Automated Plastic Routing with Robots

Oct 7, 2013

When you are need of the perfect solution for your plastic routing, consider automating with industrial robots. Automating your routing production line means tool paths are controlled via CNC routers, increasing the throughput and decreasing costs.


Instead of hand-held rout­ing, tool paths can be con­trolled via CNC routers or robot­ic automa­tion. This type of rout­ing increas­es through­put and decreas­es costs for plas­tics manufacturers.

Fanuc-based robots are used in the RPT RoboT­rim router trim­ming solu­tion. Robot­ic Pro­duc­tion Tech­nol­o­gy has cre­at­ed 15 mod­els of the RoboT­rim, includ­ing the RT-400, designed specif­i­cal­ly for the plas­tics indus­try. The RT-400 is portable and can be used by ther­mo­form­ers, injec­tion mold­ers, blow mold­ers, and rota­tion­al mold­ers. A ser­vo-con­trolled table rotates the part while the robot is trim­ming, allow­ing each side of the part to be trimmed in a com­pact work cell. This mod­el uses a Fanuc-based R‑44A 6‑axis robot.

The high reli­a­bil­i­ty, improved flex­i­bil­i­ty, and enhanced safe­ty are the key ben­e­fits to the RoboT­rim rout­ing solu­tion. Robot­ic Pro­duc­tion Tech­nol­o­gy con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the plas­tics mar­ket with new prod­ucts such as the RoboT­rim RT-400.

To solve the prob­lem of machin­ing plas­tic tops, Encobotics cre­at­ed a coor­di­nat­ed motion rout­ing cell with quick-change tool­ing, called the Robo-Router. This plas­tics rout­ing cell fea­tures the KUKA KR6 6‑axis robot. The robot loads the plas­tic tops onto vac­u­um fix­tures that are eas­i­ly main­tained for an extreme­ly cost-effec­tive appli­ca­tion. The Robo-Router cut pro­duc­tion time in half, elim­i­nat­ed scrap parts, cut the cost of pro­cess­ing, and enhanced the actu­al product. 

Using robots from com­pa­nies such as Fanuc and KUKA help elim­i­nate unnec­es­sary costs, as well as speed pro­duc­tion times, for plas­tics rout­ing because they have been proven brand names to design and pro­duce some of the world’s best robots. Robots​.com pro­vides Inte­gra­tion-Ready Fanuc, KUKA, Motoman, and ABB robots and can help you choose the right rout­ing robot for your needs. For more infor­ma­tion about automat­ing removal with Robots​.com, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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