Automation/Robotics

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.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

Intelligent Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The biggest challenge for intelligent metalworking shops is implementing the correct individualized manufacturing systems on the software side that can fit their unique needs and provide competitive advantages.
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: Essential for 5-Axis Machining Productivity

The robot picks the next job from the Lang Eco Tower and loads it to the MX520 5-axis machining center so that production can continue uninterrupted until all the vices on the tower have been completed.
What used to take seven or eight operations can now be done in two, and one job, which took three standard weeks can now be completed in three days with 24 hour running, according to the company's managing director.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Applied Robotics Adds New Director

Kevin Drummond, Applied Robotics   "Now is an excellent time to be joining the company. We have a highly skilled workforce, a loyal customer base and our products are best-in-class. We are in the perfect position to launch our exciting growth plans, increase our presence globally, and enhance the value of the solutions and services that enable our customers to realize their objectives."
Kevin Drummond is now responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing activities.

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.

 

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.