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Automation

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.

Additive Manufacturing

Video: Functional Excavator Features 3D-Printed Components

The cab, arm and heat exchanger were all 3D printed on the first excavator to feature major components produced additively.

Video: How Are We Doing? How Could We Do Better?

The presidents of three Top Shop manufacturing companies explain why benchmarking their businesses is important. It is a valuable tool that "shows how well or how bad you are doing." It pinpoints what to work on in order to emulate other top shops. It helps identify metrics for evaluating operations compared to your peers.
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Automation

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.

Why (and How) to Benchmark Your Machining Business

Doug Woods, president of AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, shares the importance of benchmarking your manufacturing business and how the Top Shops program and conference can help.
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Video: Building Your Business Through Benchmarking

Learn how this shop leverages the Top Shops program to build its business, boost company morale and better direct its improvement efforts.
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Additive Manufacturing

Video: Additive Manufacturing Is a Logistics Solution

UPS discusses its use of cloud-networked 3D printers to provide part-making near the point of end use.

Video: Are You a Top Shop?

If you are or if you aspire to be a top shop, come to our conference September 5-7 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Milling Tools

High-Productivity End Mills Made Possible Due to Tech of Penn Plant

Seco Tools cites the Stabilizer 2.0 end mill as an example of the type of product it is able to manufacture because of the grinding technology that has been part of the improvement of its Niagara Cutter facility.