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Automation/Robotics

Automation is the individual use or integrated configuration of computer software, machines or other technologies ranging from fully mechanical systems to fully virtual networks, very simple to intensely complex in functionality, to carry out a task that would typically be done by a human worker. Robotics is a segment of automation involving a machine (robot) capable of making independent movements programmed to perform complex tasks ranging from simple handling of parts to full machine tending, welding, grinding and other operations typically performed by a human worker.

Automation/Robotics: Articles

Will the Real Collaborative Robot (aka Cobot) Please Stand Up?

Yaskawa Cobot Welding

A robotic system is ‘collaborative’ only if all elements – robot, tooling, workpiece, and work area – meet international safety standards. Depending on application, you may be able to turn a standard industrial robot into a cobot and comply.

A robotic system is ‘collaborative’ only if all elements – robot, tooling,...

Parts Distributor Becomes Profitable Job Shop After Deploying Flexible Manufacturing System

What with designing tombstone fixtures, selecting tooling, and programming the operations, the time and money required to buy and use a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) may be off-putting. But as this Massachusetts manufacturer learned, the investment brings peace of mind by providing financial stability.

What with designing tombstone fixtures, selecting tooling, and programming the operations, the...

Upsizing with Jigless Welding

Greater robot payloads are opening the door to automatic fabrication of large, unwieldy components.

Greater robot payloads are opening the door to automatic fabrication of large,...

Data Requirements for Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively learn a model of a manufacturing process, the data requirements must be properly designed and fed enough examples of the right data for the algorithms to automatically learn complex patterns from a sample of data. Here are some insights to help you get prepared.

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively...

Skilled Hands

Humanoid manipulators with an ever-higher flexibility of motion are here and will grow in demand in the future because the closer human beings and robots work together, the greater the relevance of five-fingered gripping hands. Here’s why.

Humanoid manipulators with an ever-higher flexibility of motion are here and will...
Automation/Robotics: Products

Next-Generation CSD Series Twin-Spindle Lathe

Fuji Machine America’s dual-gantry CSD-300II lathe

An upgrade to the CSD-300 twin-spindle lathe, the front-facing CSD-300II from Fuji Machine America is more robust and loaded with new-or-improved features for faster and easier operation than its predecessor.

An upgrade to the CSD-300 twin-spindle lathe, the front-facing CSD-300II from Fuji...

Produce Complex Geometries with Single-Process 3D Cutting System

BLM Group LT360 laser cutting system

BLM Group’s LT360 laser cutting system provides 6-axis cutting flexibility that’s fast and easy to program. Its capacitive height sensing feature gives you freedom to truly cut any 3D piece at 360 degrees.

BLM Group’s LT360 laser cutting system provides 6-axis cutting flexibility that’s fast...
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