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Published: 5/1/2017

The Key to Success with Flexible Machining Cells Is People
This aerospace component manufacturer is committed to flexible machining cells for producing complex parts for the latest commercial airliner programs. Its newest cell adds both capacity and capability—and takes the company to a new level of c...

Published: 4/19/2017

Don’t Be in the Dark with Lights-Out Machining
Certain things must be considered before taking on lights-out machining in a shop. Think about the following points that are only some examples of what to consider prior to implementing lights-out machining.

Published: 4/3/2017

Putting the “Feed” in Zero-Defect Through-Feed Grinding
An automated grinding, inspection and packaging cell churns out two fragile automotive parts per second with zero defects.

Published: 1/1/2017

Mold Manufacturing Automation Leaves No Part Behind
The right mindset, the right five-axis technology and an intuitive approach to palletization help this mold shop extend automated control to the majority of its high-mix work.

Published: 10/13/2016

Reducing Production Times with Robotic Automation
A complete overhaul of its processes using lean principles helped this shop improve production by almost 90 percent.

Published: 9/1/2016

Vertical Machining Cells Challenge Horizontal Dominance
When part volumes are high, and success is measured in pennies and seconds, moving away from horizontal machines requires creative thinking about robotics, cutting tools, workholding and more.

Published: 8/18/2016

Increase Throughput with Off-the-Shelf Automation
This automated parts accumulator is designed to complement any bar-fed CNC lathe, providing hours of profitable, unattended operation by safely collecting and organizing finished parts.

Published: 6/17/2016

Flexible Automation on a VMC
Robot loading and unloading of the workholding that is used in the machining center facilitates the ability to change jobs during an unattended run.

Published: 6/1/2016

Machining Critical Crane Components
By investing in a new horizontal machining center with a two-axis head and a six-station pallet pool, this crane OEM is making critical components for telescopic booms in one setup and running lights-out.

Published: 5/23/2016

Automated Grinding Cell Adds Capacity
Like many shops facing changes in customer demands, Pennsylvania-based American Turned Products (ATP) is making the necessary adjustments and adding operations to continue to compete in the difficult, high volume market. One of those adjustments is ...