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Video: Automation Inside the Workzone

What is automation? Not just a robot. Technology for holding, moving and measuring the part inside the machine can also achieve considerable time and labor savings.

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Hear “automation,” and we usually think of something external to the machine, such as a robot or gantry loader. Okuma produced this video in which the company’s Jeff Estes points out that time-saving automation can also be achieved using components that locate entirely inside the machine tool. The options he cites here include a Koma Precision rotary table, Schunk quick-change vise, and probing for part measurement and tool break detection.

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