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Manufacturers have questions about automation. The reason is not that automation is overly complex or that its role is unclear, but instead the opposite: Advances in integration and ease of use have made automation more accessible, and manufacturers seeking to amplify the effectiveness of their employees see more clearly than ever which tasks in the facility are candidates to be automated. Today, automation is not just for large facilities or new ones, because small shops and established ones are looking to automation as well. Together, these facilities are helping to feed a rise in robot adoption, even though automation is a far bigger idea than robots alone. Indeed, in many cases, five-axis machining, accessories in the workzone and even software tools can all constitute automation as well.
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