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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Robots Assist with Repetitive Tasks


January’s Spotlight product curation focuses on robots and other automated machining and work handling equipment.

For this demonstration, the robot performed both workpiece pallet changeout and simulated polishing operations of machined parts.

Integrating Robot Programming into the CNC: One Example


This combination of robotics, CNC, workholding and machine tool technologies resulted in a streamlined way to integrate and program an automated machine-tending process.

United States Robot Shipments vs Employment

Positive Correlation between Robots and Employment


Do robots replace employees? Far from it. Data suggest employment and automation grow together, while individual cases show automation raising employee value and helping the employer attract talent.



Ford Tool automation cell

EDM Cell Cuts Lead Time in Half, Improves Quality

By: Emily Probst
Sodick's AG60L sinker EDM and an Erowa Robot Compact helped Ford Tool and Machining LLC cut lead time in half when it needed to reduce downtime and increase repeatability.

Suhner BEX 15 WW-ER 25

Spindle Unit Enables Grinding with a Robot Arm

By: Jedd Cole
Suhner offers a series of spindle units designed to be used with robot arms for drilling, milling, deburring, grinding or brushing operations, including the BEX 15 WW-ER 25 for grinding applications in mild steel.

Robots Assist with Repetitive Tasks

By: Jedd Cole
January’s Spotlight product curation focuses on robots and other automated machining and work handling equipment.

Perceptron AutoScan RoboGauge

January 2016 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Robots & Automation

By: Jedd Cole
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on robots and other automated machining and work handling equipment.

Robot Cell Simulation Software Reduces Errors, Promotes Efficiency

By: Jedd Cole
Yaskawa Motoman’s MotoSim EG-VRC version 5.2 is a comprehensive software package that provides accurate 3D simulation of robot cells.


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