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Published: 5/5/2004

Just Enough Automation
Automated gantry loaders helped this shop make the transition from job shop to product line manufacturer.

Published: 4/2/2004

The Process Before The Program
CAM automation can change the very focus of the programmer’s attention. Reduced programming time is only one of the benefits.

Published: 1/25/2004

Classy Shop, Classy Cells
The automated EDM cells in this shop are distinguished by their thoughtful design and careful attention to detail--as is the rest of the shop.

Published: 1/20/2004

Investing In New Business
When this South Carolina screw machine shop started losing jobs to China, it looked for ways to replace the lost business with more challenging jobs where labor costs are not the only consideration. The firm invested in a pair of turn-mill machines ...

Published: 11/1/2003

Globally Integrated Machining
To serve global customers, this company manufactures plastic injection molds on a global basis. It does this not by outsourcing to overseas shops but rather by partnering with the right ones. The key is consistency from mold to mold, continent to co...

Published: 10/1/2003

You Can Automate More Than You Think
This shop expedites 3D milling work by reducing its dependence on employees for all of the information-related tasks that occur before the machining center can start to cut.

Published: 7/15/2003

Moving Parts, Moving Data, Keeping People
This Plant's labor-saving automation includes hardware for updating CNC offsets to adjust for gradual process changes. When the plant adopted its automated system, management thought carefully about the impact on staffing.

Published: 7/15/2003

Sourcing Automation
A new kind of 'automation project manager' helped this company install a roboticized machining cell, the first of several now operating in its plant.

Published: 4/15/2003

Automation's Extended Reach
The experience of a Windsor mold shop offers an object lesson in machine shop automation. In an interconnected process, automating one aspect of the process offered benefits beyond what the initial planning had led the shop to expect.

Published: 9/15/2002

Automating The Mold Shop
This shop produces dies and molds around the clock 7 days a week, yet most of the time no one is there.

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