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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buffing a guitar

Employees and Automation in Harmony


For a well-known guitar maker, automation sets employees free, and product improvement engages those employees’ attention.

Collaborative Robots Cut Crown Production Time


This manufacturer of dental implants is realizing faster turnaround time for crowns by using collaborative robots to tend its machine tools.

Robot actuation

No Cage Required


The next frontier for robotic automation is near human workers.



buffing a guitar

Employees and Automation in Harmony

By: Peter Zelinski
For a well-known guitar maker, automation sets employees free, and product improvement engages those employees’ attention.

Comau Introduces Racer3 Robot

By: Russ Willcutt
This lightweight, high-speed design provides robotic options for companies of all sizes involved in a wide variety of industrial applications.

Video: Robot Gripping by Granular Compression

By: Peter Zelinski
An alternate approach to robot gripping readily conforms to the shape of many different target objects.

Video: Machine Tool Serves as its Own Robot

By: Derek Korn
Schunk’s Gripper with Spindle Interface device enables a machine to load and unload workpieces on its own. See how.

Automated Laser Scanning Using a Collaborative Robot

By: Derek Korn
This device is said to be the first programmable laser scanning system to enable automated 3D scanning, dimensional measurement and dimensional gaging leveraging a collaborative robot platform.


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