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.

Willemin 508 MT machining center with automated part carousel
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Flexible Fixturing Supports Automation

Robotics and carousel systems with custom fixtures help Akron-based Slice Mfg. Studios process hundreds of medical devices unattended. 
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Collaborative Robot Gripper Design, Development: Four Trends You Need to Know

Safety standards, third-party certifications, plug-and-play packages and new sensor technology for grippers designed for collaborative robots are making them safer, stronger and easier to use.

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Dual-Gripper, Carbon-Fiber End Effector Increases Robot Productivity

All Axis Robotics has introduced a dual-gripper, carbon-fiber end effector for collaborative robots in the metal fabrication industry.



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