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Small linear robots from KraussMaffei gain several upgrades

Issue: May 2017

LRX KraussMaffei has upgraded its line of small linear robots, which are suitable for insertion, demolding and packaging applications. The LRX 50, 100 and 150 models are for use with hydraulic and all-electric injection molding machines with clamping forces ranging from 39 tons to 730 tons.

What’s new? Numerous features. The robots’ electronics have a redesigned control cabinet that is climate controlled and rated IP54 for protection against water and dirt. The new fixed design of the X-axis ensures that there is no overhang in the area of the injection unit or the material hopper for improved accessibility. Rack-and-pinion drives replace toothed belts for precise, fast movements in all axes.

Benefits Productivity, precision and energy-efficiency. The robots’ new, lightweight design allows for the use of smaller drive units that reduce energy consumption. A new digital vacuum-monitoring system for the end-of-arm tooling has an integrated air-saving function that makes it possible to reduce compressed air use by as much as 90 percent. Also, quick-change covers on the Y-axis allow for fast gripper changes.

KraussMaffei Group USA, Florence, Ky., 859-283-0200, www.kraussmaffeigroup.us