ABB Releases Arc Welding Robot

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ABB Robotics introduces the IRB 1660ID, a compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications. The robot’s Integrated DressPack design makes it easier to program and simulate predictable cable movements over standard robots with externally routed cables. It features a rigid upper arm with a reach of 1.55 m and a payload of 6 kg to… Continued

Lincoln Electric Offers New Plasma Cutting System

Lincoln Electric LE Torchmate

The Lincoln Electric Co.’s Torchmate 4400|4800 CNC plasma cutting systems produce cycle times 2.5 times faster than Torchmate’s previous system.  The Torchmate 4400 is a 4-ft.-by-4-ft. CNC plasma cutting table for small- and medium-sized fabrication shops. The Torchmate 4800 is a 4-ft.-by-8-ft. table with a larger cutting area that allows users to avoid additional shearing fees from… Continued

Select-Arc’s Electrode for Large Structural Applications

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Select-Arc Inc. released Select 550Ni, an all-position, flux-cored, gas-shielded electrode for welding high-strength, low-alloy steels such as HY-80. Specifically developed to maintain yield strength of 80 ksi and impact toughness at –76 degrees F, it produces minimal spatter emission on CO2 shielding gas. The electrode is for applications typically reserved for SMAW electrodes. Available in a 0.045-in.… Continued

Rockford Systems Appoints CEO

Rockford Systems LLC appointed Joe  Nitiss as CEO. Capitalizing on his experience with Fortune 500 companies, Nitiss aims to expand the company’s market strategy, developing new and diverse consulting solutions to keep customers compliant with stringent OSHA and ANSI machine safeguarding regulations.  In addition to products, Rockford Systems provides services such as risk assessment, training, machine surveys and compliance validation… Continued

Fabtech Hosts Educational Programs

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  Fabtech 2016 will host several educational programs with notable speakers presenting on a variety of industry topics. The lineup is comprised of more than 100 sessions, addressing the needs of attendees with basic, intermediate and advanced skill levels. The sessions are divided into cutting, lasers, finishing, forming and fabricating, lean, welding, management strategies, job shop solutions, stamping, automation, additive manufacturing and workforce development. The show… Continued

ESAB Announces Partnership with AGT Robotics

ESAB Welding Robotics

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products announced AGT Robotics as its first North American automation partner in its Integrator Partnership Program. Under the arrangement, ESAB will provide AGT Robotics with access to ESAB’s technical, sales, marketing and distribution resources as well as preferred pricing on equipment. AGT Robotics provides the ability to offer turnkey automated welding and cutting… Continued

AWS Releases New Technical Standards

The American Welding Society released two new technical standards. AWS D16.1:2004 (R2016), Specification for Robotic Arc Welding Safety, includes minor editorial changes to the 2014 standard. It establishes safety requirements with respect to the design, manufacture, maintenance and operation of arc welding robot systems. AWS C2.20/C2.20M:2016, Specification for Thermal Spraying Zinc Anodes on Steel Reinforced Concrete, covers the application… Continued

GM Uses MagneGas Fuel in Trials

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MagneGas Corp  is now supplying General Motors with its  MagneGas fuel. MagneGas converts liquid-based materials into hydrogen-based fuel, removing acetylene from the process. GM is trialing the fuel in maintenance and metalworking activities at its Grand Blanc Weld and Tool Center in Flint, Mich. GM chose  the fuel for its environmental, health and safety benefits because it found the fuel cut cleaner and faster and… Continued

Coldwater Machine and Yaskawa Motoman Partner

Coldwater Machine Co. entered into a strategic partner agreement with Yaskawa Motoman. The Ascend16 Program enhances Coldwater’s existing Motoman Strategic Partner agreement by providing priority sales and technical support to Coldwater when integrating  Yaskawa  Motoman  robots into its automation solutions. The partnership also provides opportunities for software access and customized technical training.

Pferd Appoints VP of Sales

Jon-Michael Raymond

Pferd Inc. appointed Jon-Michael Raymond vice president, sales. In this position, Raymond will manage the company’s U.S. sales force responsible for the welding, industrial and STAFDA channels. Prior to joining Pferd, Raymond was manager, private brand and retail, U.S. and Canada for Osborn Mfg. He also has held several positions with Saint-Gobain-Norton.

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