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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Video: 5 Questions about Automation


Productive uses of automation often involve people and technology working in parallel to complement one another.

FANUC tour

Three Technology Takeaways from FANUC Tour


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

 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.



collaborative robots from Perceptron

Using Collaborative Robots for Laser Scanning

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

IMTS 2016 Hosts Highest Number of Exhibiting Companies in Show History

By: Jedd Cole
The 31st edition of the show was the third largest in terms of registration and exhibit space.

robots in a shop with guarding

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

By: Matt Danford
Manufacturing equipment is powerful, and things that are powerful also tend to be dangerous. Has your shop taken the necessary safety precautions?

7 Impressions of IMTS 2016

By: Peter Zelinski
Things changed this year. New technologies and a new generation were prominent, and together they are helping to take this show into its next era.

Cenit FastSuite

Digital Factory Simulator Mirrors Real Production Environment

By: Jedd Cole
Cenit’s FastSuite Edition 2 digital factory software for smart manufacturing is designed for high efficiency.


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