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.



Lincoln Electric Auto-Mate robotic welding cell

Robotic Welding Cells for Manufacturers or Job Shops

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Lincoln Electric Co.’s Auto-Mate pre-engineered robotic welding cell is intended for first-time buyers and designed for fast, easy implementation.

Methods Machine Tools Twin RoboDrill JobShop Cell

Robot-Tended VMC Cell Changes Multiple Workpieces Simultaneously

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Twin RoboDrill JobShop Cell features two FANUC D21 RoboDrill vertical machining centers serviced by a single articulating FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot.

Yaskawa Motoman MH50 II-series robots

Extended-Reach Robots for Processing Large Parts

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The flexible design of the high-speed MH50 II-series robots from Yaskawa Motoman make them suitable for a range of applications, including coating, dispensing, machine and press tending, material cutting, and handling.

ABB FlexMT system

Tending System Boosts Machine Tool Utilization

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
ABB Robotics' FlexMT system tends machine tools with vision-guided robotics.

Three Reasons Machine-Tool Automation Is on the Rise

By: Peter Zelinski
Makino says the difficulty finding skilled employees is only one factor. The company plans to demonstrate various automation options at IMTS.


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