As automation technology becomes more effective, cost effective, and easier to implement, job shops are automating more and more of their processes. In this episode, Alan Rooks, editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Michael Gaunce, group manager, stationary workholding for Schunk Inc., about what a small to medium size job shop should consider when starting and exploration into automation; the particular machines or jobs that are easier to automate over others; why high part quantities are not needed in order to automate a job; what types of skills a shop should look for in employees working with automation; and how to define categories for the different styles of automation used in machine tool tending.
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In the April 2020 Research Focus column, we discussed results from the first year of the SME Media Manufacturing Technology Harmonization Study.
Danish company HACO A/S invested over $15 million in five Dörries vertical turning lathes (VTLs) from Starrag, Rorschach, Switzerland, which has helped HACO become the leading sub-contractor for large, relatively flat and round components in its Scandinavian location.
With the potential for a 30% productivity increase or even more, there's a strong incentive for automating CNC machining processes. But before you flip the switch on that robot, you’ll need to check out the surrounding tools and processes.
The manufacturing, automotive and energy sectors are currently battling tremendous challenges as they respond to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis globally.
Maker of a new alloy targets extremely corrosive environments and seawater applications
Leak detection testing is growing in importance with the development of electric and self-driving vehicles.
Three partners contributed their diverse manufacturing and machining experience—and their last initials—to found SPR Machine in 2002.
Capstone Headwaters released its Precision Manufacturing Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Update Sept. 17, reporting that transaction activity in the precision manufacturing industry has remained strong despite the pandemic.
An executive makes the case for why manufacturers may want to change how they procure health plans.