Internet 4.0 Innovations for Machine Tools

Take a look at how PC-based control technology is turning visionary Industry 4.0 concepts into profitable "smart factories" through the use of Google Glass in automation, all-in-one robot and machine tool control, and standard OPC UA connectivity.
Automation/Robotics: Articles

Universal Robots Creates App Store

This online platform features accessories, hardware, and software used to operate robots.

Beckhoff North America has New President

Aurelio Banda (right) will become president of Beckhoff Automation LLC on January 1, 2015. The subsidiary’s current president, Graham Harris (left), will assume a regional management position as part of a planned transition from the leadership role he has held since 2003.
Aurelio Banda takes over North American operations on January 1.

Mazak Factories Unveil Smart Manufacturing Vision

The plants are fully integrating machines, cells and devices, using MTConnect for process control and operation monitoring.

Secomea Joins Mitsubishi Electric Automation Program

Their software provides access for remote maintenance of machine tool HMIs and PLCs, regardless of the connection method.

FANUC Collaborates with Rockwell Automation

The goal is to expand seamless, highly integrated automation solutions in CNC and robotic applications.


Automation/Robotics: Products

Advanced Robotics, Automation for Manufacturing Cells

Designed for both small batch and high volume production, the FlexMT increases spindle utilization by up to 60 percent over manual machine tending. The system can handle most any size and type of part, and is compatible with a wide range of machine tools, including horizontal and vertical lathes, machining centers, 5-axis machines and grinders. 
ABB Robotics offers the new IRB1200 robot family, the FlexMT machine tending cell, and part handling with the higher payload FlexPicker delta robot for job shops of varying sizes serving different industry sectors.

How a Flexible Manufacturing System Advances the Science of Machining

Take a look at how this flexible manufacturing system (FMS) from Makino has become a cost-competitive solution for the high-mix, low-volume production requirements at Micro-Mechanics.

Unattended Machining

This automated machine-tending package, designed by Gosiger Automation, features a Fanuc M-10iA six-axis, industrial robot integrated to a Hardinge T-51 CNC multi-function sub-spindle lathe and a Renishaw Equator™ programmable comparative gage.
The ultimate goal in the trend toward greater automation in machine shops is unattended machining. Here is a review of some of the latest integrated machine tool systems that can help shops achieve that goal.