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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.

Published: 5/23/2019

3 Mindset Changes for Lights-Out CNC Machining
Expanding capacity into the unattended hours calls for counterintuitive new ways of thinking about the work.

Published: 9/27/2019

Fill the Night Shift with a Machine-Tending Cobot
When a large order necessitated adding a third shift, Toolcraft was having trouble hiring anyone to cover it. By investing in a UR5e collaborative robot from Universal Robots, the shop quickly achieved 24/7 production as well as time savin...

Published: 9/23/2019

5 Impressions of EMO 2019, from Automated to Autonomous Manufacturing
The robot show? Not quite that. But automation and the expectation of processes that can run unattended if needed are clearly core to manufacturing now.

Published: 8/31/2019

Merging Advances: Lights-Out Machining Combines Automation and Focused Process Improvement
One of the most significant developments in machining right now is easy to miss because it is the union of two different advances coming together.

Published: 8/26/2019

5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Robot
Start simple, and you’ll be successful.

Published: 8/19/2019

Shop Doubles Production Capacity with Robotic Machine Tending
In an unusual case of workers pleading for the adoption of machine-tending robots, Fusion OEM has realized great increases in capacity while freeing up machinists to more complex tasks.