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June 23, 2014
Agile Planet changes name to Yaskawa Innovation
Agile Planet Inc., Dayton, Ohio, a developer of software and hardware for industrial robots, has changed its name to Yaskawa Innovation. Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division (Yaskawa Motoman) acquired all outstanding shares of Agile... Read more...

Article

February 3, 2014
Robotic welding issues and challenges
Historically, robotic welding has been a complex process that required four key factors to be profitable for a company: A high volume of parts A highly repetitive welding task An in-house programming expert to set the... Read more...

Product

January 14, 2014
Robot's curved upper arm handles variety of applications
The new 6-axis MH12 robot from Yaskawa Motoman is suitable for assembly, dispensing, material handling, machine tending, and packaging applications. Its new curved upper arm allows a reach of 56.7 in. The patented double-yoke design also... Read more...

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January 6, 2014
Yaskawa Motoman employee receives 2013 AWS arc welding award
Robotics company Yaskawa Motoman, Dayton, Ohio, has announced that Chris Anderson, welding product marketing manager, has received the 2013 Excellence in Robotic and Automated Arc Welding Award (ERAAW) from the American Welding Society... Read more...

Product

December 5, 2013
Compact robots designed for spot welding applications
The new high-speed MS165 and MS210 spot welding robots from Yaskawa Motoman are 20 percent faster overall than previous ES-series robots, the manufacturer reports. The use of a gas spring and Sigma-5 motor technology results in a lighter... Read more...

Product

December 4, 2013
Welding robot offers improved welding speed
Yaskawa Motoman offers the new 6-axis MA1440 arc welding robot, which features a 6-kg payload. The wrist hole is 23 percent larger than the MA1400 model, and the robot is up to 15 percent faster. A new contoured arm structure reduces... Read more...

Product

November 7, 2013
Ethernet interface updated for digital power sources
Yaskawa Motoman offers a digital interface for Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s new Auto-Axcess® E series digital power sources. The Ethernet interface allows control of weld data monitoring parameters through the Insight Centerpoint™... Read more...

Product

September 12, 2013
Robotic part positioners available in slim-line, extra-capacity models
Yaskawa Motoman has introduced new models of its Ferris wheel-style part positioners. Two servo-driven trunnion/station axes are on opposite sides of a central sweep axis; one station is positioned in front of one to four welding robots, while... Read more...

Product

September 10, 2013
Interface updated for power sources
Yaskawa Motoman has updated its graphic-based interface to Lincoln Electric's Power Wave® power sources. A Motoman® robot communicates welding information over an Ethernet network using Lincoln's ArcLink⪚ XT protocol. The updated... Read more...

Product

September 24, 2012
Robot designed for cutting, dispensing applications
Yaskawa Motoman has introduced the Motoman® HP20D-A80 robot. Featuring high-precision drives on major axes, it is designed for high-accuracy cutting and dispensing applications. Formcut software automatically generates the path to cut... Read more...

Product

August 15, 2012
Laser cutting robot offers high cutting path accuracy
The new Motoman® MC2000 Master Cut robot is designed with high rigidity and precision drives to provide path accuracy for laser cutting small holes and sharp corners. Path accuracy can be within 0.004 in., depending on the application.... Read more...

News

April 19, 2012
Motoman Robotics hosts student groups during National Robotics Week
In the spirit of National Robotics Week, Motoman Robotics, a division of Yaskawa America Inc., Dayton, Ohio, hosted student groups from local high schools, provided facility tours, and spoke to them on the roles they could play in the future... Read more...

News

March 22, 2012
Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center opens Motoman robot lab
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp., Dayton, Ohio, has announced the opening of the Motoman Robot Laboratory at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (SICTC). The center received an advanced manufacturing grant this year,... Read more...

News

March 21, 2012
Harrisburg Area Community College becomes MERIT center
Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Harrisburg, Pa., is now a Motoman Endorsed Robotics Instructor Training (MERIT) center, serving the regional manufacturing workforce. According to the company, the area has an installed base of more than... Read more...

Product

August 29, 2011
Robotic gripper automatically adapts to part sizes, shapes
The industrial-grade Robotiq S-model adaptive gripper, available from Motoman Robotics, is designed for applications including machine tending, fixture loading and unloading, high-mix part handling, and kitting. Its three articulated fingers... Read more...

Product

August 15, 2011
Robotic equipment-monitoring service works on any device with Internet access
MyMotoman remote monitoring service from the Motoman Robotics division of Yaskawa America Inc. gives users equipment monitoring information on any device that has access to the Internet. With the service users have the ability to maintain a... Read more...

News

June 20, 2011
Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has recertified Motoman Robotics, Dayton, Ohio, a division of Yaskawa America Inc., as an authorized provider under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2007 standard. Motoman... Read more...

Article

March 14, 2011
Taking the load off material handling
Midmark Corp. knows how important it is to promote safe and healthy living. After all, the Versailles, Ohio, company manufactures health care products that help doctors, dentists, and veterinarians evaluate and treat patients. Some of these... Read more...

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January 24, 2011
Ivy Tech Community College named Motoman-endorsed robotics instructor training center
Ivy Tech Community College is now a Motoman-endorsed robotics instructor training (MERIT) center. The program helps community colleges and universities bring Motoman training to the regional manufacturing work force. Initially the Columbus,... Read more...

Product

November 29, 2010
Software tracks weld joints at high speeds and in real time
Yaskawa Motoman Robotics offers two laser seam-tracking software packages for arc welding applications that use Servo-Robot's laser cameras. Both versions enable the company’s robots to track weld joints at high speeds and in real time, even... Read more...

Product

November 8, 2010
Laser-based seam finder for arc welding robots introduced
Motoman Robotics has introduced a new laser-based seam finder for its arc welding robots. The Accufast noncontact laser seam finder is compact, mounted inline with the welding torch, and compatible with Motoman Robotics' through-arm torch... Read more...

Article

October 4, 2010
Robotic welding of heavy plate sections
Bucyrus International Inc. knows something about earthmoving. Its products have been used in huge excavation projects all over the world, even in the creation of the Panama Canal. When it came time to redesign its armored face conveyor... Read more...

Product

September 7, 2010
Welding robot designed for automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators
The six-axis Motoman® MS120 Master Spot welding robot is designed to help optimize automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators. The slim-profile robot, which features a 264.6-lb. payload, can be placed in close... Read more...

News

August 23, 2010
Motoman Robotics begins new headquarters construction
Ground was broken Aug. 13 for Motoman Robotics' new facility at the Austin Blvd/I-75 interchange (northwest corner; exit 41) in Miamisburg, Ohio. The new facility will serve as the company's headquarters and main manufacturing facility for its... Read more...

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July 7, 2010
Yaskawa America announces new Motoman Robotics facility location
Yaskawa America Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has announced that its Motoman Robotics division, a manufacturer of robots and robotic automation systems, has executed an option agreement to secure property in Dayton for its new, 300,000-sq.-ft. office and... Read more...

News

June 14, 2010
Motoman, Yaskawa Electric America combine
Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America Inc. have announced that they are combining to form Yaskawa America Inc. The Motoman operations in Dayton, Ohio, will form the Motoman Robotics Div. of Yaskawa America; the Yaskawa Electric America... Read more...

Product

March 15, 2010
Long-reach robots suitable for processing large parts
The high-speed MH series robots from Motoman Inc. have a flexible design that allows them to be used for applications including coating, dispensing, material cutting, handling, and welding. The long reach of the MH50 model and the extended... Read more...

Article

January 14, 2010
5 traits to look for in a robotic cell operator
The ugly truth in metal fabricating is that an automated welding cell is just as capable of turning out bad parts as an inexperienced welder. In both instances, it goes back to human error. Only in the most advanced automated setups do humans... Read more...

Product

October 13, 2009
Slim, dual-arm robot handles heavy, unwieldy parts, trays, or pallets
Motoman's new SDA10D robot has two robot arms that can work together on one task to double the payload or handle heavy, unwieldy parts, trays, or pallets. According to the company, the robot can perform assembly, handling, machine tending,... Read more...

News

October 13, 2009
Motoman partners with Agile Planet
Motoman Inc., an industrial robot manufacturer in Dayton, Ohio, and robotics software developer Agile Planet Inc. have entered into a technology partnership that integrates a customized version of Agile Planet's robot-independent Kinematix™... Read more...

Product

July 14, 2009
7-axis welding robot offers improved torch access into tight places
Motoman has introduced the seven-axis VA1400 Versatile Arc welding robot. Located in the lower arm, the seventh (E) axis acts as an elbow, which helps improve torch access into tight places and allows the robot to reach both sides of a part. The... Read more...

Product

July 14, 2009
Packing robot features 110.3-lb. payload, 360-degree work envelope
Motoman's four-axis MPK50 robot with DX100 controller for packing applications features a 110.3-lb. payload and a 360-degree work envelope. A slim manipulator design enables it to reach into confined spaces. The robot is floor-mounted and has a... Read more...

Article

January 15, 2009
Fabricator meets competition challenge with welding robot cells
Situation LB Steel LLC/Coburn Steel Products is a privately held fabricating and machining company with about 300 employees and multiple plants. Approximately 350,000 sq. ft. of its 500,000-sq.-ft. facility in Harvey, Ill., is dedicated to... Read more...

News

September 16, 2008
Motoman appoints president and CEO
Motoman Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has named Steve Barhorst as president and COO. He succeeds Craig Jennings, whose departure after nearly 19 years comes at a time when the company is shifting to a global strategy designed for aggressive growth.... Read more...

News

December 11, 2007
Motoman adds senior general manager for Canada plant
Motoman Inc., West Carrollton, Ohio, recently named Trevor Jones as senior general manager of Yaskawa Motoman Canada, Mississauga, Ont. Jones has more than 23 years of experience in the robotics industry. He was a founding member of CRS... Read more...

Article

October 9, 2007
A new standard in forming bathtubs
Slipping into a bathtub can lead to some relaxing moments. A slip-up in automating an existing press forming line during a holiday shutdown can result in some not-so-relaxing moments. American Standard wanted to avoid as much stress as possible... Read more...

Product

December 12, 2006
Robotic welding workcell integrates safety enclosure
The ArcWorld® C-500 workcell from Motoman features an EA-Series Expert Arc welding robot partially enclosed by a cylindrical robot safety enclosure that is integrated with the robot. This configuration allows the welding robot to access the... Read more...

Article

July 11, 2006
Reaching peak performance, productivity
Robotic welding has helped Alpine Engineered Products improve productivity, weld consistency, and overall product quality; eliminate outsourcing; and cut lead-times for its line of truss fabrication tables. The company invested... Read more...

News

January 10, 2006
Yaskawa Motoman Mexico celebrates 10 years in country
Yaskawa Motoman Mexico (YMM) celebrated 10 years in the country with an industrial automation exposition and other festivities. YMM is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Motoman Inc., which in turn is a subsidiary of Yaskawa Electric Corp. The... Read more...

News

January 11, 2005
Motoman appoints vice president, customer satisfaction group
Motoman Inc. has appointed Douglas Schenher as vice president of its Customer Satisfaction Group. He is responsible for field service, technical support, training, spare parts, robot refurbishment and repair, retrofit systems, and aftermarket... Read more...

News

October 12, 2004
Senior VP joins Motoman
Motoman Inc., a manufacturer of robotic systems in West Carrollton, Ohio, has named Kazumasa (Kazu) Okabe as senior vice president. Okabe has more than 30 years of experience at Yaskawa Electric Corp. and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical... Read more...

Article

October 23, 2003
Programming multiple robots
Figure 1 Two robots can weld on the left side of a large vehicle frame, while two other robots weld on the right side, with all robot motion synchronized by a multiple-robot control. Multiple Robots, Single Process... Read more...

Article

June 12, 2003
Loading up on quality, productivity, safety
Like the products it manufactures, CNH Global N.V. has to stay on the move—technologically. The company's Wichita, Kan., facility uses robotic welding to help produce Case- and New Holland-brand skid steer loaders. Powerful yet... Read more...

Article

November 7, 2002
Focusing on tube cutting lasers
It travels at 186,287.490 miles per second (299,792,458 meters per sec.). Its visible spectrum ranges from 400 to 700 nanometers. Its smallest unit is a packet of energy, a photon. While its chief use is illumination, it has many other... Read more...

Article

August 8, 2002
Science Nonfiction
Forty years ago no one would have thought it possible to cut plate steel with focused light. Over time it has not only become possible but common in manufacturing operations. However, making this science fiction into fact wasn't enough,... Read more...

Article

April 15, 2002
Getting a handle on robotic tube, pipe automation
Despite the current economic downturn, material handling remains a growth area in robotic automation for many reasons: enhanced safety and fewer worker compensation claims, improved reliability, increased productivity, and higher precision... Read more...

Article

February 28, 2002
Taking a closer look at welding robotics and automation
Internet usage, equipment improvements, stricter customer demands, and a shortage of skilled welders have caused robotic welding equipment manufacturers to take a second look at how they do business. In 2001, robotics industries should... Read more...