The role of automation in forging operations, and particularly the role for robotics, is not a new development, as it is in some manufacturing operations. The power necessary to handle large and heavy (and hot) forging workpieces; the repeatability needed for the task; and the risk to human workers, made robots welcome in the forging operations of all styles and sizes. What is new are the various technological and functional trends in robotic automation, and how those offer opportunities ...

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