AUTOMATION

Automation

Automating Small NC Programming Tasks Pays Off Big Over Time

What started as a few Java macros the programmer whipped up to make life easier has grown to a shop-wide file management system integrated into other software, such as Vericut. 
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URCap Interface Stores Programs

VersaBuilt’s CNC communication URCap is an interface for machine-tending applications with Universal Robots.

Automation

FastArc Standardized Cells Facilitate Entry into Robotic Welding

To help manufacturers adopt new robotic welding capabilities quickly and inexpensively, Acieta has developed FastArc standard weld cells.

Additive Manufacturing

Machining, Disruption and the Years Ahead

Three major technological advancements have changed modern manufacturing. Pay attention or get left behind.
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HMCs

Horizontal Machining Plus Automation Prove to Be a Rewarding Investment

After watching a machinist take four hours to set up a part on a VMC, Dan Olsen of Mach Machine knew he had a problem. The solution seemed clear: horizontal machining. The automation system wasn’t expected; but the novelty was well worth it before long. 
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OnRobot Gecko Gripper Replaces Vacuum Solutions

Grippers from OnRobot offers an alternative to vacuum solutions, replacing compressed air with tactile technology that adheres to surfaces the same way geckos climb. 

Cutting Tools

Cutting Tool Manufacturer Grows on Diversification, Automation

A new, heavily automated facility helps Tool-Flo supply new customers with grooving, threading and other indexable cutting tools.

Omron Collaborative Robots Automate Repetitive Tasks

A solution for automating the most repetitive products tasks is now available from Omron Automation Americas. 

Automation

If at First Your CNC Machine Shop Doesn’t Succeed with Robots, Automate Again

Alexandria Industries struggled with its first robotic machining cell. However, the aluminum extrusion components manufacturer — now with more than 20 robots — discovered that by simplifying and standardizing its automation strategy, it could reap the benefits of unattended machining even for relatively low batch sizes.

Automation

Mid-Size APC Well-Suited to VMCs

Eastec 2019: Midaco’s A4020SD mid-size automatic pallet changer (APC) is designed to be used with VMCs X and Y travels measuring 40" and 20", respectively.