Six-axis robots improving the plastics industry

Aug 9, 2013

Six-axis robots help to increase the effectiveness on the plastic product production line. Six-axis robots are flexible and can handle objects with as much or as little force as necessary. These industrial robots can also be programmed to handle small or large products, while also being re-tasked when necessary.


In the past, the plas­tics indus­try used three-axis, gantry robots in their demold­ing and pick and place appli­ca­tions. Now, plas­tics facil­i­ties use six-axis robots for the same process­es because of the industry’s more com­plex operations.

Accord­ing to an arti­cle from Plas­tics Tech­nol­o­gy, the rea­son for the change from three to six-axis robots in plas­tics had to do with the grow­ing demand for robots that could bet­ter ori­ent the part, as well as com­plete the pick and place appli­ca­tion. Six-axis robots had the degrees of free­dom to fit the bill.

Some of the work pieces had to be turned by the plas­tics six-axis robots while in the mold to make the ejec­tion process eas­i­er. As with many oth­er indus­tries, the plas­tics indus­try also faces small­er and small­er runs of prod­ucts, need­ing to alter prod­ucts often to keep up with com­pe­ti­tion in the mar­ket. When it comes to quick re-task­ing, the plas­tics indus­try knew that six-axis robots would once again suit their needs because of their programmability.

By switch­ing to the six-axis robots, the plas­tics indus­try has been able to save mon­ey on labor and pro­duc­tion costs, while also sav­ing mon­ey in the oper­a­tions area. With the inte­gra­tion of these robots, man­u­fac­tur­ers are able to use few­er fix­tures because of the improved manip­u­la­tion in the six-axis robots.

Over­all, the plas­tics indus­try has improved their pro­duc­tiv­i­ty while low­er­ing their costs since the switch to six-axis robots, as well as enhanc­ing their products.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for six-axis robots for the plas­tics indus­try, as well as oth­ers, has sev­er­al six-axis robots avail­able for cus­tomiza­tion and pur­chase. These robots can per­form dozens of appli­ca­tions, includ­ing mul­ti­ple weld­ing, mate­r­i­al han­dling and mate­r­i­al removal processes.

For more infor­ma­tion about the six-axis robots for the plas­tics indus­try, as well as robots for oth­er indus­tries, con­tact Robots​.com online or at 8777626881.

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