Swiss injection mold and in-mold labeling (IML) automation specialist H. Müller-Fabrique de Moules S.A. (Contey) will present its new six-axis industrial robot at Fakuma 2015 in hall A4, booth 4105.
The Flexstar system performs especially well in low-volume to mid-size runs, where frequent changes in SKUs, labels and format are required. It is equally well suited for use in product development, in pilot tests, market test phases and zero series production for fill line validation, for example.
Cups and lids in all common shapes and sizes can be decorated in a reliable, trouble-free manner. Depending on whether the products are gated from the inside or outside, labels can be inserted in the cavity and finished parts removed from either the stationary or moveable half of the mold.
The system has a surprisingly small footprint and a modular architecture. The robot is capable of performing minor assembly steps or inserting auxiliary parts, and the unit can be equipped with a vision control system, stacker or packaging module, as needed.
Up to four cavity applications can be accommodated. The robot has been configured for dynamic insertion: Before the mold is completely open, the gripping arm advances into the machine. The labels are inserted in the mold and the finished parts are removed and stacked. Subsequently, new labels are picked up from the magazines and the gripping arm returns to its waiting position. To date, the robot has been configured for injection molding machines in sizes up to approximately 2500 kN; additional versions for larger injection molding machines are under development.
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