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Staubli robots provide the ideal solution for injection moulding specialists

Stäubli Robotics

The integration of multi-axis robots within the trade injection moulding sector is gaining pace as moulders increasingly realise the benefits of automation. Frequently, an initial reluctance to adopt multi-axis robot solutions stems from partial appreciation of the cost/benefit profile achievable by using the latest automation equipment.

One of the first injection moulding companies to appreciate the advantages of using multi-axis robots was W.H. Smith & Sons of Minworth in the West Midlands. WHS installed their first robot 12 years ago (and it remains in regular use today) while they now boast a complement of 9 Stäubli robots with plans currently being reviewed for further additions in the coming months.

Initially, there was some scepticism regarding the use of multi-axis robots. WHS were conversant with simple pick & place robots which they built themselves and used extensively alongside the injection moulding machines, but the more complex industrial robot was regarded as possibly too advanced, complex and difficult to justify. Working closely with Stäubli engineers and having the opportunity to evaluate an ex-display model in their own works, convinced WHS that multi-axis robots provided the ideal solution to a number of manufacturing cell problem areas and could readily be integrated into their systems at a realistic cost.

From the start WHS selected Stäubli as their robot supplier being impressed not only with the adaptability and ease of use of the RX range of robots but also the level and quality of customer service. As Greg Boden, WHS Engineering Manager commented “Stäubli from the outset understood our needs and helped at every stage to smooth the introduction of robot technology into our existing working practices. This set them apart from the other suppliers we contacted, Stäubli made it easy.” 

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