The company found its solution in a jointed-arm robot
, which uses a nozzle to blow loose sand residues out of the counterweight molds and a flood lance to apply the alcohol-based wash.
A new six-axis, jointed-arm robot
from ABB Robotics-North America, Auburn Hills, Mich., has a larger usable working area in a small package, reportedly allowing for 15% smaller automation cells that have 10% shorter cycle times.
The body of the drip chamber is molded of ABS and TPE in one step; the filter is inserted by an Engel easix jointed-arm robot
; the servo-electric index plate rotates the mold so that the filter can be joined to the body by overmolding with PP; the robot demolds parts for seal inspection.
The system is designed for platen mounting of a Motoman jointed-arm robot
(photo inset below) so that the overall width is only 500 mm more than a standard machine.
Reis's process uses a five-axis, jointed-arm robot
to manipulate a profile die attached to an extruder by a heated flexible tube.
A six-axis jointed-arm robot
is used because it can reach all points of the mold and can orient its wrist to reach any vertical walls.
Sytrama of Italy (New Castle, Del.; sytrama-usa.com) and Staubli Robotics (Duncan, S.C.; staubli.us) demonstrated linear and jointed-arm robots
that use compact laser scanners (such as from Sick AG in Germany) to sense the presence of humans.
The system uses one or more jointed-arm robots
for pattern forming, coupled with flexible programming capability with the human machine interface.
"Six-axis jointed-arm robots
are more flexible than linear handling devices, and were therefore the most efficient automation solution for us," explains Dipl.-Ing.
These jointed-arm robots
require no guarding to work around people.
Supplies jointed-arm robots
with four to six axes and payload capacities up to 220 lb.
Six-axis, jointed-arm robots
are gaining popularity in molding for their extreme flexibility and ability to perform a number of operations within a single press cycle.