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 capabilities

Proper utilization of available robotics allows manufacturers to achieve specific levels of flexibility to multitask a vareity of functions for lower volume applications.  Today this is commonly recognized as a recipe for simple success.

Incorporated in the robotics is end-of-arm tooling which is made to match the product being handled, these are used to removal parts from the injection mold, sprue pickers to separate runners from parts and other functions.

Fully Automated Work Cells for Custom Injection Molding

These enhance and modernize the custom injection molding process and increase throughput and cost savings to the customer.   Automated Work Cells mean automating a variety of multi-tasking functions for a project – like removing injection molding parts from the press and placing them on conveyors, packaging, assembling and moving products through to integrated camera inspection. 

This is all based on the project requirements and incorporating 3 axis traversing robots, collaborative robots and vision systems to perform these tasks

In today's custom injection molding industry, automation can be utilized in a variety of different ways to achieve specific results for high volume projects to lower volume applications. 

Crescent Industries for Your Custom Injection Molding Projects

Crescent Industries is an employee-owned custom injection molder, manufacturing plastic components and devices for 70 years.  We provide the necessary services that guarantee the success of your project. 

Contact Crescent Industries today to see how we can partner with you to make your project a success.

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