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Robots. (Product Lines Reviewed).

ABB INC.

Robot cells and systems for forming, finishing, assembly, and coating processes, specializing in robotic systems for injection molding machines; deburring and cutting of parts; adhesive dispensing and component assembly; and spray coating, as well as parts handling, routing and palletizing.

AEC/AUTOMATION ENGINEERING

Complete line of robots from simple Excel series sprue pickers to sophisticated Titan II traversing robots. Over 50 different models from pneumatic to servo motor driven axes with a range of controllers from PLC to CNC servo control for applications on molding machines from 20 to 4000 tons.

Fast, durable and easy-to-use Excel series sprue pickers offer quick cycle time in molding automation for 20- to 500-ton molding machines. Flexible hand-held controller provides standard preprogrammed sequence options and easy-to-follow program sequence. No tools required for strip stroke adjustment. Ratcheting handle allows the unit to pivot out of the way for fast mold changes.

AST series pneumatic traverse robots provide cost-effective, reliable and flexible part and sprue removal for two- and three-plate molds on 50- to 500-ton machines. Allow for multistop part drop positioning. Microprocessor-based control programmed via easy-to-use hand-held pendant with LCD display.

Phaser series traverse robots with three-axis motor drive offer fast, precise part handling with a variety of control options for 75- to 700-ton injection molding machines. Encoder positioning on each axis allows complete position, multiple-stop, and stroke adjustment from operator control pendant. Units can handle to 22 lb and include two pressure grip circuits, vacuum grip circuit, platen mounting spacer, and 90[degrees] wrist flip with 110 inch pounds of torque.

PC Servo control offers a flexible servo control and efficient frequency drives with easy-to-use and fully teachable hand-held pendant. Optional PLC control programmed with hand-held control pendant with touch keypad and display screen. Interactive software includes sub-menus for easy operation, plus diagnostics, program error alerts, and help screens.

Phaser also available with full CNC servo control. Mechanical options include additional grip/nipper circuits, telescopic vertical stroke, 90[degrees] or 180[degrees], A-axis wrist rotation and below centerline part release.

Interceptor series offers rugged, precise part handling in a compact, versatile design for 700- to 2000-ton injection molding machines. Three-axis motor drive traverse robot has standard two-stage telescoping arm with rack and pinion drive and secondary belt drive. Designed with minimum overhead clearance and has a compact wrist and arm to help reduce mold open distance. Standard features include below-centerline part placement, two pressure grip circuits, venturi vacuum kit, 90[degrees] wrist flip, and platen mounting spacer.

Interceptors available with three control/drive options, which includes a standard PC Servo control that offers the flexibility of completely teaching sequences along with the efficiency of AC frequency drives. Also a teachable PLC control utilizes frequency motors with encoder positioning along with preprogrammed movements and sequences. Three-axis CNC servo control system offers high speed and accuracy for stacking and palletizing applications.

Complete automation solutions, systems and services. On-going service support both in installation, startup, training, and parts supply.

AIRLOCK MANUFACTURING CO.

Gantry-type robots used for loading charges into vertical compression presses and unloading molded parts; feeding thermoplastic sheet blanks into a preheated oven; and transferring parts from station to station in post-molding operations.

ALLIANCE AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

Specializes in engineered manufacturing systems, including design and construction of automated turnkey injection molding systems. Complete system integration for manufacturing, assembly, testing, welding and molding includes robotic assembly and test system integration, robot cell installations, and vision-guided robotic systems. Engineering services, project management, and planning assistance with emphasis on successful system startup and reliable long-term operation.

ALVEY, INC.

Articulated arm and gantry robots for machine loading/unloading and carton palletizing with servo electric drive, and end-of-arm tooling. Handles weights from a few pounds to several hundred pounds.

APPLIED ROBOTICS, INC.

Product line includes tool changers; collision sensors with dynamically variable trip points; single-axis compliancy devices for assembly verification; a full line of connectors, grippers, vacuum products, and accessories; and a single-axis force sensor with on-board electronics that ties directly to work cell's I/O.

ARBURG, INC.

Four lines of injection molding robots with pneumatic or servo operation, rail or beam configurations, for top- or side-entry, sprue or part removal, inserting, stacking and part pick-up from pattern operations.

Integralpicker H series for parts removal/separation operations is integrated into machine guarding and comes in three versions with one to three axes. Used exclusively on Arburg Allrounder S presses.

Integralpicker V part/sprue unit is pneumatically operated, three-axis model that handles part weights up to 300g. Simultaneous operation of all three axes possible.

Multilift H is a top-mounted unit offered in three packages that cover simple to complex part-removal operations. Offered without B-axis for short cycle times or with B-axis to add a 0-90[degrees] rotating movement, or with the B-axis integrated under the machine guard for compactness.

Multilift V is a top-mounted, all-servo-driven unit for precise operation in a broad range of applications. Accurate to [+ or -] 0.1 mm. Freely programmable with Selogica machine control system. Can be positioned longitudinally or transverse to molding machine axis.

ASG AUTOMATION SERVICES GROUP INC.

Offers industrial material-handling robots for injection molders that range from sprue pickers to all-servo traversing robots. Custom designs robots or end-of-arm tooling as needed.

Custom designs, assembles and installs automation production, distribution, and warehouse control systems. Material-handling systems are for lightweight packages to steel plates weighing over 100 lb. Areas of expertise include metal parts welding inspection and verification, in-motion and static "legal for trade" weighing system, and high-speed carton tracking and sorting.

AUTOMATED ASSEMBLIES CORP.

Designs and manufactures robotics and factory automation systems for injection molding. Range of products from simple sprue pickers to technologically demanding robotics and automation solutions. Low-cost "Express" servo robots as well as high-performance robots available.

Range of robotics devices designed for use in horizontal as well as vertical injection molding applications with clamp forces from 20 to 5000 tons. Controllers utilize a common software architecture that enables the user to communicate with the robot using simple English language commands.

BATTENFELD OF AMERICA

Unirob linear part extractors are independently operable, multiple-axis, general-purpose handling devices for use on all injection molding machines in a variety of applications.

Standard product lines feature a fully programmable, compact, high-torque three-axis a-c servo-driven design along with pneumatic or servo-driven rotary auxiliary axes depending on the complexity of handling needs. Primary axes utilize either steel core belt or rack and pinion drive systems with dual-precision linear bearings for reliable, low-maintenance operation. Optimized design ensures optimum dynamics and maximum acceleration resulting in minimum cycle times. Units available in standard handling capacities of 11 to 154 lb and in custom designs with application-specific axis lengths and up to 275-lb handling capacities. Standard programming pendant included.

BERMER TOOL & DIE, INC.

Automation equipment for injection molding includes standard and custom mold wipers, sprue pickers and part-removal units. Lift tongs for moving or separation of molds provide a safe accurate simulation of mold opening and help prevent costly mold damage.

CARLISLE MACHINE WORKS, INC.

Pick-and-place, gantry, Scara and six-axis articulated robots for containers. PackIt gantry robot packs bottles in cartons to 30 x 30 x 30 in. with a cycle time of 6-8 sec. Bottles can be placed vertically, base down or up, horizontally, or in combination. Rows can be nested. Sheet cutter allows for sheets between rows. Slipsheet inserter provides slipsheets between levels. System adaptable to other products.

CBW AUTOMATION

High-capacity unscrambling and re-orientation-type stacking machines for containers and lids collect falling parts and automatically reorganize them into handleable stacks ready for manual or semi-automatic packaging.

High-speed carbon fiber Slingshot robots for either side-entry or top-entry applications can usually retrieve parts from a mold as fast or faster than they can fall free by gravity. Built for both single-face and stack molds as well as form and trim-in-place thermoformers, robots form the basic platform for downstream automation systems for assembling, stacking, welding, decorating, layer packing, carton filling, dispensing, palletizing, wrapping, and storing.

CONAIR

Wide range of robots and automation systems from sprue pickers to six-axis articulated robots with freely programmable controls.

Sprue pickers include economical MX and MXR series in six models to suit operation on molding machines from 20 to 550 tons. MXR series has remotely adjustable vertical and kick stroke setting and freely programmable controls that allow users to easily program virtually any sequence of picker movements and store up to 100 such sequences for later recall. For simplicity, MXR controls provide a selection of preprogrammed templates, which users can customize to meet specific requirements. Easy-to-use robots offer takeout times as quick as 0.6 sec with overall cycle times as short as 3 sec. EX series and FX series pickers incorporate motor drive adjustment of main arm starting position, strip stroke and vertical position.

An entry-level robot, Model UCR150L beam-mounted picker has a 37-in, vertical stroke, 47-in, horizontal stroke, and 5-in. kick stroke. Uses the same controller as MX series pickers.

Sepro 3000 robots serve machines from under 100 tons up to 6000 tons. YN models feature a-c frequency drives in the strip and horizontal axes and pneumatic drive in the vertical stroke. ZN and AZ models offer a-c frequency drive in the strip and horizontal stroke and servo drive in the vertical. ZS and BZ models offer all-servo drive up to five axes of motion. Acceleration speeds for servo models are 6 m/sec and maximum payload exceeds 200 lb of parts and EOAT. All 3000 robots designed with a strip frame surrounding the vertical arm for stability. The internal PLC is capable of operating external downstream equipment without added cost, additional controllers, and interfacing.

Fanuc articulated servo robots offer an economical solution in such downstream applications as assembly, adhesive application, inspection, palletizing and box loading, and the applications that require speed, accuracy and flexibility. Robots feature up to six axes of articulation with controls that are easy to "teach" and operate. Controls can control up to 12 individual servo axes and readily adaptable to any downstream application.

DIRECT-LINE PRODUCTS

Basic pneumatic robots and sprue pickers in stock. Detailed selection guide, installation directions and mounting templates allow for customer installation. Models available for machines from 25 to 300 tons. All models include easy-to-use LCD control pendant and use readily available standard components. Complete line of robotic end-of-arm tooling components designed for customer building or repair.

ENGEL CANADA INC.

Part- and sprue-removal equipment for injection molding machines from 28 to 6000 tons.

ERC robots are high-precision, high-speed servo robots with a rugged mechanical structure, maintenance-free a-c servo drives, simultaneous movement of all linear and rotary axes, and a freely programmable "teach" program for position, speed, time and I/O control. Portable teach pendant with LCD display allows for easy robot setup from within a 24-ft radius of operator interface station.

ERC software minimizes robot travel time by calculating the shortest point-to-point travel distance, User-defined robot work area prevents the robot from colliding with the machine. Troubleshooting is facilitated by displaying machine and robot errors on the same screen. Data storage and retrieval of machine and robot parameters is done on the same floppy disc.

Options include nonstandard strokes on all linear axes, telescoping axes for plants with low ceilings, rotary modules for part orientation, end-of-arm tooling for part insertion and removal, and integration of up- or downstream peripheral equipment into robot control.

ERP sprue picker for machines from 28 to 700 tons features three pneumatic axes and removes lightweight parts or sprues for placement inside or outside machine guarding.

Controls for ERC robots may be integrated into the Engel control, accomplished via direct interface or SPI interface. ERSE robots or ERP sprue pickers are integrated via SPI interface and their own dedicated PLC controller.

ERTLi robots, dedicated to Engel tie-barless machines from 28 to 660 tons are designed to place parts and/or sprues on a conveyor integrated in machine frame. The side-entry-type units feature one servo axis and two pneumatically driven axes and have adjustable strokes to accommodate varying mold heights and part thicknesses.

EPSON FACTORY AUTOMATION/ROBOTICS

Factory Automation Div. offers full line of high-speed assembly and machine-tending robots. Integrated vision for robot guidance and inspection available. Units are programmed in an easy-to-use graphical user interface that operates within industry standards on a Microsoft Windows NT platform.

Company works with a national network of automation companies that have the hands-on experience and engineering expertise to implement automation in the plastics market. Typical applications include loading inserts into vertical injection molding machines, removing finished parts from molds, loading parts into ultrasonic welders, transferring parts between operations, and performing final assembly.

FANUC ROBOTICS NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Automated process solutions for applications including material handling, assembly, material removal, welding, cutting, painting, dispensing, palletizing, and packing. Systems consist of reliable robots, easy-to-use software, high-quality hardware, and other process-related equipment.

GEIGER HANDLING USA, INC.

Beam-mounted three-axis models are pneumatic or servo-driven for degating, insert molding, inspection, part/sprue picking, and in-mold labeling.

Pneumatic 2001 FO sprue picker for presses of 150-200 tons is PLC-controlled, handles weights up to 0.7 lb, and operates at about 4-sec cycle time.

EA/15 SLA air-driven model for part removal handles weights to 7.7 lb and is used on presses up to 300 tons.

Mini Servo model for presses up to 330 tons takes part and gripper weights totaling 3.3 lb and uses brushless d-c servo motors for each axis and a CNC controller.

EA Mini 2001/SLI model is a sturdy unit for sprue and part removal. Air-driven, it handles weights to 2.2 lb and has a cycle time of about 6 sec.

LR 16 servo-driven model for complex handling and automation applications on machines up to 500 tons. Handles weight to 12 lb and operates on a cycle time of about 5 sec. C-axis is air-powered.

EA21 F1 telescopic model is pneumatic-powered and designed for general-purpose parts handling. Part and gripper weights up to 22 lb; operates on cycle time around 8 sec.

LR/21 is a-c servomotor-driven for complex automation of machines from 750 to 1000 tons. Handles up to 33 lb. CNC controller makes operation accurate to 0.1 mm.

HITECH MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS, INC.

Robots specifically designed for vertical compression molding presses. A carriage telescopes into the open daylight, carrying new material charges in with it. Loading of phenolic, melamine, or polyester BMC materials accomplished with load cups or loading boards. Granular or preform load systems available. Charge placement in the mold can be precise when using preforms or BMC charges. Company's BMC extruder can be used to pre-size polyester BMC for loading. Preheating systems available for phenolics and melamines, and other thermosets. An air blast or optional brushes are used for mold cleaning. Part removal accomplished after ejection from the top or bottom by suction cups, grippers, comb, or drop board. Parts normally sensed to ensure a clean mold before loading takes place. Molded parts can then be sequenced for further processing. Robot is interchangeable between presses and is mounted on wheels for easy removal for mold changes and maintenance.

HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEMS LTD.

A range of servo robots specific to injection molding suitable for various applications including free-standing side-entry robots for PET preforms and top-entry robots for general-purpose molding.

Free-standing side-entry robots are capable of payloads to 660 lb for the highest cavitation PET systems. Patented water-cooled take-out plates provide faster molding cycles by allowing parts to cool outside the mold.

General-purpose robots are capable of payloads to 264 lb, with up to 6 axes of motion. Programming accomplished by a menu-driven control system that uses standard molding terminology (mold open, mold close, etc.) and is integrated with company's injection molding machines.

IMS CO.

Two low-cost pneumatic mold sweeps for automatic, high-speed knockout of part and runner or sprue. Heavy-duty units with stroke lengths of 17 or 35 in. can also be used for automatic mold-release applications.

ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION

Variety of robots offered by Italian manufacturers.

KASS CORP.

Automated container removal for stretch-blow molding machines using the 2022 robot removal arm. For further automation the 2022AP packs erected cartons. Palletizing can be added to complete the line. Controlled by a PC-based system utilizing closed-loop digital servo drives, which provide flexibility and precision. Operator interface continually provides production information. All inputs and outputs are accessible and displayed, as well as error conditions and current mode. System can pack any configuration of containers. Optional visual inspection systems available.

KAWAGUCHI AMERICA, LTD.

Gate-Cutting Robot completes gate cutting and sorting within injection molding cycle time. Unit has up to five-axes of movement directed by a computer control system and teaching pendant; limitless configuration of parts that can be de-gated and sorted error free; and preciseness of cutting. No part is rejected because a vestige is too high or a part is put in the wrong bin. Unit is backed by a full engineering staff that can supply custom setups for any type of gate or material. Full range of standard and customs blades and nippers available.

MARK 2 AUTOMATION, INC.

Automated part- and runner-removal equipment for injection molding machines includes Eagle EMS sprue pickers; ES2 heavy-duty, swing-type removers for part or runner removal; ELC2 traversing pickers; and EL2 traverse-type units. All models mounted on top of the stationary platen for fast and consistent part or runner removal. Servo electric or pneumatic drives on EL2 series. Standard sizes range from 18 to 32 in. on the EMS series for presses up to about 300 tons, and 18 to 40 in. of vertical stroke on ES2 series for machines to 700 tons. EL2 units include standard models with up to 96-in. vertical stroke and 156-in. traverse stroke for automation of presses to 4000 tons. Also larger units for higher tonnage machines. All units include microprocessor control of the remover and interface to the molding machine. Controller allows quick setups and flexibility for short-run molding. Eagle units designed and manufactured in the U.S., utilizing standard American-made components.

MOTOMAN INC.

Provides complete robotic solutions for various applications including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material cutting, material handling, material removal, spot welding. Stand-alone robots, standard "World" solutions, and custom-designed systems backed by world-class customer support.

Complete line of flexible six-axis robots suitable for handling and trimming injection molded parts, routing and drilling automotive bumpers, whirlpool tubs, water sports equipment, protective sports gear, and truck cabs and bedliners. Robots also used for water-jet cutting applications such as automotive interior components, and press-tending applications such as loading thermoformed plastic sheets into punch presses.

NEGRI BOSSI AMERICA INC.

Flash S series is servo-driven, beam-mounted for palletizing and insert molding. Four sizes for presses up to 320 tons have one-piece vertical arm. Three units with telescopic vertical arms handle machines up to 1400 tons. Lifting capacity from 22 to 33 lb. Each axis has individual servomotor and operates at speeds up to 3 m/sec. Portable programming and control terminal connected through CAN-bus system.

NORGREN AUTOMOTIVE INC.

Builds linear and area gantry robots for press loading and parts removal. Systems for vertical and horizontal injection and compression presses can have pneumatic and/or electric servo-driven axes, as well as wrist rotation when needed. Modular construction from standardized, off-the-shelf components is said to keep costs competitive. Company integrates complete systems from its own components and end-of-arm tooling.

Also automation systems for loading and unloading materials such as SMC and GMT in and out of large hydraulic vertical compression molding presses. For handling reinforced plastics, Norgren provides part-processing automation through cooling, routing, drilling, gluing and bonding stations as part of a complete manufacturing cell.

PAXON AUTOMATION, INC.

Complete line of robots including sprue picker, all pneumatic drive, a-c frequency control/pneumatic drive, and all servo drive. The flexible robots are for molding machines up to 3000 tons.

Traversing-type robots provide telescopic arms, which enhance in-and-out speed, double the mechanical life, and lower the over-head height requirement. Touchscreen operator interface. SPI robot/IMM interface is standard.

Services include installation, engineering, training, and inventory of spare parts.

PLASTIMATIX LLC

Offers Kawasaki KWS line of 6-axis, a-c servo-driven jointed-arm robots. Wrist axis can rotate 720[degrees] or more. Handle payloads from 4 to 100 lb. Wiring for motors, encoders, and tooling is integrated in the robot structure. Robot mounts on floor, wall, machine, or ceiling.

PROCO MACHINERY INC.

Robopik single robotic gripper-arm take-out system removes containers from shuttle-style blow molding machines and orients them upright on a conveyor with the tails removed. Control system minimizes change-over. Simply enter container size to recall a previously run job and interchange one piece of tooling..

Robopik also available as part of Cyber System, a complete take-out system with integrated controls used in conjunction with deflashing, leak testing, or other operations. Cyber system utilizes Provac vacuum conveyor system and Kwikchange technology for tooling changes, which allows changeover from one job to another with minimal setup and no mechanical adjustments.

RAM CENTER, INC.

Specializes in custom design and turnkey integration of robotic packaging and manufacturing systems. Broad range of robots and accessories including Adept Technologies and Fanuc Robotics for the toughest robotic applications. Complete integration services include system design, manufacturing, programming, customer run-off, installation, and service.

Applications include PET preform feeding systems, PET preform line balancing, PET bottle bulk palletizing, product case loading, case palletizing, sealant dispensing, injection molded lens removal and coating systems, and other complex injection molded parts-removal and post-processing systems. Vision systems may be integrated into the robotic systems to provide part inspection or robot guidance. Other auxiliary equipment such as conveyors and part feeders can be integrated to completely automate production.

RANGER AUTOMATION SYSTEMS, INC.

Top- and side-entry parts-removal robots and sprue/parts pickers for injection molding machines from 50 to 5000 tons. Specializes in robots for large machines.

READING AUTOMATION INC.

Designs and installs robotics and automation systems for injection molding. Manufactures a range of high-quality, cost-effective robotic equipment covering a range of functions from simple sprue/parts removal to sophisticated programmable operations in several axes. Can be electrically or pneumatically driven.

Standard line of robots for injection molding machines ranging to over 3000 tons. Line includes sprue pickers; vertical-entry, three-axis pick-and-place robots; and side-entry pick-and-place robots. Units available in all-pneumatic models, all-electric drive models, or a combination of pneumatics and electrics; and can be customized.

Two versions of electric robots: frequency drive and servo drive. Line of robot controls maximizes flexibility of operator interface. Operator can now teach positions, teach and modify sequences, and vary motor speed using a hand-held pendant.

Specializes in custom automation systems including installation for insert molding feedup and loading, downstream operations such as degating and deflashing, inspection and weighing procedures, bending, closing, sorting, labelling, counting, packing, and onward conveying. Total turnkey systems designed, built and installed.

REGENCY SALES, INC.

Complete pneumatic and servo systems from sprue pickers to complex multifunctional tasking.

REIS ROBOTICS

Turnkey robotic solutions for injection molding operations. Systems are based on three robot styles with weight capacities from 6 to 300 kg. Solutions are designed for molding processes from insertion and extraction to secondary operations.

REMAK OF NORTH AMERICA

Five models of pneumatic and servo-driven robotic units for sprue picking, part handling, and palletizing. Integrated or standalone operation. Can have up to 6 axes. RX series is all-servo units for machines from 55 to 330 tons. RF line is beam-mounted telescoping design with servo drive in standard and high-speed models. RE line is a beam/gantry combination. RC series is a double-robot design. RXZ models are for special handling chores.

ROBOTIC PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Engineers robotic solutions using robots from suppliers such as Fanuc and Panasonic. Offers 5- and 6-axis jointed-arm and beam-mounted robots for deflashing, degating, trimming, labeling, material handling, and palletizing. Available as stand-alone models or integrated into a manufacturing cell. Turnkey systems perform various duties such as unloading from multiple machines.

ROBOTS DOT COM, INC.

Manufactures custom automation equipment and also represents CRS Robotics. CRS robots feature three sizes of articulating robots with up to 6-lb payload capacity. Custom automated equipment features robot end-of-arm tooling and SMI Merlin pick-and-place units with controller.

SAILOR USA INC.

Line of beam-mounted general-purpose models for sprue picking and parts handling. Pneumatic, servo, or hybrid operation. RX line of spine pickers features tool-less setup, and handheld pendant for programming and operation. SE series is a side-entry line operating with a-c digital servomotors for high-speed parts extraction. RZ series with full-servo or hybrid servo/air drives comes with single or dual arms. Can have two-stage telescoping vertical arm to save headroom. Lifting capacity from 33 to 55 lb. Positioning repeatability of 0.004 in., take-out time down to 0.5 sec, and full cycle time of 3 sec.

SANOS TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL INC.

Model R15 modular cartesian (rectilinear) robot system with 3 to 5 axes and strokes from 4 in. to 15 ft. custom tailored. Payloads to 50 lb and speeds to 80 in./sec. Suitable for positioning, gluing (including hot-melt), product transfer, palletizing, clean-room, etc.

Model R16 cylindrical format arm system up to 5 axes plus linear track is suitable for small parts-handling, pharmaceuticals, and quality control.

Cost-effective Model R17 five-axis articulated arm with a reach of 30-in. and payload to 6 lb for applications, which include trimming, finishing, paint and glue spraying, flame polishing and parts-handling.

All robots come complete with a controller, which is expandable with analog inputs, digital inputs and outputs. The controller, with a teachpad, is programmed with a PC via a serial port and holds programs in battery-backed memory.

SAS AUTOMATION, LTD.

Supplier of robotic end-of-arm tooling. Designs and builds grippers and offers off-the-shelf modular gripper components for do-it-yourself applications. Offers special automated equipment to work in production cells with end-of-arm tooling.

STAR AUTOMATION INC.

U.S. subsidiary of Japanese firm offering automated traverse robot and sprue pickers for injection molding. Included are automated guided vehicles, automated palletizers, and precision assembly robots.

Patented two-stage, synchronized, belt-driven product-removal arm is manufactured with an a-c servo-electric motor and pneumatic cylinders. Robot uses a microprocessor controller to remove, stack, and box parts. Precise and flexible end-of-arm-tool (EOAT) is attached to the lower portion of the arm to remove parts and degate runners from the parts. EOAT may comprise air nippers, cylinders and suction assemblies; and can be adapted for difficult part-removal jobs.

STERLING DETROIT CO.

Robotarms, adaptable with other production equipment or secondary tooling, available in three styles for use with horizontal injection molding presses from 75 to 3000 tons.

Model FWR fixed-wrist, economical unit mounts on the stationary platen of the molding press and requires minimal over-machine working space to extract shots to 30 lb from single- or multiple-cavity molds.

Model WRT high-speed, swivel-type unit mounts directly on the machine's stationary platen and features 45-60[degrees] of swivel motion that permits the unit to extract a part, lower or re-extend itself, release the grip, and discharge the part onto a workstation, conveyor or chute. Can be equipped with optional rotating wrist and trimming appliances.

Model SM, similar to Model WRT, but with a linear (square matrix) configuration, which allows the unit to shuttle laterally with a square or linear motion. Unit can be mounted to the press plate or free-standing Robotarm and Topper.

All Topper units equipped with standard hydraulic or air-operated grippers, and with optional vacuum systems or "spring fingers." Units utilize standard electrical PLC controller and JIC machine-tool components.

Custom designs robotic SMC charge loaders, insert loaders, and parts unloaders for both horizontal and vertical compression molding presses.

STERLTECH DIV. STERLING, INC.

Complete line of part- and sprue-removal robots for injection molding machines from 25 to over 6000 tons. Traverse-type robots can also be integrated with assembly, decorating and packaging operations.

SA series traverse robots feature 3-D servo-driven axes for accuracy and fast cycle times for machines from 50 to over 6000 tons. Overall cycle times from five sec and up with takeout times of less than 2 sec. Units designed and built with heavy-duty linear bearings on all axes and high-strength modular beam construction for versatility and flexibility. All robots include quick-change end-of-arm tooling for easy change-over. Programming setup and operation handled via a programmable hand-held pendant controller with full diagnostics through text messages. Offline programming and SPI interface is standard. Three-year parts warranty.

SAT series three-axis, all-pneumatic traverse robots offer high performance at an entry-level price for machines from 50 to 500 tons.

SS Series sprue pickers for removal of parts/sprues on machines from 25 to 700 tons. Hand-held control pendant offers easy setup with diagnostics and preset sequence selections and features "teach" capability for custom sequences.

Services include custom end-of-arm tooling, laser degation, secondary automation, on-site installation, start-up, training, and 24-hr service support.

TOKICO (USA) INC.

Armstar robots for spray painting, finishing, blowoff/cleaning, and seam-sealing applications for automotive, electronics, appliances.

Supplies turnkey finishing systems with both hydraulic and electric-powered manipulators and microprocessor control, ancillary painting and sealing equipment, application engineering, installation, training, start-up, and spare-parts inventory.

TRI-MATIX CORP.

Line of injection molding traverse robots can operate in low-overhead areas and carry parts weighing up to 50 lb. Take-out times are under 1 sec, and overall cycle times 6-10 sec. Units are computer-controlled and available with pneumatic vertical axis and servo-driven horizontal movement or with servo drive on all axes. Optional second arm for sprue removal or secondary operations.

VENTAX ROBOT INC.

Manufactures custom engineered automation systems and robots for applications that include equipment and complete turnkey work cells to orient, handle and package; assemble and decorate; stack and unstack; mark and label; test and inspect; and insert load horizontal and vertical machines. Complete line of downstream equipment include pick-and-place units, parts up-and-down stackers, and transfer equipment. Standard line of top and side-entry robots and sprue pickers suitable for injection molding machines from 30 tons and up. Units available with various drive options including pneumatic, electric, servo or combinations.

New products include Panel Master for degating and flame treating rocker panels and bumpers; PET preform take-out and cooling systems; and automated thin-film insertion, automated coil housing processing system, and dashboard assembly system, all for the automotive market.

WITTMANN ROBOT & AUTOMATION SYSTEMS, INC.

Robot systems for injection molding presses from 30 to 5000 tons. Secondary equipment for turnkey start-ups or automated integration of existing operations available. Design assistance, end-of-arm tooling, field training and service available for large multimachine facilities and small custom-molding operations. Vertical- and side-entry robots for every tonnage machine; choice of electric and pneumatic drives; easy-to-use controls with built-in diagnostics; and advanced teach programmable controls.

Model W670 machine-mounted robot for large injection or structural foam presses can handle parts to 220 lb. All CNC-equipped robots feature handheld pendants with teach-in programming and storage on 3.5-in. floppy discs and can be off-line programmed on IBM compatible PCs.

YAMAHA ROBOTICS USA

FXY series of arm-type cartesian robots designed for lightweight applications requiring speed and flexibility especially for sealing or bonding operations and lightweight pick-and-place functions. Line consists of standard x and y axes with the option of adding a pneumatic z axis. Maximum load capacity of 7 lb., x and y axis maximum speeds of 47 in./sec, and stroke lengths ranging from 6 to 26 in. Other products include Scara and single-axis assembly robots, as well as input devices.

YK INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Custom built sprue pickers or part-removal robots for presses from 10 to 2000 tons include designing and manufacturing end-of-arm tooling for company's robots, as well as for other brands.

YUSHIN AMERICA, INC.

HOPIII-M robots are three-axis, air-drive sprue pickers for 20- to 500-ton machines. HOPIII-M units are virtually maintenance-free. An optional servo drive on the kick axis speeds setup and mold changeovers. Handheld controller equipped with standard-motion patterns accessed by user. It has accessible modes that allow for choosing part-gripping methods, part/runner release positions, downstream equipment, signals, part/runner verification methods, and ejector control and reject-discharge programs.

AN-M/ANII-M robots are two-axis air and one-axis servo-driven units for 25- to 200-ton machines. AN-M robots are virtually maintenance-free with pre-lubricated and sealed bearings on all linear axes. ANII-M units have compound-drive, main arm for conserving overhead clearance. Servo motor can be used to place parts in multiple positions perpendicular to machine such as in a box, tray or conveyor, and is useful to load/unload downstream machines, separate good and bad production or accommodate rack molds. Robot is controlled by handheld pendant, has text messaging, 10-mold setups, error history, and tracks production data. Programming accomplished by accessing pre-programmed blocks and assembling them into a sequence.

VNX/VNXII robots are three- to five-axis, servo drive traverse-type units for 20- to 5000-ton machines and are virtually maintenance-free. VNXII units have a compound main arm to conserve overhead clearance and are controlled by a touch-screen with a graphical, interactive-operator interface. Users can change program sequences with optional online/offline programming package.
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