Robots & Automation

Machine-tending robots are often key components used to enable unattended or lights-out machining operations, adding capacity by taking advantage of time that’s currently unused, like nights and weekends. In many cases, robot integration enables shopfloor employees that were previously loading and unloading parts from machines to perform duties of greater value. Plus, today’s robots are faster and more intelligent than in years past and are also becoming increasingly viable for small-batch/high-mix production. In addition, collaborative robots, or “cobots,” use sensor technology that enables them function safely alongside humans in a shared work environment. That means no more isolating fencing is needed to separate worker and robot.
Plethora machinist Nemesis Contreras uses a tablet at her workstation in an example of machine shop digitalization
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Job Shop Automates Quoting and Programming

From quoting and design analysis to the application of tool paths, software automation facilitates custom-machined parts on demand and without middlemen.

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One Five-Axis Process, 10 Elements of Automation

The new five-axis machine at Phoenix Proto has a pallet pool with loading system, but there are many other less obvious elements of automation in this precision mold-machining process that are just as essential.

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