COVID-19 put a spotlight on the brittleness of the U.S. manufacturing supply chain. Responding to crises of many types requires, at least, the ability to rapidly repair or rebuild the machines that are the foundation of our economy.
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In October, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, a smaller machine shop in Wisconsin needed a robot to deburr parts—and fast.
The aerospace industry is setting itself up for a massive conjunction of need for industrial capacity to produce parts in the near future.
Marposs Announces BLÚ LT Modular Control System for Machine Tools; Suited for Applications of Medium Complexity
Setting up a new machine shop is challenging. Successful owners conduct rigorous research, meticulously inspect every detail, and carefully evaluate every option. So when Kevin Curtis began the search to equip his new venture in 2009, he did his homework.
Jeff Huerta, Senior VP for Sales at Vecna Robotics, speaks on how successful companies are advancing their operations with fully autonomous material handling equipment, and how some facilities are achieving very quick ROI. He also describes the differences between an AMR and an AGV, and addresses the topic of safety. Lastly, he prescribes ways to get started with this equipment, including what upfront costs companies should be prepared for.
ATI Industrial Automation’s QC-7 Robotic Tool Changer is a solution for automatic end-effector exchange.
FANUC and Rockwell Automation formed a coalition to address skills gap issues with work and apprenticeship programs.
Today’s machine tools create an enormous amount of data. One way of using this information is to implement automated feedback processes that improve machining operations. In this episode, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Scott Mahrle, director of business development for Q-DAS and Hexagon Integrated Solutions, and Frank Krazer, system engineer for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, about what automated machine tool feedback is and how it impacts the manufacturing process; how automated machine tool feedback can increase the efficiency of both people and equipment; how it can produce costs savings; and how manufacturers can build workers’ confidence in this process.
Halter CNC Robotics, a CNC automation firm, announced it will be awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a U.S. veteran or active service member who wants to study manufacturing automation, engineering or robotics.