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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The next frontier for robotic automation is near human workers.

The Unexpected Advantages of Robotic Automation


This shop justified the robot solely through improved use of labor. Other benefits came to light after the automation arrived.



Supply-Side Robotics

By: Peter Zelinski
It’s not just the promise of automation that drives robot adoption, but also the cost of the technology. Will price declines bring about much more widespread use of robots in manufacturing?

Adaptable Automation

By: Peter Zelinski
A system for automatically swapping both workpieces and workholding enables a robot-loaded VMC to be quickly reconfigured for a new or modified job. The same system lets the robot change jobs in the midst of an unattended run. Thanks to the extra capacity from unattended production, the motorcycle part maker that developed this system has finally stopped shipping products late during the busiest part of its year.

Yaskawa Motoman MA1440 arc welding robot

Welding Robot Offers Improved Speed

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The six-axis MA1440 arc welding robot from Yaskawa Motoman features a 6-kg payload and a larger wrist hole for utilities.

Video: Robot Changes Vise Jaws for Continuous Machining

By: Peter Zelinski
If a robot can load and unload parts, why can’t it do the same for workholding? Here is video of a robot changing the vise jaws so the same machining center can run different operations in unattended machining.

General Inspection Gi-720 sorting machine

Sorting Machine Enables Detection of Visual, Dimensional Defects

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The Gi-720 sorting machine from General Inspection features a conveyor-belt style with an eight-camera sensor system.


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