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Robotic solutions for processors of plastics

Stäubli Robotics

Stäubli Robotics at K-Trade Fair Düsseldorf, hall 11 / booth H11

At the Düsseldorf trade fair, Stäubli Robotics will be showcasing advanced automation solutions for the plastics processing industry. At the ­Stäubli exhibition stand, trade visitors will have the opportunity to view a customised range of products featuring innovative robots, state-of-the-art programming and highly straightforward integration.

 Many of the robots and software tools due to go on display have been developed in close cooperation with plastic processors and machinery manufacturers. With its series of robots specially developed for plastics, Stäubli offers the perfect solution for the automation of injection moulding plants, whether for use in harsh production environments or in cleanroom scenarios. The special robots for plastics in the TX and RX series are the machines of choice for a variety of operations such as unloading of parts, full machining of injection-moulded parts, in-mould decoration, in-mould labelling, or for use inside the moulding machine and for many more applications besides.

The speedy six-axis robots are increasingly to be found undertaking downstream tasks such as deburring, testing, cutting, gluing, assembling and packaging. Stäubli robots tick all the boxes when carrying out these roles not only on account of their sleek structure and precision, but even more so with their dynamics: when loading and unloading injection moulding machines, tool-open times can be kept to a bare minimum. The Plastics series of robots can handle loads up to a maximum of 34 kilos. It extends from the compact TX40 plastics via the middleweight TX60 and TX90 classes to the RX160 plastics with its reach of up to two metres.
A Stäubli RX160 scores in terms of maximum precision whilst carrying out insertion /  removal operations on injection moulds. Yet at the same time, movement sequences must be extremely rapid in order to keep tool-open times as short as possible.
A Stäubli RX160 scores in terms of maximum precision whilst carrying out insertion / removal operations on injection moulds. Yet at the same time, movement sequences must be extremely rapid in order to keep tool-open times as short as possible.
Automotive supplier Key Plastics uses an Engel injection moulding cell with Stäubli robot. The special feature here is that, thanks to its open interface, programming of the six-axis robot is fully integrated into the Engel plant control system.
Photo: Engel

Three brand new special kinematics

Stäubli now aims to meet the latest, as yet unsatisfied, needs of customers in the plastics processing sector with three additional special kinematic models, namely the new TX340 SH shelf robot, the ultra-fast four-axis TP80 and the RX170 hsm machining robot. The shelf-mounted robot can handle substantial loads of up to 165 kilos with a reach of 3.7 metres.

The Fast Picker TP80 with well over 200 picks per minute is recommended for all rapid pick-and-place applications in the plastics industry. The RX170 hsm processing robot, however, has been designed for the rapid and straightforward machining of plastic materials. The sixth axis of this special robot has been replaced by a milling spindle and, thanks to its reach, relatively large workpieces can be precisely machined. In combination with a traversing axis, machining of plastic parts that are several metres long is also no problem.
Programming: Everything is possible
As regards programming, Stäubli Robotics utilises a three-stage approach that is tailored to meet the most diverse requirements.
Seasoned robotics users program with VAL3. This proprietary Stäubli high-level language is very easy to learn and makes programming of robots a highly efficient process.
Software developers have developed VALplast application software so that plant operators and system integrators can benefit from the robot’s many talents without having any special know­ledge. This user-friendly interface facilitates exceptionally fast programming on the basis of predefined building blocks. In addition, Stäubli offers machine manu­facturers the option of operating the robots via the control system of the moulding machine. This is made possible by the ready-to-plug uniVal Drive software solution, a real-time interface for the integration of Scara and six-axis kinematic models under external control.
At their trade stand in Düsseldorf, Stäubli Robotics will demonstrate how contemporary automation solutions for the plastics processing industry can be both highly productive and cost-effective to run. Across a broad spectrum of sectors – automotive, aviation, aerospace, food, pharmaceutical, medical and the like – wherever the job involves automated applications for plastics processing, Stäubli Robotics will have the right solution in its portfolio. 
About Stäubli: Textile Machinery, Connectors and Robotics
Stäubli is a mechatronics solution provider with three dedicated divisions: textile machinery, connectors and robotics. With a workforce of 4000, Stäubli has a presence in 25 countries and agents in 50 countries around the world.

For more information please contact:
Sonja Koban
Head of Marketing
+49 (0)921 88 32 12

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