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Published: 2/20/2018

A Beginner’s Guide to Automation
While many shops are enjoying the production benefits of robotic part handling, others are struggling to tackle the first steps of implementation. Here’s a basic guide to help provide clarity on where to begin.

Published: 1/1/2018

An Automation System for a Job Shop Environment
A flexible robotic part-loading and unloading system enables a small Indiana shop to boost production without a large investment.

Published: 11/1/2017

One Five-Axis Process, 10 Elements of Automation
The new five-axis machine at Phoenix Proto has a pallet pool with loading system, but there are many other less obvious elements of automation in this precision mold-machining process that are just as essential.

Published: 9/14/2017

Preparing for Lights-Out Production
As manufacturers face the challenges of reducing cost-per-part while meeting quality and delivery demands, adding a workerless third shift is a tantalizing possibility. It’s also a bit scary.

Published: 8/23/2017

Captive Shop Must Still Compete
Often, a captive shop seems to have it made by job shop standards. In the case of this division of ITW Welding, “work is not given, it’s earned.”

Published: 6/15/2017

Robot Monitoring Provides Safe, Flexible Automation
Working hand-in-hand with customers to further develop robot safety technologies, ABB recently introduced SafeMove2, which provides added capabilities to allow for the creation of more efficient and flexible production scenarios and to integrate saf...

Published: 5/1/2017

The Key to Success with Flexible Machining Cells Is People
This aerospace component manufacturer is committed to flexible machining cells for producing complex parts for the latest commercial airliner programs. Its newest cell adds both capacity and capability—and takes the company to a new level of commitm...

Published: 4/19/2017

Don’t Be in the Dark with Lights-Out Machining
Certain things must be considered before taking on lights-out machining in a shop. Think about the following points that are only some examples of what to consider prior to implementing lights-out machining.

Published: 4/3/2017

Putting the “Feed” in Zero-Defect Through-Feed Grinding
An automated grinding, inspection and packaging cell churns out two fragile automotive parts per second with zero defects.

Published: 1/1/2017

Mold Manufacturing Automation Leaves No Part Behind
The right mindset, the right five-axis technology and an intuitive approach to palletization help this mold shop extend automated control to the majority of its high-mix work.