Plastics processors with applications requiring fast, precise multi-axis parts manipulation, now can choose 5- and 6-axis robots that have been configured specifically injection molding. Sepro Robotique, in partnership with Stäubli Robotics, will introduce the new designs at the Fakuma 2012 trade show, which takes place in Friedrichshafen, Germany, 16 - 20 October, 2012. On Stand 1203 in Hall A1, Sepro will demonstrate two examples of the new product lines:
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• The 5X Line featuring a 3-axis Cartesian beam robot equipped with a Stäubli 2-axis wrist
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• The 6X Visual Line of articulated-arm robots manufactured by Stäubli for Sepro.
Both units will be controlled by the powerful Visual 3 control from Sepro, which was developed especially for injection molding and well-known for its simplicity of operation and user-friendliness.
“For years, injection molders with complex automation requirements have had to make a difficult choice,” explains Jean-Michel Renaudeau, Managing Director of the company, which is headquartered in La Roche sur Yon, France. “They could choose Cartesian beam robots that were designed for their applications but usually limited to 3 primary axes of motion, or they could select a 6-axis polyarticulated robot designed for general industrial applications. Now, thanks to our partnership with Stäubli, they can have the best of both worlds: high-quality multi-axis solutions created with the needs of injection molders in mind.”
Sepro and Stäubli have been cooperating successfully since 2006, with Sepro integrating the Stäubli multi-axis robots when those capabilities were required. Now they have taken that relationship a step further.
The 5X Line features Sepro 3-axis Cartesian beam robots with 2-axis Stäubli wrists and the Sepro Visual 3 control. The 5X robots are available in three sizes for injection-molding machines from 30 to 800 tons.
The 6X Visual Line of robots combines a Stäubli multi-axis robot with the Sepro Visual 3 control to deliver a general-purpose automation solution in five models to serve injection molding machines from 20 to 4000 tons.
With Visual 3, Sepro’s proprietary and very adaptable control, it is very simple to program a multi-axis robot on an injection-molding machine. Visual controls make it simple and intuitive to create almost any program, even complex cycles requiring path tracking, flaming, part outlining, and so on. Processors who are already familiar with the Visual control platform will find that very little additional training is required to become proficient at programming multi-axis robots for injection molding.
Under the partnership agreement, Sepro will provide installation, start-up and repair and maintenance assistance through its global service structure.
“Sepro and Stäubli share strong values,” says Jean-Michel Renaudeau. “We are both committed to advancing technology while delivering quality products and excellent, local service to customers wherever they are in the world.”
Stäubli Robotics is part of Swiss group that also supplies industrial solutions to the textile and electrical-connector markets. With 4000 employees, Stäubli is present in 25 countries and is supported by a large distribution network that covers a total of 50 countries. For the past 30 years, the main Group site and head office of Stäubli Robotics has been located in Faverges, France. Stäubli robots are designed and manufactured in France and used in many different industrial sectors and applications including plastics, automotive, machine tools, medical and food industries..
Founded in 1973 and now headquartered in La Roche-sur-Yon (France), Sepro Robotique was one of the first companies in the world to develop Cartesian beam robots for injection-molding machines, introducing its first CNC controlled “manipulator” in 1981. Today, Sepro is the largest independent seller of Cartesian robots in Europe. Its German subsidiary, Sepro Robotique GmbH, is headquartered in Dietzenbach, near Frankfurt, and customers around the world are supported by numerous direct sales and service offices as well as independent business partners, distributors and service hubs that extend Sepro’s global network to over 40 other countries. Sepro’s German subsidiary accounts for 20% of the company’s global turnover of approximately €55 million. Sepro is the largest robot supplier of the automotive industry in Europe and North America, and has equipped more than 22,000 injection-molding machines worldwide.
For more information, visit www.sepro-robotique.com