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ABB Robotics is one of the leaders in the robotics industry. Based in Sweden, ABB is an international company that produces power and automation technologies. They are now the first global company to commit to manufacturing robots in the United States. While many robotics companies have branches in the U.S., their robots are manufactured elsewhere.

At the end of April, FANUC Robotics held its annual conference to unveil all of their new products and technologies for the coming year. RobotWorx’ staff attended the conference, learning all about the new robots, and marveling at the newest technology from FANUC – collaborative industrial robotics. “FANUC Robotics continues to impress and show great promise and innovation for the coming year,” said Stefani Wanner, Marketing and Web Manager for RobotWorx.

Motoman Robotics is a name known far and wide in the robotics industry. But, did you know that Motoman is only part of a larger company called Yaskawa? The Yaskawa Electric Corporation has been alive and well since it was founded in Japan in 1915. Yaskawa has taken the 100-year anniversary as a time to reflect on its accomplishments, while also moving into the future, releasing its new corporate logo this year at Automate 2015.

Blistering temperatures, metallic dust, and molten materials – any of these factors would contribute to a harsh work environment, and a foundry has all three. However, these factors have also helped to keep foundries on the forward edge of the robotic automation frontier. Typical foundry work includes pouring melted metals into molds, transferring the molds, breaking the metal parts from their molds, and removing material from the metal parts to make them uniform.

Keith Wanner, President of RobotWorx, was recently named one of the “20 People to Know in Manufacturing 2015” by Columbus Business First magazine. Their monthly feature “20 People to Know…” highlights the achievements of 20 people who are “front and center” in their industries. Wanner shared his take on the challenges facing the manufacturing industry, focusing mainly on the need to keep skilled labor and keep manufacturing in the U.S.

There are many different robots available for palletizing these days, but the perfect robotic palletizer must possess certain qualities. It should have exceptional vertical and horizontal reach, it should be sturdy with high wrist inertia, and it should be fast and accurate.

The manufacturing and metal fabrication industries are both dangerous businesses, and it is a feat to go any substantial length of time without some sort of accident. RobotWorx has achieved just that on February 10, 2015 – 1,000 days without an accident, something that is extremely rare. The RobotWorx accident-free ticker hasn’t had to reset since May 16, 2012. Keith Wanner, President of RobotWorx, believes that this is a great achievement for the company.

On March 23, 2015, the robotics industry will converge on Chicago, Illinois for Automate 2015, the largest showcase of robotic automation in North America. Companies will show off their newest robotic gadgets, while also supplying support to attendees who may be looking for new automation ideas for their facilities.

Scott Technology Ltd. is pleased to announce they have acquired 100% of the shares of Machinery Automation and Robotics ("MAR").  MAR is an established and very successful Australian automation and robotics company that is closely aligned to SCOTT, with products and markets that are complementary to SCOTT.

One of the biggest hurdles for companies, especially those automating their painting application for the first time, is training workers to program and operate the robot. ABB Robotics has revolutionized the robotic painting programming with their Simplified Robot Programming (SRP) – programming that is cutting down on the amount of time needed trainer workers and program robots by using a teaching handle, motion tracking software and a computer.