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New Aerospace Coatings Create Challenges for MRO Shops

Turbine blades and other components of modern jet engines are coated to protect them from heat and wear. Newly developed coatings like cold HVOF are challenging engine refurbishment companies to find ways to remove these coatings.  Being on a commercial airliner...

Routers or Waterjets for Boat Builders?

Boat builders lagged in adding automation compared to other industries. But today, looking to overcome labor shortages and eliminate potentially dangerous processes, they are eagerly exploring automation of routing and other operations. When robotic automation came on...

The 3 Essentials of Robot Maintenance

Proper maintenance ensures the reliability and extends the life of every piece of production equipment. When it comes to robots, there are three basic maintenance activities that every shop should follow. Floss daily. Eat more vegetables. Exercise 30 minutes a day....

6 Reasons Waterjet Cutting Is the Right Choice in Bakeries

Waterjet cutting is widely used in food production and processing. Small- to medium-size bakeries have shied away from using this technology due to its price, but as they learn the many benefits, more of them are turning to waterjet cutting. It seems like science...

New Materials Lead to New Processes

The Aerospace industry is exploring a range of new materials to create higher-performing, lighter-weight components. It takes the right partner to develop production and automation processes using those materials. New technology and materials are enabling major...

Shape Process Automation Partners with Mujin

Shape Partners With Mujin To Deliver Advanced, Intelligent Solutions for North American Warehouses. Global system integrator Shape Process Automation and robotics technology company Mujin to showcase mixed-case  depalletizing and palletizing solution in booth #805 at...