Austria-based WITTMANN, a provider of robots and automation systems, material handling systems, dryers, gravimetric and volumetric blenders, granulators, temperature controllers and chillers, presents a completely redesigned WX153. This robot model is typically used for the automation of injection molding machines with clamping forces ranging from 500 t to 1,300 t. The predecessor version was based on the W8 pro series of appliances, which has been on the market since 2013.
In the mechanical redesign of the WX153 robot, special attention was paid to maximum functionality and flexible application options. The vertical axis is now available with strokes of up to 2,600 mm. The horizontal Z-axis can be supplied with a stroke length of up to 18,000 mm. With a stroke from 4,000 mm upwards, tandem solutions involving two independently moving robots can be implemented as well.
The control system of tandem robots also includes a joint R9 TeachBox, which can control up to 12 axes simultaneously. Here it is possible to choose just any combination of axes from individual robots or tandem appliances to create desired movement profiles as needed, which will subsequently run synchronously.
Another new feature is the integrated compact controller housing, which contributes to even more efficient use of the carrier. The X-axis for demolding can be delivered with a stroke of 1,200 mm or 1,400 mm.
In its standard configuration, the appliance offers 30 kg load capacity, which can be adjusted depending on the application. The WX153 robot comes with the WITTMANN R9 control system. It offers a variety of different functions, such as a digital twin for test runs of the robot on the screen and for error analyses, as well as SmartRemoval to minimize mold opening times.
For more information, visit www.wittmann-group.com.