Robots & Automation
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Automated Tool Clamping, Measurement
This system combines tool presetting with tool clamping to automatically set, measure and clamp tools.
Video: Bar Puller for CNC Lathe
Automation doesn’t have to be intricate. This video shows a simple device for automating the operation of a CNC lathe.
Robots Armed for More Than Machine Tending
Although they’re more eager than ever to embrace robotic arms, manufacturers that don’t look beyond the machine tool risk missing out on opportunities to automate processes like deburring, cleaning and inspection.
Video: Cobot Considerations
Before investing in a collaborative robot, consider conducting a risk assessment to make sure the man and machine are matched to the application.
One Next-Step Advancement for Cobots: Specialized Grippers
Grippers and end-effectors developed specifically for collaborative robots represent new advancements in this type of robot technology.
The Mobile Cobots Are Coming
Otto Motors, Yaskawa America and Mobile Industrial Robots are stretching the limits of collaborative robotics for the shop floor by adding autonomous mobility.
Video: Collaborative Robot Lets Short-Run Shop Take on Large-Quantity Work
The robot needing no guarding on the shop floor offers an accessible way for a shop to expand its capacity by running unattended through nights and weekends.
Using Collaborative Robots for Laser Scanning
This device is said to be the first programmable laser scanning system for automated 3D scanning, measurement and gaging using a collaborative robot.
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Manufacturing equipment is powerful, and things that are powerful also tend to be dangerous. Has your shop taken the necessary safety precautions?
7 Impressions of IMTS 2016
Things changed this year. New technologies and a new generation were prominent, and together they are helping to take this show into its next era.