Automation is one of the most important long-term trends reshaping machining. In machining facilities, more effective automation allows manufacturers to multiply the output of skilled employees by freeing them from mundane tasks, and by allowing them to oversee more machines at once because more of each machine’s production runs unattended. Automation also promises capacity increase by allowing a facility’s unstaffed hours to become time when production can still be run. Collected here are three of Modern Machine Shop’s more popular recent articles on automation, describing not only the benefits shops are realizing or hope to realize through automation, but also the types of challenges they’ve faced and overcome on the way to realizing more automated machining.

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