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June 1, 1999

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Product News - End-Of-Arm-Tooling Designed For Insert Molding Applications

End-Of-Arm-Tooling Designed For Insert Molding Applications

pn29-699.jpgA new robotic end-of-arm-tool (EOAT), called Insert EOAT, is designed for various types of insert molding. Unit can insert cloth material from rolls with a needle gripper and parts in two-shot insert molds. It can also transfer inserted 'cores' from side-by-side presses.

In the photo, vinyl material is loaded on the Insert EOAT outside the robotic workcell. The robot moves the tool with the vinyl insert into the injection mold. Once in location (aided by guide pins), the Insert EOAT inserts the vinyl with a 'pin-to-pin' transfer device.

This device is also integrated with the manufacturer's modular, adjustable tooling system. This design is said to achieve a motion movement that provides a flexible and aligned insert.

Once the insert is in place, the Insert EOAT, which is also double-sided for part removal, indexes to the other side to remove the molded material from the other half of the mold. This minimizes mold open time and maximizes injection molding machine productivity.

Prior to this development, according to the manufacturer, injection molders needed two operators to load material from each side, often compromising insert accuracy and, in some cases, safety.

Pricing depends on a number of options, as well as the complexity of the process. Please contact the company directly for information (use the Key Contact Directory).

>SAS< Automation, Ltd.
Xenia, OH 

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