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Robot Cuts Ribbon on New Robotics Factory

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. officially opened its new facility in Miamisburg, OH, last week. The 305,000-sq.-ft. facility combines the firm’s former headquarters operation in West Carrolton, OH, with a new 220,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant, demonstration area and warehouse formerly located in Troy, OH. Included are eight training classrooms and a laboratory. In a fitting display of advanced robotic technology, Motoman had a dual-arm robot perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony— watch it here. And for a look back at the same dual-arm robot wielding a shovel to break ground on the 25-acre site on August 13, 2010, look here.

Waterjet Job Shop Adds Second
Two-Axis Cutting Machine

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Precision Waterjet Concepts, Pequot Lakes, MN, has installed its second two-axis waterjet-cutting machine from Jet Edge Inc., St. Michael, MN. The mid-rail gantry machine features a model iP60-150 waterjet intensifier pump (60 ksi, 150 hp) and can process material to 8 by 13 ft. The company began as a five-axis shop in 2002, and installed its first Jet Edge two-axis machine in 2006; Learn more about Jet Edge at

Springs in Space

Friday, October 7, 2011
Newcomb Spring Corp., Decatur, GA, has supplied Lockheed Martin with specially designed springs for mission-critical applications on the NASA Juno mission, launched August 5, 2011 to explore Jupiter. Newcomb also helped Lockheed Martin with spring design, including determining necessary tolerances. Newcomb supplied 60 springs charged with deploying the craft’s solar array, as well as springs helping to keep doors latched and allowing the deployment of the craft’s arms while in orbit. Learn more about Newcomb Spring at; watch an animation of Juno’s solar-array deployment process here.


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