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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‘Collaborative’ Robot Works Safely, Comfortably Alongside Human Workers


The goal of Baxter's builder is to make U.S. manufacturing more globally competitive by making automation more affordable and easier to implement.

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.



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.

Flexible Manufacturing System Shortens Lead Times

By: Edited by: Emily Probst
A Makino MMC cell and a81 machines provide a flexible production environment that helped Roush Industries take on a wider variety of work with shortened lead times.

The Secret Robot

By: Peter Zelinski
A manufacturer struggles over its employees’ potential reaction to automation. The struggle itself says something important.

How Much Can Unattended Production Add?

By: Peter Zelinski
Using a horizontal machining center, this shop kept production going through two 10-hour shifts per day. That seemed like a lot, but a pallet system enabled the shop to go even further.

Video: Automation Adds Jobs at Vickers Engineering

By: Peter Zelinski
Rather than being a replacement for employees, this machined parts supplier says robotic automation has led to a doubling of the size of its staff.


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