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Robotic Automation Offers Solutions to Today’s Difficult Plastics-Processing Challenges

As an injection molder, you face more serious challenges to success today than at any time in recent memory. You endure heightened pressure to increase production levels while struggling to find and keep workers with the necessary technical knowledge and experience. Even non-skilled workers are in short supply. Plant-floor space limitations and supply-chain constraints make it difficult and/or expensive to increase production capacity, and profitability objectives demand increased quality and efficiency. 

Fortunately, Sepro Group, a leader in injection-molding automation for 50 years, offers a whole range of solutions, including complete, integrated manufacturing cells that can include more than one molding machine, plus peripheral components that add value to the parts you produce.

Centralized data & modular architecture to maximize performance.

This cell is a demonstration of Smart Automation Systems, a modular and scalable solution for your process integration, downstream your IMM to the AMR.
Production: sailing boats
IMM: Milacron 110T
Robots: NEW 5X-15 and 6X140.2 
Cycle time: 4.5 sec
Mold: 1 cavity
Controller: Visual 2 with Robot Control Integration in the IMM

All equipments from the IMM, robots and peripherals, are controlled by the new centralized Sepro’s controller : Visual+.

This allows real-time Data Acquisition of your whole process into one unique Dashboard for complete traceability and all OEE indicators fr your downstream operations

Smart Automation Systems - cell in 3D

Smart Automation Systems maximizes the performance and integration of your moulding process.​

Based on a modular architecture and centralized Sepro controller:​

  • Links to the Press and coordinates complex movements of Robots and all Peripherals. ​
  • Optimized process development, production quality and traceability thanks to relevant KPI and data analysis thanks to its connectivity.​
  • Unique central HMI for a better user operation experience​
  • Each peripheric considered as an HW/SW module with its defined inputs/outputs interface​
  • Reduced footprint with a single cabinet​.

Smart Automation Systems: the intelligent automation of your downstream press operations around a single central controller, for optimum efficiency of your production tool.​

Cell 3 - Step by step 

Cell 3 is producing Sailing Boats with following phases : ​

  1. The Milacron press is molding the boat in 2 separate parts : the hull and the sail. Sepro and Milacron logos are molded on the sail.​

  2. Cartesian robot 5X15 takes the 2 parts out of the press (Y-free mode). ​

  3. 6X140.2 robot takes the hull in the 5X gripper, and then the 2 robots are working together to assembly the boat (sail is putted in the hull).​

  4. 6X robot takes the assembled boat kept by the 5X and then pass over inkjet marking, printing QR Code on the fly, allowing to connect to a cloud server where Production Data of each boat are stored.​

  5. 6X presents Boat in front of a Station equipped with 2 Pneumatic Probes to get the height of the boat. This data is stored on the Cloud for production traceability.​

  6. 6X places the boat in the Tray to fill it.​

  7. Once Tray is full, and if e-Cobot AMR is present, Parts Tray is pushed by 6X on the AMR.​

  8. Once Tray is present on AMR, it goes on a mission to Stand to distribute Boats. Mass measured by Scale on the AMR allows to determine if the tray is empty or not, to go back in the Machine.​

  9. When empty Tray is back on the AMR, 6X picks it up and places it on stack of empty trays on bottom Conveyor. Once loading Station is empty, 6X picks up an empty tray from stack on the bottom conveyor​.

  10. Special cases : if the AMR is coming back with remaining pieces on Tray, or if Tray is full of boat without presence of the AMR to evacuate it (relieving this loading workstation), these Tray can be respectively taken and putted on the top conveyor, in order to evacuate these Tray and distribute the boats.

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