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.



Kitagawa North-Tech Automated Jaw Pallet System

Automated Jaw Pallet System for Low- to Moderate-Volume Machining

By: Katie Cattell
Kitagawa North-Tech will demonstrate its Automated Jaw Pallet System (AJPS) for robot-tended CNC milling/turning cells.

Robots, Robots, Robots

By: Chris Felix
Lately, I’ve noticed an increasing number of shops researching ways to implement various types of automation to improve their productivity through unattended operation.

VBX-160

Flexible Automation on a VMC

By: Chris Felix
Robot loading and unloading of the workholding that is used in the machining center facilitates the ability to change jobs during an unattended run.

Fastems Multi-Level Flexible Manufacturing System

Model Demonstrates Operator Interface

By: Katie Cattell
Fastems will exhibit a fully-featured scale model of its Multi-Level Flexible Manufacturing System.

Link-Belt cranes

Machining Critical Crane Components

By: Russ Willcutt
By investing in a new horizontal machining center with a two-axis head and a six-station pallet pool, this crane OEM is making critical components for telescopic booms in one setup and running lights-out.


With the KR AGILUS series, KUKA is presenting a comprehensive small robot family.
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