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Published: 6/19/2020

Video: Hurco Machining Center Adapted Into N95 Mask Production System
CNC machines can do more than we think. They are automation platforms for insourcing.

Published: 6/8/2020

Has COVID-19 Made a Case for Automation? Taught Us About People Instead
Recently posted articles offer various pictures of machining automation. Also, goodbyes to two long-time writers for MMS: Wayne Chaneski and Derek Korn.

Published: 6/1/2020

Machine-Tending Automation Gets a Head Start
Making industrial robots more versatile without sacrificing speed or power stretches integration investments and attracts new business.

Published: 5/21/2020

Autonomous Bin Picking for CNC Machining Applications
With the launch of a new application kit for collaborative robots, Universal Robots is creating a new option for lights-out machining. But the company may have tapped into a solution for a deeper problem: attracting millennials to the manufacturing ...

Published: 5/7/2019

What Robotics Means for the Cutting Tools Industry
Friend or foe? Helper or fiend? Here’s what robotics really mean for the cutting tools industry and which pitfalls to avoid.

Published: 4/25/2020

A Job Shop Approach to Automation
Through patient research and smart investing, this job shop has slowly grown its capabilities and is moving toward lights-out manufacturing for prototype work.

Published: 4/3/2020

Sometimes the Trickiest Part of CNC Machining Is Holding the Part
Finding a way to fixture contoured marine propellers proved to be this shop’s biggest challenge in developing an effective automated machining cell.

Published: 4/1/2020

Making Waves with Lathe Automation
After years of relying on an extensive machining cell for part production, this marine equipment manufacturer has now reduced part handling and improved quality through use of single-setup lathes and automated loading and unloading.

Published: 3/24/2020

Interest in Robotic Automation for CNC Machine Shops Increasing
Have you considered how robots can be beneficial to your shop?

Published: 3/11/2020

Cobot Fleet Addresses Labor Shortage
An Ohio manufacturer deployed nine collaborative robots to improve and optimize the work environment, automating hard-to-staff tasks such as machine tending, assembly and product inspection.