Stäubli Robotics have introduced a 6-axis shelf mounted robot into their range of 4-axis and 6-axis robots specifically designed for the plastics market. The TX340 SH can be mounted on top of the injection moulding machine; with excellent reach and payload capability production flexibility is increased, all within a smaller footprint than conventional gantry robots.
Stäubli’s 6-axis robots are ideal for injection moulding applications; not only can they provide high speed demoulding but with six degrees of freedom are able to perform many secondary operations at the side of the moulding machine, such as desprueing, part inspection, assembly tasks and packaging – usually all within the machine’s moulding cycle. Stäubli’s robot range has been developed in close co-operation with end users in the plastics market to ensure that the robots are responsive and easy to use, meeting all the demanding real-time operational requirements of injection moulding.
The latest introduction to the range is the TX340 SH, a shelf mountable, 6-axis robot that can be positioned on top of the IMM. Mounting on top of the IMM reduces the cell footprint and allows the robot to operate effectively on both sides of the machine. The robot can handle payloads up to 165kgs and has an exceptional reach of 3680mm, features that make it suitable for larger moulding shop tasks.
Designed with IP65 protection this powerful machine can operate at speeds up to 12 metres/second while still maintaining a repeatability of +/- 0.1mm over its full working envelope.
The economic benefits of automation by using 6-axis robots have never been clearer. While labour rates continue to rise and availability of skills provides on-going difficulties, the real cost of robots has been decreasing. Payback periods of 18 months and less are achievable through increased productivity and reduced wastage of materials, in addition to the benefits of operator safety, which are realised immediately.
Stäubli’s team of robot specialists are available to give advice on how the advantages of their robot range can benefit manufacturers in their specific applications. Many end users are standardising on Stäubli for all their multi-axis automation requirements. They are realising the benefits that flow from a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the wide-ranging capabilities of these advanced, user friendly robots.
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