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Published: 7/29/2013

Quick Change-Over with Gantry Loader
This gantry loader is designed to address common concerns about robots being too complicated, too expensive or requiring too much changeover time.

Published: 6/14/2013

Win-Win Scenario Automates a High Volume Turning Operation
What started as a sales call from Bucci Industries to Methods Machine Tools evolved into a true success story at Gardner Denver's Fort Worth, Texas facility.

Published: 5/6/2013

Space-Efficient Automation for CNC Lathes
Loader moves entirely within the footprint of the machine.

Published: 4/23/2013

Automation at Aztalan Engineering
A contract manufacturer expands its capacity using various approaches to feeding the machines.

Published: 3/18/2013

Automation without Enclosures
A new line of robot arms can safely function alongside personnel with no safety guarding in many cases.

Published: 2/25/2013

A Tidy Turning Cell
This compact cell offers automated turning and inspection for extended periods of unattended operation.

Published: 12/27/2012

Running Remotely
Everybody talks about unattended machining operations and many have implemented it in varying degrees. Since day one, this Dayton, Ohio shop has never operated any other way.

Published: 8/20/2012

Lights-Out Machining Requires 'Dimming the Lights'
Lights-out machining requires organization, preparation and automation, and readying workpieces, cutting tools and CNC programs for long, unattended operation.

Published: 4/17/2012

A Sampling of Advanced Technologies at FANUC
Here are some of my impressions about the technologies I saw during a recent trip to FANUC’s headquarters in Japan.

Published: 3/20/2012

Shop Gains Process Control with Automation
Eliminating variability from the manufacturing flow is a goal for most shops. Automation can allow reallocation of resources to accomplish this.