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FANUC automate @ Interplas 2014
FANUC automate @ Interplas 2014
FANUC automate @ Interplas 2014
FANUC automate @ Interplas 2014

FANUC automate @ Interplas 2014

Added to MTDCNC by FANUC on 08 October 2014

Making its presence felt as a market leading manufacturer of All Electric injection moulding machines and automation solutions, FANUC UK used the recent Interplas 2014 exhibition at the NEC as a platform to highlight its latest groundbreaking technologies.

With an 160sq/m stand, the key reason behind FANUC’s presence was twofold. The primary reason for exhibiting was to draw attention to the complete line of automation solutions that can be easily integrated into any manufacturing environment to reduce costs and improve productivity and quality. Secondly, with an increasingly cost and environment conscious audience, FANUC UK wanted to highlight how its electronic injection moulding machines can reduce energy consumption by over 50% when compared with the hydraulic machines that have been the mainstay of the industry for so long.

Unlike competitors that integrate their injection moulding products with robotics from alternate vendors, FANUC has the expertise to deliver a complete turnkey solution to any production environment. This was apparent at Interplas with a FANUC Alpha S150ia injection moulding machine working in harmony with a CR10 linear robot from Hi-Tech Automation that incorporates the FANUC Power Motion iA control unit. This project highlighted FANUC’s capability to mould, high precision medical devices in a fully automated environment , including additional an additional 6 axis robot to pick and check the parts using a line tracking vision system.

Alongside the Alpha machine was an M3ia FANUC robot cell that was showing-off its impressive pick and place skills via its track and vision technology. In essence, this system photographs the parts on a conveyor to identify position and orientation. This information is relayed to the robot that picks the part from the conveyor. It eliminates the necessity for exact positional precision and can be implemented into a variety of sectors that are producing complex shapes.

Whilst the Alpha S150iA and M3ia were showing some of the latest and most innovative solutions from FANUC, it was the Roboshot S2000i-300B that clearly caught the attention of stand visitors. This moulding machine was not only moulding, but also packaging the moulded products. Working in harmony with a 6-axis FANUC robot, the workflow went from part moulding and weight checking through to vision inspection and finally packing the parts into boxes. By demonstrating how end users can completely automate a production, quality and packaging process, it was evident that FANUC is the benchmark in this technology. A technology that is increasingly on the up; FANUC UK now estimates that over 50% of its injection moulding machines are now sold with a robotic automation cell.

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