Automating the process to feed either a fabrication or assembly process will significantly reduce labor costs. Gripper end-effectors can be configured to the job at hand to speed up the process. With the addition of cameras and sensors, the gripper can also be part of the quality assurance to ensure components that are coming are within specifications.
The use of CNC machines can be augmented by the use of robotic arms to increase productivity. Work stations in the line will not be waiting for parts to come in, but rather be always be working.