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Published: 6/19/2014

Automation System Loads up Expandability, Scalability and Precision
Determining the scope of an automation system involves trying to anticipate a facility’s future needs, and system design, assembly and installation can include long lead times and significant expense.

Published: 3/17/2014

Get a Grip on Workhandling
Machine tool builders are moving away from hydraulics and pneumatics to conserve energy and reduce costs.

Published: 2/18/2014

Compact Cylindrical Grinding Machine for High Production
United Grinding recently introduced its Studer S11 small-parts production grinding machine to the North American market. An online video demonstrates an interesting cam-actuated loading system that’s available with the machine.

Published: 2/13/2014

Technology Advances Automation Trends
Shops of all sizes looking for better efficiency are realizing the benefits of a deeper investment into automation.

Published: 12/19/2013

Checklist for Lights-Out Manufacturing
Many shops of various sizes are trying to hop on the lights-out bandwagon. This article looks at some things to consider and check out before “hopping.”

Published: 11/15/2013

Labor Savings in Grinding
Representatives of a grinding equipment supplier comment on how this critical process can be made more efficient.

Published: 10/16/2013

A Robotic (R)evolution
This shop’s evolving approach to automation has led it to streamline processes, challenge preconceived notions about robotics and embrace the notion that a manufacturing sequence is greater than the sum of its parts.

Published: 9/16/2013

Robotic Part Handling Reduces Labor Costs
To remain competitive, many manufacturing companies are looking for accurate, reliable and maintenance-free machine tools offering fast change-over, programming and setup.

Published: 8/16/2013

From Aggravation to Lights-Out Production
Automated machining has transformed this South Carolina shop. However, achieving unattended production involved far more than just shutting off the lights.

Published: 8/15/2013

The Unexpected Advantages of Robotic Automation
This shop justified the robot solely through improved use of labor. Other benefits came to light after the automation arrived.