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Vertical Machining Cells Challenge Horizontal Dominance

When part volumes are high, and success is measured in pennies and seconds, moving away from horizontal machines requires creative thinking about robotics, cutting tools, workholding and more.


Increase Throughput with Off-the-Shelf Automation

This automated parts accumulator is designed to complement any bar-fed CNC lathe, providing hours of profitable, unattended operation by safely collecting and organizing finished parts.


IMTS 2016 Preview: Seeing the Whole of the Show

Potentially disruptive manufacturing concepts and advancements in proven technologies come together at next month’s big show.


Flexible Automation on a VMC

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


Machining Critical Crane Components

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.


Automated Grinding Cell Adds Capacity

Like many shops facing changes in customer demands, Pennsylvania-based American Turned Products (ATP) is making the necessary adjustments and adding operations to continue to compete in the difficult, high volume market. One of those adjustments is ...


Developing a Company Plan for Robotics

It’s a good time for shops to re-evaluate the impact robotic automation can have on productivity.


Simplifying the Integration of Robotic Automation

The LoadAssistant from Halter CNC Robotics is designed to simplify robotic automation technology in terms of programming, integration and setup.


Moving Automation In

This traditional Ohio-based screw machine shop worked with a system integrator and used its in-house expertise to create a sophisticated production cell to go along with its other automation forays.


Robotic Polishing of Turbine Engine Blades

Testing explores an airfoil finishing alternative to loose-abrasive polishing.


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