AUTOMATION & ROBOTS

Machining Centers & Milling Machines

Human-Like Robot Automates Secondary Machining Operations

Two seven-axis robots enable two second-op mills to run lights out eight hours in the evenings to win 64 hours of unattended machining time per week for this Ventura, California, shop.

Automation & Robots

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.

Turning Machines

3D Printing Creates a Window of Automation Opportunity

For this Omaha shop, periodic part inspection required an automated turning cell to pause production. Printing a plastic parts collection chute for delivery outside the cell solved this problem, and it turns out the shop has found 3D printing to be valuable in many other ways.
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Automation & Robots

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.

Automation & Robots

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.

Turn-Mills

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.

Automation & Robots

Programmable Gages Help Create Automation Cell

Conroe Machine (Conroe, Texas) is doing what most machine shops only dream of: hard turning a family of parts around the clock in an unmanned cell that operates a “self-controlled” process.

Automation & Robots

Quick Change-Over with Gantry Loader

This gantry loader is designed to address common concerns about robots being too complicated, too expensive or requiring too much changeover time.