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Published: 3/11/2005

Incremental Automation Pays Dividends
While successful mold makers agree that automation is necessary to remain competitive, they often have different opinions about how to integrate automation. This mold maker does it in gradual phases, and in doing so, it drives shopfloor workers to r...

Published: 2/15/2005

Is Robotic Automation Becoming Practical For Low-Volume Production?
High-volume manufacturing and robotic automation go hand in hand. Machine-tending robots used in these production schemes need not be very flexible, as they may just load and unload one type of part hundreds of thousands of times.

Published: 12/14/2004

Multipurpose Part Conveyor
Most part conveyors will collect machining fluid as it drains from moving parts, but here's one with more versatility.

Published: 10/21/2004

Automating CNC Lathe Part Loading/Unloading
Read about how you can automate the loading/unloading of your CNC lathes to reduce the labor cost on longer running jobs.

Published: 6/25/2004

Turning On To Compact Bar Feeders
Compact bar feeders deliver the performance and capacity needed for this turning cell to run in a largely unattended mode.

Published: 5/5/2004

Just Enough Automation
Automated gantry loaders helped this shop make the transition from job shop to product line manufacturer.

Published: 4/2/2004

The Process Before The Program
CAM automation can change the very focus of the programmer’s attention. Reduced programming time is only one of the benefits.

Published: 1/25/2004

Classy Shop, Classy Cells
The automated EDM cells in this shop are distinguished by their thoughtful design and careful attention to detail--as is the rest of the shop.

Published: 1/20/2004

Investing In New Business
When this South Carolina screw machine shop started losing jobs to China, it looked for ways to replace the lost business with more challenging jobs where labor costs are not the only consideration. The firm invested in a pair of turn-mill machines ...

Published: 11/1/2003

Globally Integrated Machining
To serve global customers, this company manufactures plastic injection molds on a global basis. It does this not by outsourcing to overseas shops but rather by partnering with the right ones. The key is consistency from mold to mold, continent to co...