Tooling & Workholding

Robots & Automation

Industrial robotics systems are becoming increasingly important to shops of all sizes for their potential to help do more with less. Automation enables businesses to perform unattended and lights-out operations, free personnel from repetitive tasks, and more. This zone contains product information, videos and stories of companies using everything from robotic arms to machine-tending systems to completely automated cells in order to boost productivity and take advantage of robotics technologies.

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 Automated finishing process that uses one or more robots to immerse the workpieces into the agitated media.

Mass Finishing in a Less Frenetic Fashion


Finishing systems with robotic loading capability can enable complex parts to be deburred, polished or smoothed without bumping into each other and causing them to be damaged.

Hypertherm robotic cell

Robotic Cell Increases Shop’s Productivity by 200 Percent


A new building spurred Hypertherm Inc. to revamp its production process with a robotically automated work cell, providing improved productivity and efficiency.

Robots Assist with Repetitive Tasks


January’s Spotlight product curation focuses on robots and other automated machining and work handling equipment.



Automated Grinding Cell Adds Capacity

By: Chris Koepfer
Like many shops facing changes in customer demands, Pennsylvania-based American Turned Products (ATP) is making the necessary adjustments and adding operations to continue to compete in the difficult, high volume market. One of those adjustments is the company’s recent installation of an automated centerless grinding cell.

FANUC Developing Open Platform for Connecting CNCs, Robots, Peripheral Devices, Sensors

By: Jedd Cole
The system in development is part of a collaboration between FANUC and three other automation and Internet of Things providers.

Three Technology Takeaways from FANUC Tour

By: Derek Korn
New CNC, automation and Internet of Things technologies stood out during a recent event at FANUC’s manufacturing campus in Japan.

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Developing a Company Plan for Robotics

By: Don Engles
It’s a good time for shops to re-evaluate the impact robotic automation can have on productivity.

NTMA Members Share Observations after Japan Manufacturing Tour

By: Peter Zelinski
U.S. shop owners and managers comment on the plants they visited, automation and culture, and the value of getting to see manufacturers far away in the company of other shop leaders.


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With the KR AGILUS series, KUKA is presenting a comprehensive small robot family.
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