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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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.

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.



Record Number of Robots Ordered in First Half of 2016, Report Says

By: Jedd Cole
A total of 14,583 robots valued at approximately $817 million were reportedly ordered from North American companies.

Automated Parts Accumulator

Increase Throughput with Off-the-Shelf Automation

By: Chris Felix
This automated parts accumulator is designed to complement any bar-fed CNC lathe, providing hours of profitable, unattended operation by safely collecting and organizing finished parts.

Video: 5 Questions about Automation

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

Acieta Event Explores the Application and Challenges of Collaborative Robots

By: Peter Zelinski
Speakers describe some of the considerations relevant to the category of robots that are safe for operation near people.

August 2016 cover

IMTS 2016 Preview: Seeing the Whole of the Show

By: The Editors
Potentially disruptive manufacturing concepts and advancements in proven technologies come together at next month’s big show.


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