Customer is in the automotive industry tend to have either automatic fixtures or semi automatic fixtures (manually applied clamps, pneumatic backup and pneumatic release). There will be sensors that monitor part presence and clamp open/close condition. This information is mapped through to the robot control system or a PLC. If any of the sensors is not made an error will be flagged up. These requirements are usually the result of the automotive manufacturers insistence on quality control and traceability. Automatic fixtures are also faster to operate and will show an improvement in productivity when a large number of components and clamps need to be handled. The use of sensors in fixtures greatly increases the electrical engineering cost associated with mapping the sensor information and additional hardware such as a Human Machine Interface (HMI), PLC and bus system. Whilst customers in the automotive sector often do not have a choice, general industry customers should carefully consider the cost implications. In addition, this type of fixturing tends to make a cell more dedicated and any subsequent fixtures will need to be electrically integrated at a high on-cost.