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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...

Published: 10/1/2003

You Can Automate More Than You Think
This shop expedites 3D milling work by reducing its dependence on employees for all of the information-related tasks that occur before the machining center can start to cut.

Published: 7/15/2003

Moving Parts, Moving Data, Keeping People
This Plant's labor-saving automation includes hardware for updating CNC offsets to adjust for gradual process changes. When the plant adopted its automated system, management thought carefully about the impact on staffing.

Published: 7/15/2003

Sourcing Automation
A new kind of 'automation project manager' helped this company install a roboticized machining cell, the first of several now operating in its plant.

Published: 4/15/2003

Automation's Extended Reach
The experience of a Windsor mold shop offers an object lesson in machine shop automation. In an interconnected process, automating one aspect of the process offered benefits beyond what the initial planning had led the shop to expect.

Published: 9/15/2002

Automating The Mold Shop
This shop produces dies and molds around the clock 7 days a week, yet most of the time no one is there.

Published: 2/15/2002

On The Path To Automation
Implementing an integrated tooling system proved to be this mold shop's first step toward automated operation of its electrical discharge machines and graphite mills. Today, the shop's robotic cells can run around the clock in an unattended ...

Published: 11/15/2001

Secondary Machining--Without The Tears
This automated machining cell is reaping the advantages of balanced operations—and avoiding most of the problems that usually go with it.

Published: 9/15/2001

Autoloading For Short Runs
Not too long ago, automatic load-unload was strictly for long production runs. Here is a system that makes it cost effective for short-run turning.

Published: 5/15/2001

Reinventing The Robot For The Job Shop
A compact robot that rolls out of the way when not needed/wanted provides the perfect solution to this shop's automation needs.