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.



Comau Smart NJ 650 robot

Robot’s Elevated Payload Efficiently Handles Large Components

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Comau extends its range of high-payload robots with the Smart NJ 650, which features an elevated payload to meet the need for robots than can efficiently manipulate components of significant size and weight.

Video: Robot Loading at Rekluse

By: Peter Zelinski
Motorcycle clutch maker developed the unit now offered by VersaBuilt for robot loading of both workpiece and workholding.

Pallet System Software Boosts Cell Flexibility

By: Mark Albert
The software running this shop’s newest FMS from Fastems adds a layer of automation that enhances the inherent flexibility, productivity and effectiveness of lights-out operation. Dynamic job scheduling is the key.

Automation for Oilfield Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski
Robots are being applied in machining applications not commonly associated with this level of automation.

ABB Robotics RobotWare 6

Robot Control Software Speeds Setup

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The latest version of ABB Robotics’ robot controller software, RobotWare 6, is said to offer increased flexibility and reliability, along with an extensive toolbox for developers and broad communications capabilities.


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