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Published: 9/20/2006

Turning The Tide
When Briggs & Stratton decided to make the crankshaft machining lines in its Poplar Bluff plant globally competitive, it had to choose between CNC lathes and dedicated special machines for its main turning operations. The company chose the lathe...

Published: 9/7/2006

Making Strides To Maximize Worker Efficiency
This 40-year-old shop combines original best practices with new technologies and manufacturing approaches to make the most of its home-grown skilled labor.

Published: 6/19/2006

Gantry Takes Hands Out Of Part Handling
Automating material delivery and removal from the machining process is one key method of taking some of the production cost from manufacturing. Iemca, known for automating machine tools with its line of bar feeders, has introduced a new gantry syste...

Published: 5/3/2006

Direct-From-CAM Machining Streamlines Robotic Milling
The controller on this robotic milling system drives robot movement directly from a CAM model without requiring a postprocessor to generate machining code.

Published: 2/2/2006

Inspection For Free
Gaging integrated with a robot delivers inspection without any cost in floorspace or cycle time.

Published: 7/11/2005

Re-envisioning Automation
The Future of Machining - 2005 Add vision systems to robots, and fundamental aspects of the process deserve a second look.

Published: 4/22/2005

Move Parts - Don't Move Production
Robotic automation can make manufacturing in North America the most profitable choice. (Sponsored Content)

Published: 3/11/2005

Incremental Automation Pays Dividends
While successful mold makers agree that automation is necessary to remain competitive, they often have different opinions about how to integrate automation. This mold maker does it in gradual phases, and in doing so, it drives shopfloor workers to r...

Published: 2/15/2005

Is Robotic Automation Becoming Practical For Low-Volume Production?
High-volume manufacturing and robotic automation go hand in hand. Machine-tending robots used in these production schemes need not be very flexible, as they may just load and unload one type of part hundreds of thousands of times.

Published: 12/14/2004

Multipurpose Part Conveyor
Most part conveyors will collect machining fluid as it drains from moving parts, but here's one with more versatility.