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Published: 12/19/2013

Checklist for Lights-Out Manufacturing
Many shops of various sizes are trying to hop on the lights-out bandwagon. This article looks at some things to consider and check out before “hopping.”

Published: 11/15/2013

Labor Savings in Grinding
Representatives of a grinding equipment supplier comment on how this critical process can be made more efficient.

Published: 10/16/2013

A Robotic (R)evolution
This shop’s evolving approach to automation has led it to streamline processes, challenge preconceived notions about robotics and embrace the notion that a manufacturing sequence is greater than the sum of its parts.

Published: 9/16/2013

Robotic Part Handling Reduces Labor Costs
To remain competitive, many manufacturing companies are looking for accurate, reliable and maintenance-free machine tools offering fast change-over, programming and setup.

Published: 8/16/2013

From Aggravation to Lights-Out Production
Automated machining has transformed this South Carolina shop. However, achieving unattended production involved far more than just shutting off the lights.

Published: 8/15/2013

The Unexpected Advantages of Robotic Automation
This shop justified the robot solely through improved use of labor. Other benefits came to light after the automation arrived.

Published: 7/29/2013

Quick Change-Over with Gantry Loader
This gantry loader is designed to address common concerns about robots being too complicated, too expensive or requiring too much changeover time.

Published: 6/14/2013

Win-Win Scenario Automates a High Volume Turning Operation
What started as a sales call from Bucci Industries to Methods Machine Tools evolved into a true success story at Gardner Denver's Fort Worth, Texas facility.

Published: 5/6/2013

Space-Efficient Automation for CNC Lathes
Loader moves entirely within the footprint of the machine.

Published: 4/23/2013

Automation at Aztalan Engineering
A contract manufacturer expands its capacity using various approaches to feeding the machines.