Conair Group touts new BE-950 robot
Pittsburgh-based Conair Group said its BE-950 pick-and-place robot is like a beam robot but priced like a sprue picker.
The unit has standard pneumatic power on the vertical and kick strokes, and electric drive for horizontal motion.
The BE-950 can handle payloads up to 6.6 pounds. It boasts a 1.5-second takeout time and an 8-second overall cycle. The standard 90-degree wrist rotation allows parts to be placed, under control, onto a belt conveyor or table. The robot can be programmed for multiple drop locations.
Other key dimensions include a 37-inch main-arm vertical stroke, a 57-inch horizontal stroke and a 6-inch main-arm strip stroke.
Tel. (412) 312-6000, fax (412) 312-6320.
Customer challenges Geiger technicians
Geiger Handling Systems AG, an automation supplier and system integrator based in Schwarzenburg, Switzerland, coordinated a turnkey system at a clean-room medical molder.
The company, which Geiger did not identify, molds pharmaceutical containers on one injection press, covers on another press, then assembles the parts, all in a Class 100 clean room.
Each injection press has its own StÃ¤ubli RX 130 articulating-arm robot with vacuum grippers. One challenge was removing and assembling the dissimilar parts within the cycle time of the two presses - 23 seconds for the first mold, and 13 seconds for the other mold. The takeout interval time was two seconds to remove four containers and four covers.
The two robots transfer the injection molded parts to the center of the cell, where the covers and containers are assembled. Then one robot places the assembled containers onto a conveyor belt, which takes them to a Class 1,000 clean room for more processing.
The complete system includes waste parts chutes, vacuum grippers and monitoring equipment and all parts handling.
Tel. +31 (734) 3143, fax +31 (734) 3100, e-mail [email protected]
Robotic Production shows off software
Robotic Production Technology of Auburn Hills, Mich., demonstrated new simulation software and a new laser cutting system at an open house June 22-24.
TrimPro is a personal-computer-based software that allows users to simulate and program a robot in three-dimensional space. RPT developed the software with Fanuc Robotics, based on its SimPRO software.
TrimPro can be used for water-jet cutting, deflashing and router trimming. At the open house, the software was shown water-jet cutting a small car headliner.
Robo-Lase is a robotic laser-cutting system, developed by RPT partner Robot Technology of Kleinostheim, Germany. Robo-Lase offers the precision and cut quality of robotic laser cutting to automotive trim manufacturers, vacuum forming firms and paint film producers, said Chuck Russo, RPT chief executive officer.
``It allows for trimming of some parts that cannot be processed with other trimming methods and has superior cut-edge quality compared to trim presses,'' Russo said.
Tel. (248) 829-2800, fax (248) 829-2750.
Swedish firm touts DVD finishing line
M2 Engineering AB, a company in Stockholm, Sweden, that makes optical disc production equipment, said its new finishing line for DVDs has a cycle time of less than two seconds per disc.
The SQ200 can whip out more than 36,000 digital versatile discs per day.
M2 said world production of DVDs should grow 50 percent a year, to reach nearly 5 billion units by the end of 2005.
The company said the SQ200 is very flexible, with a modular design that will make it easy to upgrade to future disc formats.
M2 launched the machine at the Media-Tech Expo in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 25-27. The company expects to ship the first machine in September.
Tel. +46 (8) 5065-6000, e-mail [email protected]
Mastip Technology opens Wis. office
Mastip Technology Ltd., which makes hot runners, temperature controllers and related products in Auckland, New Zealand, has opened a North American customer support center in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
David Shirley was appointed vice president and general manager of the North American operation, in Menomonee.
Tel. (262) 366-0117.