Intelligent Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

A new era of highly efficient, flexible and customizable mass production requires software and analytical systems that turn the deluge of data produced by intelligent factories into useful and valuable information.
Automation/Robotics: Articles

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.

Applied Robotics Appoints New President

John Serflilippi is the new president and interim chief executive officer of this manufacturer of robotic end-of-arm tooling.

DMG MORI Installation at Leeds University

The DMU 40 eVo linear in situ with Graham Brown.
The University selected a DMU 40 eVo linear for its 18,000 rpm spindle speed, 5-axis continuous machining capabilities, dynamic swivel rotary table, linear drives and small footprint..

National Robotics Week Encourages Interest in STEM

Yaskawa Motoman hosted students from local schools and universities, including Alter High School, Carroll High School, Franklin High School, Dayton Early College Academy, Edison Community College, Mother of Mercy, Sinclair Community College, The Ohio State University and Troy Christian. 
Yaskawa Motoman celebrated National Robotics Week by inspiring local students to become involved in STEM courses and pursue careers in robotics, where job opportunities continue to grow as more companies implement automation to meet production demands.


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.