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As Seen In Modern Machine Shop
A system for automatically swapping both workpieces and workholding enables a robot-loaded VMC to be quickly reconfigured for a new or modified job. The same system lets the robot change jobs in the midst of an unattended run. Thanks to the extra capacity from unattended production, the motorcycle part maker that developed this system has finally stopped shipping products late during the busiest part of its year.
Video: Robot Changes Vise Jaws for Continuous Machining
If a robot can load and unload parts, why can’t it do the same for workholding? Here is video of a robot changing the vise jaws so the same machining center can run different operations in unattended machining.