Robotmaster Reduces Outsourcing, Increases Production and Profitability

Adding a robotic system enabled Groupe Gravel, a metal fabricator, to profitably automate cutting and welding for high-mix short-batch production. Robotmaster's tools enabled automatic path creation from CAD models drastically improved programming time.

ABB's largest ever robot is 25 percent faster than competitor robots in high payload range

ABB has introduced its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 meters and is capable of handling a payload of up to 800 kg (1000 kg with the wrist down; 630 kg with LeanID). Designed for the ultimate in uptime, reliability and reduced maintenance, the IRB 8700 provides the lowest total cost of ownership among competitor high payload robot models. The new robot is targeted for material handling applications in the automotive, transportation and other heavy industries.

“When designing the IRB 8700, we focused on combining ABB’s largest ever model with an unusually long reach for a robot in the high payload class,” said John Bubnikovich, vice president, sales and marketing, ABB Robotics North America. “Utilizing ABB’s superior motion control technology at high moments of inertia, the new robot automatically adapts and adjusts its speed to accommodate heavy and wide parts. With a compact footprint, optimized counterweight, parallel linkages, stiff axes and fewer drive motors, the IRB 8700 keeps its momentum down and speed up, providing unmatched agility and performance.”

The IRB 8700, ABB’s largest ever robot offers all the functionality and expertise of the ABB portfolio in a much bigger package. The robot has only one motor and one gear per robot axis, while most other robots in this size class use dual motors and/or gears. In addition, there are no gas springs; only a reliable counterweight and mechanical springs for counter balancing. Together these design elements mean the IRB 8700 has fewer components and is able to deliver shorter cycle times and higher accuracy – making it 25% faster than any comparable competitor robots in its payload range.  Full Press Release:

ABB's largest ever robot is 25 percent faster than competitor robots in high payload range

The IRB 8700 is the market's best performing high payload robot with the lowest total cost of ownership

ALine Introduces Instrument Control of Custom Microfluidics

ADEPT+ is ALine's latest product innovation in support of microfluidic device development for molecular assays. The customizable instrument platform includes pneumatic fluid control and thermocycling and is suitable for development across multiple industries including medical, laboratory research, and environmental.

FANUC America Demonstrates Seamless Integration of its CNC, Robotics and ROBOMACHINE Products at the Automation Fair Event

Automation Fair event, hosted by Rockwell Automation, Nov. 18-19, in Chicago.

CHGT's 3D Printers Shift into High Gear with New Automotive Parts Deal

"The automotive parts aftermarket has really hit the accelerator in its use of 3D printing"

Latest VadaTech AMC Supports new 8-Core Intel Xeon Processor D Family

VadaTech, a leading manufacturer of embedded boards, enabling software and application-ready platforms, today announced that its latest processor AdvancedMC (PrAMC), the AMC754, is available with either the new 8-core Intel® Xeon® processor D-1548 or 4-core Intel® Xeon® processor D-1520 and provides a migration path to next-generation 16-core processors expected to be available end of Q1 2016.

Robotic Additive Manufacturing Platform for 3D Printing Composite Parts

The first-of-its-kind solution consists of a standard commercially available robot, composite deposition end-effector hardware and a comprehensive software suite.

Walinga saving time and money with OCTOPUZ

Interview with Gregory Smuk, Industrial Technical Software Specialist at In-House Solutions, and James Medemblik, Manufacturing Technologist at Walinga, exploring how Walinga is saving time and money with OCTOPUZ offline robotic programming and simulation software.

Schunk - RVK "Collect and Place"

The RVK allows for lower cycle times and fewer transport strokes in a pick & place system.

Yaskawa Motoman Introduces Complete Virtual Industrial Robotics Solution for Education

MotoSim Touch delivers a "real world" virtual robotics experience at a fraction of the cost of purchasing an industrial robot.

KUKA Robotics Corporation Is Bringing the Thrills to IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015

Experience the KUKA Coaster from KUKA Robotics in booth 441 at IAAPA 2015 November 17th - November 20th, 2015

FABTECH - Mecânica 2016 Invites American Companies to Brazil

Mecânica, the only Brazilian event that encompasses the entire supply chain industry, seeks partnerships at FABTECH and invites the American market to S£o Paulo this May

Adams Air & Hydraulics, Inc. announces new division, Adams Automation & Controls Inc.

Adams will be unveiling this new division with multiple product demonstrations at the ATX show in Orlando on November 18th and 19th in booth 848.

Lenze Makes Packaging Control Automation and Robotics Easy

Integrated drive solutions and engineering software deliver superior value and performance in real-world packaging machine applications

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MICROMO launches the new MC3/MCS motion control family. The new high performance, intelligent controllers are optimized for use with FAULHABER motors, offer electronics for simple operation with state-of-the-art interfaces for multi-axis applications, and provide a motion control system solution with the most compact integration into industrial grade housing.