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FANUC, at Annual Open House, Displays Collaborative Robot

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


OSHINO, Japan – FANUC Corp. last week used its annual open house to display the production version of its collaborative robot – where man and machine work together instead of the robot being fenced off -- as the Japanese company moves into the market with a model that can lift more weight. The CR-35iA has a payload of 35 kg (77-lb). Full Article

KUKA Aerospace Plans for Growth with Michigan Expansion

Press Release - KUKA Systems


Sterling Heights, MI – KUKA Systems is expanding its facility in Clinton Township, MI, to support the further growth of its aerospace business. Ground-breaking is expected in early May. The project is the third in a series of current investments to expand the R&D, engineering and manufacturing footprint of KUKA’s global aerospace group, based in Michigan. KUKA already has opened a 29,000 sq ft facility in Everett, WA, to support customers on the West Coast. The Everett facility is KUKA Systems’ first US installation outside Michigan. Full Article

Kaiser Precision Tooling Strengthens Alliance with BIG Daishowa Seiki

Press Release - Kaiser Precision Tooling LTD.


Rümlang, Switzerland -- Kaiser Precision Tooling Ltd has determined to strengthen its partnership with its long-term partner, BIG Daishowa Seiki Co Ltd of Japan, and agreed to become a company of the BIG Daishowa group as of April 15, 2015. Kaiser Precision Tooling is the leading supplier of high-precision modular boring tools. The company was founded in 1948 by Heinz Kaiser and is owned by the families of the second generation. BIG Daishowa Seiki is one of the world’s leading producers of precision tool holders and measuring accessories. Full Article

ABB Introduces YuMi, a Collaborative Dual-Arm Robot

Press Release - ABB


ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today introduced YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm industrial robot, at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, Hannover Messe.YuMi’s introduction is another step in ABB’s Next Level strategy aimed at accelerating sustainable value creation. Full Article

Machinery Show Highlights China’s Changing Manufacturing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


A large machinery show last week demonstrated how manufacturing is changing in China. The show had a theme of “Intelligent Manufacturing Changes the Future.” It may be a future that’s not far off. Full Article

ABB Acquires Gomtec To Expand Co-Bot Portfolio

Press Release - ABB


HANNOVER, Germany, April 14, 2015 – ABB announced it acquired Gomtec GmbH to expand its offering in the field of collaborative robots. The parties agreed not to disclose financial terms of the transaction.Gomtec, based near Munich, Germany, is a privately held company that develops mechatronic systems combining mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering for customers in diverse industries. Full Article

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