next to the work, its strong output enables the… Continued

Miller expands remote control technology

Miller Big Blue400Pro_ArcReach_Feeder_Family

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.’s ArcReach remote control technology is now available on Big Blue 400, 500 and 600 Pro models, providing control of welding parameters at the point of the weld without the need for a control cord. The addition of ArcReach capabilities to select engine-driven welder/generators provides greater flexibility and fleet compatibility. The same ArcReach accessories that work… Continued

Pferd releases zirconia alumina flap disc


Pferd Inc.’s Polifan Z SG-Power zirconia alumina flap disc is for work on weld seams, chamfering, surface grinding steel and other applications. Manufactured without the addition of fillers, the new disc is rated for use on stainless steel and steel and reduces vibration, noise and dust levels. It is available in grit sizes 40 and… Continued

Hypertherm introduces new class of plasma

Hypertherm bs_xpr300

Hypertherm Inc. introduced X-Definition class plasma for cutting mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum. The new class of plasma features vented water injection and plasma dampening and new vent-to-shield technologies. X-Definition is available in the new XPR300. The machine features improved piercing capability due to increased power and an argon-assist process for thicker piercing on… Continued

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