Robots for Injection Molding Applications

Robotic injection molding provides optimal solutions for manufacturers with the versatility they offer on the production line. Injection molding robots can be rail mounted, offer a variety of axial positions, and dual arm solution options. Injection molding machines and rail-mounted robots take up less space while also covering a larger distance quickly and effectively.


When it comes to engi­neer­ing the right robot­ic solu­tion for injec­tion mold­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ers can get cre­ative with their rail­ing-mount­ing, axis posi­tions, and/​or dual arms solu­tion options.


Rail-mount­ed robots and injec­tion mold­ing machines are a win­ning com­bi­na­tion. Robots that are attached to rails take up less room and can cov­er large dis­tances very effec­tive­ly and quick­ly. Their expand­able range is help­ful when it comes to load­ing and unload­ing parts to and from the injec­tion mold­ing machine and oth­er con­vey­ors, etc.

Fanuc and KUKA have cre­at­ed a selec­tion of rail-mount­ed robots that work very well with injec­tion mold­ing machines. They include the M16iB/​20T, M‑710iC/​T, SR Mate 200i, as well as the R‑2000iB/​200T. KUKA’s Jet series (KR 30 jet and KR 60 jet) pro­vides rail-mount­ed flex­i­bil­i­ty for this application. 

Axis Two

Many robots for injec­tion mold­ing appli­ca­tions fea­ture mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the stan­dard 6‑axis struc­ture, name­ly the robot is posi­tioned low­er and the sec­ond axis is moved for­ward. This gives the robots a deep­er work enve­lope, per­fect for injec­tion mold machine tend­ing.

The Motoman EPH press series, KUKA shelf-mount­ed KS and K series, as well as ABB’s IRB 1600, IRB 4400, and IRB 6650 robots pro­vide excep­tion­al flex­i­bil­i­ty thanks to altered 6‑axis design.


Anoth­er robot alter­na­tive for tend­ing injec­tion mold­ing appli­ca­tions is a Motoman dual arm robot. Unique­ly designed, dual-arm robots pro­vide 15 axes of move­ment, excep­tion­al part acces­si­bil­i­ty, and speed. Motoman’s dual-arm robots include the DA9iC, SDA10D and SDA20D.

Inter­est­ed in a robot­ic injec­tion mold­ing solu­tion? Con­tact Robots​.com online or at 8777626881.

Jul 29, 2010