Robots & Automation

Productive Robotics’ OB-7 Offers Longer Reach

OB7-Stretch can tend multiple machines at one time when the robot needs to reach more than one machine and when the robot needs to reach deeply into a machine.

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.

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.

MecSoft Forms Partnership with RoboDK

The partnership will enable users of MecSoft’s CAM products to transfer 2½- through five-axis tool paths to RoboDK software.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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