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RIA to Offer Robot-Integrator Certification

Monday, February 27, 2012
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, has developed certification criteria for robotic-system integrators, and will soon begin auditing integrators and offering an official Certified Robot Integrator certification. Key elements to the program are the RIA’s American National Robot Safety Standard and safety training. RIA has just begun to accept applications from integrators interesting in becoming certified;



Change at the Top for Hypertherm

Monday, February 27, 2012
Hypertherm vice president and general manager Evan Smith has been elevated to the role of president, taking the reins from the company’s founder and CEO Dick Couch, who remains as CEO and chair of the firm’s board of directors. Also, Hypertherm expanded the duties of CFO Carey Chin to include oversight of its air-plasma and related product lines as CFO and vice president, general manager of light industrial businesses. Hypertherm, Hanover, NH, manufactures plasma- and laser-cutting systems, consumables, CNC motion and height controls and CAM cutting software;

Zig-Zag Servo Feed Saving Material at InSInkErator

Friday, February 24, 2012
The press shop at the Racine, WI manufacturing facility of InSinkErator has added a zig-zag press-feeding system supplied by CWP and Formtek Maine, Clinton, ME. The servo-feed system, rated for stock 18 in. wide by 0.030 in. thick, features a stock reel, straightener and threading tables. A variable-tension brake automatically adjusts brake tension as the coil depletes. Matte-chrome pinch rolls and smooth-chrome straightening rolls on the stock straightener help to shed particles and process critical-finish material used to manufacture parts for the firm’s waste-disposal units. Zig-zag feeds, when used for stamping circular blanks, can result in a 22-percent scrap reduction compared to conventional feeds, say CWP officials; Here’s a short 1-min. video of the system at work.


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