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Video: Robot Changes Vise Jaws for Continuous Machining

If a robot can load and unload parts, why can’t it do the same for workholding? Here is video of a robot changing the vise jaws so the same machining center can run different operations in unattended machining.


Strong Growth Projected for Industrial Robots

A predicted surge in the use of advanced industrial robots in the United States and elsewhere over the next decade would raise productivity substantially.


Strongest Year Ever for Robots in North America

North American companies ordered more than 27,000 robots last year, says industry group—a 28-percent increase over the prior year.


Video: Machinist Describes His New Role with Robot

Do robots in manufacturing replace people? Here is a machinist who now programs the robot that performs some of the work that he used to do.


Product Spotlight: Robots & Automation

View the January slideshow for automation products ranging from welding robots to workpiece transport systems.


Three Reasons Machine-Tool Automation Is on the Rise

Makino says the difficulty finding skilled employees is only one factor. The company plans to demonstrate various automation options at IMTS.


How Much Can Unattended Production Add?

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

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.


Automation Moving Forward

There are numerous factors that suggest that machine-tending robots will soon be much more commonplace in U.S. shops.


Video: Leveraging Magnets for Robot Flexibility

Need to move both round and flat workpieces with a robotic arm? Magnetic end-of-arm tooling makes it possible to handle both of these shapes interchangeably, as the video in this article demonstrates.


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