Technology Focus: Automation and Robotics

A look at automation equipment through the use of technology and robotics to optimize plastics and molding operations by improving efficiencies, increasing productivity and reducing labor.

Absolute Robot (ARI)
Absolute Robot’s, Worcester, Massachusetts, new generation Max Series top-entry robots features six axes of control for molding machines up to 3,000 tons. The updated controller has up to 16 axes, with the ability to control servo motors in downstream equipment. Higher performing ASDA A3 servo drives increase speeds up to 15%, enhancing part takeout functionality to synchronize motor speed with ejectors, reducing time within the mold. True to ARI’s mission of keeping North American molders profitable, the new generation Max Series is offered at the competitive price of the previous generation.
Globeius, Inc.
Globeius, Inc’s, Miami, Florida, Crizaf automated box filling systems provide multi-level box filling with weighting or shaker, filling and storage capabilities. When combined with Crizaf conveyors and separators, users can have a single-source automation system for shuttling, sorting and boxing parts from their injection molding machines. Diagnostics and troubleshooting can be performed remotely via WiFi connectivity with the Crizaf machinery. Crizaf machinery and equipment are in stock and distributed in North America.
Noble Plastics
Noble Plastics’, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, pre-engineered robotic solutions for IMM tending leverage over 20 years of using Fanuc robots for insert molding, part removal, part inspection, part segregation and handling to trimming, assembly and specialty post-mold processes. Noble’s systems can be installed in half the time of a custom system, and at a significant cost savings. Trust a custom molder to understand the challenges and deliver a great solution. Stop by Noble Plastics’ table at the MAPP Benchmarking Conference – Automation for Molders by Molders – to see a demonstration of its robotics in action.
Rapid Robotics
Rapid Robotics, San Francisco, California, deploys robotic palletizing, case packing and case erecting systems that pair record-setting deployment speeds with unmatched adaptability to existing operations. For a low annual operating cost and no upfront capex, Rapid Robotics offers a complete solution designed for a company’s unique need, and all-inclusive service and maintenance. Rapid Robotics’ engineering team continues to work with plastics manufacturers to identify further opportunities for automation and ensure that every solution deployed remains relevant to a manufacturer’s business over the long term. Rapid Robotics’ goal is improving efficiency and profitability – results are guaranteed, or a manufacturer pays nothing.
ToolTex, Inc.
ToolTex®, Grove City, Ohio, has over 35 years of experience in the design and build of machinery and tooling for the assembly of plastic parts. It specializes in ultrasonic welding, spin welding and inductive insertion. ToolTex’s patented SimpleStake process technology integrates these and other technologies into automated, semi-automated and robotic systems. ToolTex’s team of experts is available to discuss a company’s specific process requirements and assist in the system setup.
WITTMANN USA,Torrington, Conneticut, a global supplier of robot and automation solutions for injection molding applications, now offers the “Sonic” robot models for ultra-high-speed cycles. These models are designed for injection molding cycles below 10 seconds and can offer a take-out time of less than one second in the mold area. The Sonic robot models are designed for injection molding machines between 50 and 600 tons. The advantages of the Sonic robots allow for the highest productivity, faster accelerations, decelerations and overall shortest cycle times. n