Robots Chip Away at Machining

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR (RIA) 

Robots are chipping away at CNC type jobs. So far, inroads are modest, but examples are building and interest is growing. We saw some of this at RIA’s Robotic Grinding, Deburring & Finishing Workshop, and just recently Design News published an article that also examines these issues. (Robots Loosen Up)

A lot of RIA members are mentioned in the article, and it also highlights the Association’s new study on hybrid sensors, which is another trend worth watching.

In the Design News article, it mentions how a robot workcell is used to cut stone. Funny … one of the speakers at the Robotic Grinding, Deburring & Finishing Workshop was telling me that stone and granite cutting technology has become so advanced and efficient that products such as countertops are driving a surge in sales for that industry. (Amazing what you can learn while networking at RIA events!)

Soon, RIA will carve out a new series of application workshops for 2008. Machining and related topics will be under consideration. Let us know if you have any special interests for our courses. You can reach me at 734/994-6088 (, or leave a comment below.


3 Responses to Robots Chip Away at Machining

  1. Tyler Robertson says:

    CMTS this year saw some robot cells being demo’ed, and many cnc operators being educated on current and emerging applications of robots in machining. Personally I’m excited to see how the new/next generation of machinists approaches robots in their facilities as an acceptable machining tool, rather than a novelty/job stealer. While the emerging students become experienced in the work place, robot technology will then hopefully be at a point when tolerances are competitive enough for them to consider robots where the older generation would never have considered.
    The next 10 years will be very interesting.

  2. Small Cnc Milling Machine…

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you….

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