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Published: 9/20/2018

Automation in High-Mix, Low-Volume Turning Applications
Turning shops are familiar with automation for high-volume work, but the shifting landscape to smaller batch sizes has created new challenges.

Published: 9/13/2018

Mitsubishi Electric Presents Integrated Factory Automation
Visitors to Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s booth will see examples of single source manufacturing, including IIoT systems, the M8 CNC series control platform, FR series robots, five-axis machining and a fully automated manufac...

Published: 5/20/2018

Working with In-House Integration Systems
When it comes to envisioning, engineering and integrating automation systems for its shop floor, this Ohio shop chooses to tap its internal resources to get the job done. This article looks at how the shop successfully implemented in-house integrati...

Published: 3/1/2018

Job Shop Automates Quoting and Programming
From quoting and design analysis to the application of tool paths, software automation facilitates custom-machined parts on demand and without middlemen.

Published: 2/20/2018

A Beginner’s Guide to Automation
While many shops are enjoying the production benefits of robotic part handling, others are struggling to tackle the first steps of implementation. Here’s a basic guide to help provide clarity on where to begin.

Published: 1/1/2018

An Automation System for a Job Shop Environment
A flexible robotic part-loading and unloading system enables a small Indiana shop to boost production without a large investment.

Published: 11/1/2017

One Five-Axis Process, 10 Elements of Automation
The new five-axis machine at Phoenix Proto has a pallet pool with loading system, but there are many other less obvious elements of automation in this precision mold-machining process that are just as essential.

Published: 9/14/2017

Preparing for Lights-Out Production
As manufacturers face the challenges of reducing cost-per-part while meeting quality and delivery demands, adding a workerless third shift is a tantalizing possibility. It’s also a bit scary.

Published: 8/23/2017

Captive Shop Must Still Compete
Often, a captive shop seems to have it made by job shop standards. In the case of this division of ITW Welding, “work is not given, it’s earned.”

Published: 6/15/2017

Robot Monitoring Provides Safe, Flexible Automation
Working hand-in-hand with customers to further develop robot safety technologies, ABB recently introduced SafeMove2, which provides added capabilities to allow for the creation of more efficient and flexible production scenarios and to integrate saf...