Automation/Robotics

Augmented Reality Technology: The Future is Here!

Smart technologies and augmented reality are a growing part of the future of manufacturing. Shops must embrace this growing interaction between humans and computer systems in order to remain competitive in the future. Are you ready?
Experts
Automation/Robotics: Articles

Sheariously Awesome Ironworker Automation

Automating the shear section of an ironworker with a simple stop and some software is a relatively easy way to reduce cycle times on both shearing and setup and improve part accuracy, eliminate rework, and improve material yield.

Industry 4.0 for Sheet Metal Manufacturers

Factories in the future will be able to run automatically, for the most part. We are only at the start of this revolution, with a lot more development and integration to come, covering every aspect of a business and the performance of its machinery and resources.

Automated Deburring of Mission-Critical Parts

Burrs cannot be part of the equation in mission-critical part applications. Here are some ways to switch from manual to automated deburring to improve part-to-part consistency and quality, produce more parts per shifts and increase uptime, and reduce labor costs and time lost to operator injuries. 

Automating Special Surface Finishing Tasks

Demand is growing for defined finishing of single, high value parts with complex or freeform surfaces that cannot touch each other during the process. Here are some fully automated systems that perform all-around surface treatment of parts, target specific surface areas for finishing, and guarantee absolute repeatable finishing results for each part. 

Shaping Tomorrow’s Production

A new IT services platform supports the entire production value chain – regardless of the manufacturer – with modular solutions that allow shops to transition into Industry 4.0 at their own speed, step by step. 

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Atlas Technologies Increases Machining Capacity

They install a new Haas VF-12 Series VMC to meet increasing production and quality demands.

LVD Strippit Opens Two New Regional Customer Support Centers

Their Southeast facility opens in Charlotte, NC, and their Southwest center opens in Dallas, TX.

TigerStop Hires New CEO

Rakesh Sridharan is their new chief executive officer of worldwide operations.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

Affordable Wireless Shop Floor Tech

The WiFi USB Connect from Shop Floor Automations emulates a USB stick by allowing the machinist at his machine tool to share wireless network files, email, FTP, SMB, and cloud services with other PCs.

Robotic Inspection Made Easy

Metrolog X4 I-Robot version v7 from Metrologic controls both the measuring device and the robot directly, eliminating the need for several software packages and a complex integration to control a robotic cell.

The Next Generation of Adaptive Bending

Synchro-Form adaptive bending technology from LVD Strippit automatically maintains angular consistency and geometric profile when handling, positioning and bending large parts with multiple bends.