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Published: 8/19/2019

Shop Doubles Production Capacity with Robotic Machine Tending
In an unusual case of workers pleading for the adoption of machine-tending robots, Fusion OEM has realized great increases in capacity while freeing up machinists to more complex tasks.

Published: 8/14/2019

August 2019 Product Spotlight: Robots & Automation
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on robotic arm and related technologies.

Published: 8/8/2019

News of Note: August 2019
A market development agreement on a new finishing process, a conference on quick-response manufacturing, new robotics training centers in the United States, and other industry news.

Published: 7/31/2019

A Shop that Lets a Machine Load Itself
Instead of investing in an external robotic loading system, this shop decided to go the lean way and have the machine tool itself take over part loading and unloading.

Published: 7/23/2019

How Robots and Additive Manufacturing Work Together
The July issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine takes a close look at the ways automation and AM overlap, from part handling to 3D printing with robotic arms. 

Published: 6/24/2019

Improper Cobot Integration Can Cost $86,000 per Shift Operation
Cobots can improve efficiency, innovation and growth, but companies that buy them without well-defined objectives could be wasting a lot of money.

Published: 6/11/2019

4 Key Criteria for Industrial Drive Specification
With automation shaping the landscape for industrial drive selection, it is vital for machine tool manufacturers to understand defining specification criteria.

Published: 6/2/2019

Can Vision and Artificial Intelligence Make Every Robot Collaborative?
That is the aim of this Boston-area startup. This year, it expects to come to market with technology to make even fast and powerful industrial robots safe to approach. The technology promises to eliminate the need for guarding around them ...

Published: 5/23/2019

3 Mindset Changes for Lights-Out CNC Machining
Expanding capacity into the unattended hours calls for counterintuitive new ways of thinking about the work.

Published: 5/14/2019

In Lights-Out Machining, Part Loading Is Not the Problem — Here is How This Shop Handles Unloading
Correct unloading of the parts affects part quality as well as the capacity of the unattended machining system. Here is more of the experience from our “168” shop.