AUTOMATION

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.
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Universal Robots Works with Software Company on OPC UA Standardization

Universal Robots Works with Software Company on OPC UA Standardization

Rocketfarm’s URCap software translates information from the UR robot to OPC UA-compatible information.

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Roid Robot Arms Built for Okuma Machines

IMTS Spark: Okuma America’s Roid-series robots are designed specifically to integrate with the company’s own machine tools.

Midaco’s Automatic Pallet Changers Increase CNC Machine Efficiency

IMTS Spark: New automatic pallet changers from Midaco aim to increase CNC machine efficiency and overall productivity by eliminating spindle downtime and easing demands on the operator’s time.
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Software Updates Enhance Connectivity of Cobots from Productive Robotics

IMTS Spark: New software updates add 50 operational and ease-of-use features to the line of OB7 collaborative robots from Absolute Machine Tools’ partner Productive Robotics.
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Makino's MMC2 Automated Pallet System Improves Spindle Utilization

IMTS Spark: Makino’s MMC2 modular, automated material handling system Increases Production without adding staff or equipment.
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FANUC's QSSR Package Enables G-Code Programming of Machine-Tending Robots

IMTS Spark: FANUC America’s Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR) package enables its CNCs to control connected robots providing machine tending. 
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Hurco Partners with Cobot Integrator ProCobots

Combined with Hurco’s Automation Manager CNC feature, the partnership is expected to enable job shops to integrate collaborative robots into their processes with minimal effort. 

Universal Robots Works with Software Company on OPC UA Standardization

Rocketfarm’s URCap software translates information from the UR robot to OPC UA-compatible information.

Machine-Tending Automation Gets a Head Start

Making industrial robots more versatile without sacrificing speed or power stretches integration investments and attracts new business.

Hermle's HS Flex Heavy Work Handling System Stores Nine Pallets

Designed for the Performance-Line and High-Performance-Line of five-axis machining centers, Hermle’s HS Flex Heavy work handling system can move workpieces ranging to 1,200 kg.

LATEST Automation VIDEOS

Is Robotic Automation the Key to Drawing (and Keeping) New Employees?

Robotic automation is transforming a job that was perhaps a machine operator’s least-favorite work assignment into one that is not a heavy lift.  

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.

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.
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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 workforce.

Software Updates Enhance Cobot Programming, Monitoring

New software updates have added some 50 operational and ease-of-use features to the line of OB7 collaborative robots from Absolute Machine Tools’ partner Productive Robotics.

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.

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.

ABB Configures IRB 1100 for Wet, Dusty Environments

ABB has introduced a harsh environment version of its IRB 1100 robot and OmniCore controller designed with enhanced protection against water and dust.

FANUC's CRX-10iA Cobot Safely Handles 10-kg Parts

FANUC America’s CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L (long arm version) collaborative robots are said provide ease of use, reliability and safety with parts weighing up to 10 kg.