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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robot holds turbine blade

Adaptive Machining Makes a Robot More Productive


This system for machining and polishing turbine blades shows the value of software for inspection, toolpath calculations and adaptive machining working together.

Collaborative Robots for DIY Automation


Next-generation, new-generation, co-worker—call it whatever; there is a robotics revolution rolling into manufacturing, warehousing, materials handling and supply chains worldwide.



Assembled and tested, Fanuc robots await shipment to a variety of facilities found around the world, including manufacturing plants located in the United States.

Growth in Robotics Good for U.S. Manufacturing

By: Russ Willcutt
In order to get a good grasp on the current state of manufacturing in the United States, it’s important to monitor the health of related markets such as robotics.

Automation for Turning Applications

By: Lori Beckman
Automation systems can be configured to support many different requirements, including applications.

Fast ROI Convinces Shop to Add Robotic Automation

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
“If we get a job that requires a process we don’t normally do, we have very few other shops in the area we can call on, so we figure out how to do it ourselves. This often means adding new technology,” says Cody Dolce, owner of Glacier Tool & Die.

robot holds turbine blade

Adaptive Machining Makes a Robot More Productive

By: Mark Albert
This system for machining and polishing turbine blades shows the value of software for inspection, toolpath calculations and adaptive machining working together.

Multi-arm robots working close to employees are noteworthy additions to this shop that got its start during World War II.

Video: Collaborative Robots in Screw Machine Shop

By: Peter Zelinski
Multi-arm robots working close to employees are noteworthy additions to this shop that got its start during World War II.


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