When it comes to custom injection molding, the implementation of robots and automation processes have proven to;
- Increase throughput
- Reduce cycle times
- Reduce scrap
- Improve both part quality and total savings in general
Although an upfront investment in automation is often required, the advantages have proven to be worth the investment. Automation can be used during the injection process to remove parts from the molds, placing inserts or metal components into a molding machine for the insert or over molding process. They are used in the secondary operations for assembly, packaging, part-trimming, de-gating, drilling and sorting.
Understanding the Use of Robots in Custom Injection Molding
It is virtually impossible to ignore the reality that robotic automation is changing the face of custom injection molding.
Robots and robotics are programmed to carry out specific repetitive actions without variation. These actions are predictable due to programmed routines that specify the direction, deceleration, acceleration, velocity and distances. Robots perform these actions with profoundly successful levels of accuracy.
Often robotic operations will use precise guidance and have the ability to adapt to different part-types using intelligence-based features. These features include; vision, integrated force and sensing capabilitiesRead More