A Comau robot positions the glowing, semi-finished workpiece in the forming die for San Grato SpA.
Fully automated production is a manufacturing concept that many forgers and others find hard to imagine: their work is too specific and sensitive to be programmed, they contend, or the working conditions are too extreme to expect robots to perform reliably there. But, two plants operated by a producer of closed-die forgings for automotive and heavy machinery buyers, are demonstrating that “complete robotization” not only is possible — it makes critical operations more ...
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