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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.


No Cage Required

The next frontier for robotic automation is near human workers.


ComauFlex: Automation as Strategy

You can’t buy one. But you can buy into this approach to highly efficient automotive assembly automation.


Modular Automation Package for Turning Machines

Here's a modular robotic automation cell for cost-effective, flexible part load/unload of turning machines.


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