NASHVILLE, TENN. — Robotic Production Technology introduced a high-speed, six-axis robot for trimming at SPE's Thermoforming Division conference, Sept. 19-22 in Nashville, and announced plans to move to a larger plant.
``This robot is the fastest on the market,'' claimed RPT Executive Vice President James Wogan. ``It has a 54-month mean time between failure and can make geographic shapes in any plane.''
RPT plans to direct its marketing for the Robo-Trim to fabricators in the thermoforming industry. The company's focus had been in the fiberglass and sheet molding compound market.
``We have 1,200 robots in the field doing routing, gluing, sealing, cutting, materials handling, water-jet cutting and welding,'' Wogan said.
The $140,000 Robo-Trim operates on a Fanuc motor and includes a tool changer, spindle and fencing.
RPT employs 100 at four buildings totaling 80,000 square feet in Madison Heights, Mich. In two months, it plans to move to a new 94,000-square-foot plant in Auburn Hills, Mich. The firm will hire more employees and add a technical area. Wogan did not disclose the amount invested.