CHICAGO — SAS Automation Ltd. introduced two computer numerically controlled, robotic sprue-degater systems at Plastics USA in Chicago.
The Aeroboy is a CNC, programmable degater system that mounts directly to a robot beam manipulator. The machine minimizes floor space while reducing labor costs associated with hand degating of sprues.
Once the part is in place, the Aeroboy moves to preprogrammed, multiple-gate locations for degating. The machine can be programmed to cut any gate configuration of different molded parts, saving mold setup and change time. The robot also can match the robot manipulator's operating sequences.
The robot can be installed on any brand of injection molding machine, starting with 150 tons of clamping capacity. It can be expanded to work on 850-ton machines with larger X-Y-Z travel requirements. The Aeroboy costs $9,995.
Unlike the Aeroboy, SAS' new Robocut is a floor-mounted system for gate cutting. The degater receives the molded part in its own fixture from the manipulator on the robot. The robot can rotate beyond 360 degrees without problems associated with twisting hoses.
The Robocut's price is set at $17,995.
SAS, headquartered in Xenia, Ohio, has been in business two years. The company supplies modular robotic end-of-arm tooling, plus post-mold auxiliary equipment, including nipper and CNC degating systems.