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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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.

For this demonstration, the robot performed both workpiece pallet changeout and simulated polishing operations of machined parts.

Integrating Robot Programming into the CNC: One Example


This combination of robotics, CNC, workholding and machine tool technologies resulted in a streamlined way to integrate and program an automated machine-tending process.



FANUC Expands in North, South America

By: Jedd Cole
A series of facility expansions and relocations are scheduled to complete by July 2016.

FANUC CR-7iA

Smaller Collaborative Robot Helps with Routine Jobs

By: Jedd Cole
FANUC introduces its CR-7iA collaborative robot providing a payload of 7 kg.

Hypertherm robotic cell

Robotic Cell Increases Shop’s Productivity by 200 Percent

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

Cloud Computing’s Robotic Implications

By: Matt Danford
Eliminating the need for individual robots to perform complex calculations on their own could facilitate the development of systems that are not only more sophisticated, but also cheaper and more accessible.

Moving Automation In

By: Chris Koepfer
This traditional Ohio-based screw machine shop worked with a system integrator and used its in-house expertise to create a sophisticated production cell to go along with its other automation forays.


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