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Don’t Be in the Dark with Lights-Out Machining
Certain things must be considered before taking on lights-out machining in a shop. Think about the following points that are only some examples of what to consider prior to implementing lights-out machining.
Putting the “Feed” in Zero-Defect Through-Feed Grinding
An automated grinding, inspection and packaging cell churns out two fragile automotive parts per second with zero defects.
Mold Manufacturing Automation Leaves No Part Behind
The right mindset, the right five-axis technology and an intuitive approach to palletization help this mold shop extend automated control to the majority of its high-mix work.
Slideshow: Trends and Technology at IMTS 2016
The size and scope of a show like IMTS makes it impossible to cover everything of interest, but here's a taste of the technology and trends we were taking note of this year.
Reducing Production Times with Robotic Automation
A complete overhaul of its processes using lean principles helped this shop improve production by almost 90 percent.
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.