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  • Special Report: Robust growth on horizon for flexible collaborative robots

    Issue: September 2016

    The cobots are coming. Cobots — robots that work collaboratively with workers — are taking root in the plastics processing industry, and early adopters say they perform well at mundane tasks, freeing humans to do more demanding work. Several trends point to robust growth for cobots. A robot... [more]

  • Special Report: Meet the cobots

    Issue: September 2016

    The Following are examples of collaborative robots available for the plastics processing industry: UR3, UR5, UR10/Universal Robots Universal Robots (UR), part of North Reading, Mass.-based Teradyne, introduced its first collaborative robot in 2008, claiming to launch the cobot industry. The product portfolio... [more]

  • Special Report: 3-axis robots faster, smarter, more flexible

    Issue: September 2016

    Advances in three-axis Cartesian robots are bringing new capabilities to plastics processing plants. Molders can expect these linear robots to deliver higher speeds and bigger payloads. Daryl Isken, national sales manager of Star Automation Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis., said the need for greater precision... [more]

  • Special Report: Programmability, lower costs make robots ideal for complex tasks

    Issue: September 2016

    Six-axis, articulated-arm robots are gaining interest from injection molders for operations that involve complex post-molding tasks. Until recently, many molders have considered six-axis robots out of reach because of higher costs or difficulty in programming, but that is changing, according to robot... [more]

  • Special Report: Unique integration of robotic, nonrobotic cells on rise

    Issue: September 2016

    Custom automation solutions that utilize multi-axis robots, pick-and-place units and Scara robots are often overlooked but their use is growing. When automation system integrators and robotic suppliers create these one-of-a-kind automation cells, efficiency is the name of the game. Automation integrators... [more]

  • Wittmann Battenfeld USA to host open house, innovations workshop

    Thu, Sep 15, 2016

    On Oct. 5-6, Wittmann Battenfeld USA will open the doors of its headquarters in Torrington, Conn., so visitors can tour the facilities and attend a series of presentations. The activities, including live demonstrations of work cells and 30 technical presentations, will put special emphasis on developments... [more]

  • Special Report: Manufacturers provide guidance on robot purchasing decisions

    Issue: September 2016

    An injection molder could have many reasons to consider the purchase of a robot, but determining which model and size are ideal for current and future needs can be difficult. Any robot manufacturer can provide a sales agent or perhaps an engineer to discuss why a robot would be a benefit in an existing... [more]

  • FCS, Yizumi debut all-electric presses at Taipei Plas

    Issue: September 2016

    Injection molding machinery suppliers debuted new products during Taipei Plas International Plastics & Rubber Industry Show held Aug. 12-16 in Taipei, Taiwan. FCS introduces HE Series Fu Chun Shin Machinery Manufacture Co. Ltd. (FCS), Tainan, Taiwan, debuted the first model in a new line of all-electric... [more]

  • Fiber-laser welding gaining foothold

    Issue: September 2016

    Welding is the lifeblood of any tool and die shop, and several welding options are available for performing mold repairs. While each technique has its pros and cons, advances in laser welding technology are providing significant advantages for mold repair, resulting in faster turnaround and less reworking.... [more]

  • NuTec completes upgrade of medical assembly line

    Issue: September 2016

    NuTec Tooling Systems Inc., Meadville, Pa., has completed the 11th upgrade of a medical assembly automation project undertaken in conjunction with a major medical device supplier. Since the companies began their collaboration, the device supplier has invested several million dollars in the assembly line,... [more]

Geiss T10 thermoforming machine demonstrated
Michael Roche from Geiss LLC highlights the Geiss T10 thermoforming machine using a Siemens seamless solution control system.