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Lights-Out Machining and Long-Term Agreements Go Together

The value of a contractual agreement to keep on supplying the same part number to a customer is even greater than many shops realize.


Cylindrical Grinding Machine Tour Launches

United Grinding recently introduced its Studer S11 small-parts production grinding machine to the North American market on the USS Yorktown. You’ll soon be able to see it, too, as it embarks on an eight-city tour, which started Feb. 19.


A Robot Designed to Teach Humans

A mobile robotic welding system from Esab enables on-site training in welding and robot programming.


Keeping Tabs on Robot Machining

A new website from Delcam focuses on developments in machining with industrial robots.


Takeaways from Fabtech

See a slideshow of equipment spotted at the 2013 edition of Fabtech in Chicago. Plus, learn about Fabtech’s fundraising campaign to help victims of the severe weather that hit Illinois just before the show.


Automated Machining Transforms South Carolina Shop

Looking back over the history of the company, plant operations manager Dan Hogge says the shop has made a dramatic change roughly once every 7 years. The move from screw machines to CNC was one of the earlier shifts. Embracing lights-out machining i...


Robot Rings NASDAQ’s Closing Bell

An industrial robot performed the task, which marked the launch of the world’s first index that benchmarks the value of robotics and automation.


Simulating Automation

Software designed for simulating and controlling machine-tending robots can help avoid collisions, protect equipment and simplify the setup of automated cells.


Video: On-Site Manufacturing in the Future

A team of students in Finland produced this video of their vision of how parts may be produced in the future. This entry won Fastems’ conceptual design competition held in honor of the company’s 30 years of building flexible manufacturing systems.


In Need of “Floor-Ready” Prospects?

This collaborative training initiative gives shopfloor prospects the chance to contribute right away.


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