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Published: 10/13/2017

Video: High Production Rate on VMCs Using Robotic Automation
This “Twin Cell” system uses one robot to deliver work into the cell and another robot to load both of the machines. The choice to remove machine doors enables faster load/unload time between machining cycles.

Published: 10/9/2017

Manufacturing News of Note: October 2017
Industry technology partnerships, a management buyout, and other industry news.

Published: 10/5/2017

Buying an HMC: Tooling and Workholding Considerations
Is it time to move up to an HMC? Let’s look at tooling- and workholding-related concerns that those interested in acquiring an HMC will want to keep in mind.

Published: 9/23/2017

Two-Man Startup Automates Eyewear Production
Lowercase Eyewear needed a cost-effective way to produce eyewear in the United States. A Robotiq gripper on a UR5 collaborative robot arm enabled repeatable, consistent production so employees could work on more labor-intensive projects.

Published: 8/18/2017

Automation Events Highlight Deburring
This tedious, costly and complex operation was one focus of two complementary, same-day events that covered virtually every aspect of industrial robotic automation.

Published: 8/1/2017

Europe Meets USA
European Correspondent Barbara Schulz’s recent visit to U.S. shops revealed some of the technologies American manufacturers apply and the challenges they face as they work to become more globally competitive.

Published: 7/31/2017

Video: This Mobile Cobot Frees Machinists from an Inefficient Secondary Process
Otto Motors’ self-driving vehicle combined with Yaskawa Motoman robot arms takes over a tedious manual process that was hanging up Hirotec’s lean manufacturing goals.

Published: 7/21/2017

Workholding System Suits Five-Axis Machining by Clamping Underneath
The clearance is an added benefit of the quick-change system, potentially facilitating five-axis as an automation tool.

Published: 7/14/2017

Submerged in Robotics
The new Denso IP67 submersible robot doesn’t mind a shower of metalworking coolant, which makes it ideal for tending CNC machines inside their enclosures. This capability was demoed during the company’s 50 years of robotics celebration its newest tr...

Published: 6/19/2017

Improvement Versus Reinvention: Impressions from Virginia
A three-day journey through Virginia shows advanced manufacturing’s concern with pursuing lean principles when facing challenges rooted in the past and arriving on the horizon.