AUTOMATION & ROBOTS

Cobot Fleet Addresses Labor Shortage

An Ohio manufacturer deployed nine collaborative robots to improve and optimize the work environment, automating hard-to-staff tasks such as machine tending, assembly and product inspection.
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Nominate Your Emerging Leader Now!

Entries for Production Machining’s 2021 Emerging Leaders are now open. Nominations are due by June 1st, 2021, and will be announced in the September edition of Production Machining.      

Mitsubishi LoadMate Robotic Cell Streamlines Parts Loading, Unloading

Machine Tending Robotic Cell features portability, easy setup and programming, high performance and safety layout for both job shops and larger scale production environments.

Method Machine Tools’ JobShop Cell Pro Offers Multiple Infeed, Outfeed Options

System includes a RoboDrill D21SiBadv Vertical Machining Center Series, which has several different pre-engineered end-of-arm and infeed/outfeed options for a range of part and capacity requirements for medium-volume applications.

Small Conveyors for a Machine Shop’s 24/7 Needs

The modular, compact and portable design of the Lite Series conveyors make them easy to integrate with existing equipment and easy to move around when jobs or processes change frequently.

Automated JobShop Cell Pro Designed for High-Mix, Medium-Volume Machining

Machine accommodates multiple infeed and outfeed options for a range of part and capacity requirements.

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.

Quick-Change Robotic Arm Gripper Offers Part-Holding Flexibility

Kurt Workholding’s RV36 Gripper is a quick-change robotic arm gripper that saves space and improves efficiency with quick-change, customizable jaws and custom accessories.

Introduction to Industrial Artificial Intelligence

The systematic implementation of Industrial Artificial Intelligence enables secure data sharing among manufacturers, remote monitoring and operations, managing geographically distributed assets and more.

Acieta’s Mobile Collaborative Robot Increases Shop Capacity

FastLoad CX1000 is a simple to use, flexible cobot that can be outfitted with up to three modular carts to handle a wide variety of parts or allow more parts in the queue.

Automatic Pallet Changer Eliminates Unnecessary Spindle Downtime

Pallet changer system added to a machining center enables unattended machining.

VIDEOS

Video: Cobot Considerations

Before investing in a collaborative robot, consider conducting a risk assessment to make sure the man and machine are matched to the application.

Automated Grinding Cell Adds Capacity

Like many shops facing changes in customer demands, Pennsylvania-based American Turned Products (ATP) is making the necessary adjustments and adding operations to continue to compete in the difficult, high volume market. One of those adjustments is the company’s recent installation of an automated centerless grinding cell.

Taking a Big Step

This Indiana shop made a leap from manual machining and basic CNC technology to a sophisticated turning cell and has not looked back. It's been a customer driven transition.

Okuma Robotic Roid Series Offers Options for Machine Tending

Roid series provides simple, reliable robotics for automating machining tasks.

Automation Idea for a Social-Distanced Halloween?

Maybe not. But, the candy-throwing robots at MetalQuest’s Nebraska facility do enable the contract machine shop to stand out at career fairs and similar events.

Benefits of Renting or Leasing an Industrial Robot

Choosing a robot rental or leasing plan might be a wise business decision compared with purchasing a robot outright.
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Automated Hard Turning, Grinding on One Platform

This inverted vertical turning machine can perform hard turning and grinding of chucked components such as gears while loading and unloading material and completed parts itself.

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.

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.