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Published: 6/8/2011

Effective Hole Making Via Robotic Orbital Drilling
New technology may enable robotic drilling to be more commonplace in machine shops by overcoming the issue of limited robot rigidity.

Published: 6/3/2011

Make Maximum Use of the Magazine
This shop streamlined its selection of cutting tools to machine a number of parts on a pallet system. Cutting down on cutters delivered other benefits as well.

Published: 2/15/2011

A Streamlined Alternative for Automated Tool Manufacturing
This automated, single-machine system enables tool manufacturers to completely grind mixed batches of varying tool types and sizes unattended.

Published: 2/10/2011

Incremental Automation
This machine tool supplier sees shops searching for just a little bit of unattended capacity. Many shops are closer to obtaining this extra capacity than they realize.

Published: 1/21/2011

Take the Highland Road
From programming to setup to production, this Ohio job shop plans everything it does around untended machining. The company has been refining the process for more than a decade and has become very good at it.

Published: 1/19/2011

Five Options for Higher Productivity
Today’s market is more competitive and time-driven than ever, and seemingly small workflow improvements can often result in huge gains in the medium and long term. Accuracy and throughput can be greatly increased simply by choosing the best tool for...

Published: 12/21/2010

The Employee-Owned Advantage
This Ohio shop is 100-percent employee-owned. Thus, both management and shopfloor employees recognize the importance of optimizing efficiency wherever possible. Thanks to a strong willingness to invest in and embrace new technologies, sales-per-empl...

Published: 9/22/2010

From Blank to Box
Global Gear & Machining created a new cell that requires no human intervention.

Published: 9/20/2010

The Many Sides of Workholding
Here's a broad look at different ways to approach workholding based upon the requirements of the application.

Published: 3/17/2010

Robotic Automation's Challenges, Solutions and Benefits
This article looks at considerations for implementing robotic automation.