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Published: 9/11/2019

Getting Ready for Lights-Out Manufacturing
Lights-out manufacturing has the potential to save money while increasing capacity, but shops need the right equipment and to address potential challenges before implementing it.

Published: 9/6/2019

Increasing Employee Output Through Automation: Here is What We Found in 7 Recent Shop Visits
Modern Machine Shop editors routinely visit machining facilities to report on shops that are succeeding. Here is what our editors found on seven recent shop visits, all related to using labor more efficiently.

Published: 9/1/2019

Is Robotic Automation the Key to Drawing (and Keeping) New Employees?
Robotic automation is transforming a job that was perhaps a machine operator’s least-favorite work assignment into one that is not a heavy lift.  

Published: 8/31/2019

Merging Advances: Lights-Out Machining Combines Automation and Focused Process Improvement
One of the most significant developments in machining right now is easy to miss because it is the union of two different advances coming together.

Published: 8/29/2019

A Shop Where a Machine Loads Itself
Instead of investing in an external robotic loading system, this shop adopted technology that lets a machine tool load parts on its own.

Published: 8/26/2019

5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Robot
Start simple, and you’ll be successful.

Published: 8/19/2019

Shop Doubles Production Capacity with Robotic Machine Tending
In an unusual case of workers pleading for the adoption of machine-tending robots, Fusion OEM has realized great increases in capacity while freeing up machinists to more complex tasks.

Published: 8/14/2019

August 2019 Product Spotlight: Robots & Automation
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on robotic arm and related technologies.

Published: 8/8/2019

News of Note: August 2019
A market development agreement on a new finishing process, a conference on quick-response manufacturing, new robotics training centers in the United States, and other industry news.

Published: 7/23/2019

How Robots and Additive Manufacturing Work Together
The July issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine takes a close look at the ways automation and AM overlap, from part handling to 3D printing with robotic arms.