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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robot holds turbine blade

Adaptive Machining Makes a Robot More Productive


This system for machining and polishing turbine blades shows the value of software for inspection, toolpath calculations and adaptive machining working together.

Collaborative Robots for DIY Automation


Next-generation, new-generation, co-worker—call it whatever; there is a robotics revolution rolling into manufacturing, warehousing, materials handling and supply chains worldwide.

Modular Automation Package for Turning Machines


Emco Maier has partnered with UltraTech Machinery to offer a modular robotic automation cell that provides flexible part load/unload for its turning machines.



robot holds turbine blade

Adaptive Machining Makes a Robot More Productive

By: Mark Albert
This system for machining and polishing turbine blades shows the value of software for inspection, toolpath calculations and adaptive machining working together.

Multi-arm robots working close to employees are noteworthy additions to this shop that got its start during World War II.

Video: Collaborative Robots in Screw Machine Shop

By: Peter Zelinski
Multi-arm robots working close to employees are noteworthy additions to this shop that got its start during World War II.

Shop Combines Automated Grinding and Swiss Turning

By: Chris Koepfer (editor)
Many shops are increasing the scope of their machining capabilities. This Ohio shop has added cylindrical grinding to its 24-hour Swiss-type operations.

students in one of RAMTEC's sites in Ohio

RAMTEC Ramps up Academic Outreach

By: Russ Willcutt
Technology instructors in the RAMTEC Ohio program are expanding credentialing courses available to program enrollees, helping address the state’s “manufacturing gap.”

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.


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