Monitoring the control panel on this bar feeder alerts the operator when the barstock needs to be replenished. Implementing equipment such as this in a shop leads to successful lean manufacturing.
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet? I know—they are so easy to list, yet so tough to execute. But one resolution you should seriously consider for your shop is to work on going as lean as possible, and our articles on productionmachining.com can help you reach your goal.
A very recent article, "A Robotic (R)evoluiton," describes one shop's approach to automation, which has led it to challenge preconceived notions about robotics.
Good luck with your resolution! Turn to PM for help along the way.