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Published: 2/23/2015

Strongest Year Ever for Robots in North America
North American companies ordered more than 27,000 robots last year, says industry group—a 28-percent increase over the prior year.

Published: 1/26/2015

Video: Machinist Describes His New Role with Robot
Do robots in manufacturing replace people? Here is a machinist who now programs the robot that performs some of the work that he used to do.

Published: 1/6/2015

Product Spotlight: Robots & Automation
View the January slideshow for automation products ranging from welding robots to workpiece transport systems.

Published: 8/11/2014

How Much Can Unattended Production Add?
Using a horizontal machining center, this shop kept production going through two 10-hour shifts per day. That seemed like a lot, but a pallet system enabled the shop to go even further.

Published: 8/4/2014

Video: Automation Adds Jobs at Vickers Engineering
Rather than being a replacement for employees, this machined parts supplier says robotic automation has led to a doubling of the size of its staff.

Published: 5/20/2014

Automation Moving Forward
There are numerous factors that suggest that machine-tending robots will soon be much more commonplace in U.S. shops.

Published: 5/7/2014

Video: Leveraging Magnets for Robot Flexibility
Need to move both round and flat workpieces with a robotic arm? Magnetic end-of-arm tooling makes it possible to handle both of these shapes interchangeably, as the video in this article demonstrates.

Published: 5/1/2014

Robot Machining Unit
A robot-based machine tool provides a simple and flexible option for certain machining applications.

Published: 2/27/2014

Lights-Out Machining and Long-Term Agreements Go Together
The value of a contractual agreement to keep on supplying the same part number to a customer is even greater than many shops realize.

Published: 2/19/2014

Cylindrical Grinding Machine Tour Launches
United Grinding recently introduced its Studer S11 small-parts production grinding machine to the North American market on the USS Yorktown. You’ll soon be able to see it, too, as it embarks on an eight-city tour, which started Feb. 19.