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Published: 1/14/2020

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: 11/25/2019

3 Major Trends in Manufacturing (And They All Begin with “A”)
Peter Zelinski sees three long-term trends that continue to reshape manufacturing.

Published: 11/22/2019

A Hands-On Approach to Cobot Gripping
As humans and robots begin to work closer together, grippers that have the flexibility of the human hand will be more in demand.

Published: 11/9/2019

The Tie Between Technology and People
Top Shops data analysis shows that investment in employees more directly correlates to profit margin than investment in equipment. Still, careful consideration of new technology matters.

Published: 11/6/2019

Metalworking News of Note: November 2019 adds an RFQ service for its users, Sandvik Coromant begins construction on new tech center in North Carolina, and other news from the metalworking industry. 

Published: 11/5/2019

Customizing Collaborative Robots with 3D Printing
A company that helps manufacturing companies implement collaborative robots has found that additive manufacturing can produce custom parts for these systems faster and cheaper than machining.

Published: 11/2/2019

Video: How to Succeed at Lights-Out Machining — Findings from Top Shops Data
Differences in machine shops’ profit margins suggest the value of improvement methodology, unattended machining and machine tool monitoring, as well as the effective combination of all three of these.

Published: 10/25/2019

Tour a Large New Robotics and Automation Facility
Here’s a look at FANUC America’s new 461,000-square-foot warehouse, R&D and testing facility it recently opened in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Published: 6/3/2019

Tackling the Aerospace Supplier’s Dilemma: Scalability
Automation and robotics can go a long way toward increasing capacity and growing a business dedicated to aerospace manufacturing. But Trinity Precision has learned that refining the indirect and unseen aspects of its operations can be just as valuab...

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.