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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 Limited, RobotWorx' parent company, specializes in the manufacturing and design of automated production and machinery. They are 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.

Companies are constantly looking for ways to improve their machine tooling processes, and ABB Robotics has answered their call with the FlexMT Machine Tooling System, complete with robot and controller, integrated into one large cabinet work cell. Not only is this a flexible solution, but the FlexMT from ABB significantly reduces labor costs for companies, sometimes as much as 60 percent. The Flex MT maximizes machine tooling by optimizing the amount of product it can handle.

Since the time of their invention in the late 1950s, industrial robots have slowly but surely gaining their place in the manufacturing world. As a matter of fact, they have continued to steadily gain their place since the 1980s. This growth in industrial robotic sales does not seem to be slowing down. As a matter of fact, according to one recent study, it seems to be speeding up.

Machine tending is one of the most common robotic applications used in the industrial world. Motoman Robotics continues to improve their robotic machine tending designs, including the newest model – the MH280II, a robot that can cut down on the inconsistencies that exist in manual machine tending processes.According to Motoman, the MH280 II DX200 is able to perform several different machine tending operations, while delivering improved product quality and cost savings.

“New robot technology” is something that we see on a regular basis in the industrial world these days. Companies are continually innovating, making robots faster, more accurate, and even more environmentally-friendly. As the face of the industrial robotics world changes, so does the rest of the robotics universe – putting technology that started in the manufacturing industry, into the hands of those in other industries.

Motoman Robotics has been building robots since 1977. Over the last 35+ years, they have done everything they can to improve upon those welding robots to ensure that their customers have the best robotic welding system available. As Motoman arc welding robots have evolved, they have definitely become more spectacular.

You’ve come a long way, paint robot.If your company has a painting application, why not automate it with a robot? Painting automation a simpler, safer and superior method to any manual painting process. Plus, industrial painting robots are much more accessible than they used to be! Not only are there more models on the market, but they are more affordable than ever before.

If you need robot tooling to pick up, manipulate, and place your product/part, chances are you're going to use a robotic gripper.Arguably the most common type of end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), robotic grippers are found in virtually every industry and context from food production and cleanroom environments to foundries and distribution centers. These grippers come in a variety of types, sizes, and configurations -- friction, encompassing, hydraulic, pneumatic, electric, magnetic, etc.

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