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Exploring the: Robots & Automation Zone

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Burning Away the Burrs

Searching for an efficient means of deburring internal passages led this company to develop a specialized machining cell that incorporates thermal energy to smooth away rough edges.

Automation for Turning Applications

Automation systems can be configured to support many different requirements, including applications.

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.

Shop Combines Automated Grinding and Swiss Turning

Many shops are increasing the scope of their machining capabilities. This Ohio shop has added cylindrical grinding to its 24-hour Swiss-type operations.

Employees and Automation in Harmony

For a well-known guitar maker, automation sets employees free, and product improvement engages those employees’ attention.

Automated Laser Scanning Using a Collaborative Robot

This device is said to be the first programmable laser scanning system to enable automated 3D scanning, dimensional measurement and dimensional gaging leveraging a collaborative robot platform.

Pallet System Software Boosts Cell Flexibility

The software running this shop’s newest FMS from Fastems adds a layer of automation that enhances the inherent flexibility, productivity and effectiveness of lights-out operation. Dynamic job scheduling is the key.

Adaptable Automation

A system for automatically swapping both workpieces and workholding enables a robot-loaded VMC to be quickly reconfigured for a new or modified job. The same system lets the robot change jobs in the midst of an unattended run. Thanks to the extra ca...

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.

Reshoring, Robots and the New Factory Floor

Plastics processors are adopting robotics in a major way to compensate for a dwindling talent pool and reshored jobs.

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