How to Achieve Higher Throughput and Shorter Cycle Times in the Plastics Industry

May 14 - 16 at Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Ontario,

DUNCAN, SC - Each year PLAST-EX offers an eye-opening look at the latest innovations in the plastics industry - and this year's show, taking place May 14 - 16 at Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Ontario, will be no exception. The exhibit from Stäubli Connectors and Robotics at Booth 2115, featuring technologically advanced robotics and connection systems, will be a must-see for anyone who wants to know what's next for the plastics industry.


An industry pioneer, Stäubli introduced the first line of 6-axis robots designed specifically for use in the plastics industry - and continues to be at the industry's leading edge. Today Stäubli plastics robots meet a full range of automation needs, from high-speed demolding, two-shot molding, in-mold decoration and labeling to insert loading, product assembly, testing and packaging.

The exhibit at Booth 2115 will focus on solutions for delivering higher throughput and shorter cycle times. Of the entire event, the lightning fast TP80 Fast Picker is certain to be a highlight. Representing "the future of high-speed kinematics," this 4-axis robot sets new benchmarks for pick and place applications with speeds of more than 200 picks per minute. It is also more flexible, agile and lightweight than the majority of robots on the market, maintaining high precision with homogenous repeatability throughout the entire work envelope. In addition to the TP80 Fast Picker, Stäubli will exhibit the TX60 Stericlean, an ultra-precise six-axis industrial robot, and the TS60 conveyor tracking system for dual picking and placing of parts.

Stäubli's quick mold change system, anticipated to be another event highlight at PLAST-EX, is designed to improve cycle times and productivity at every step of the process: mold loading, mold clamping, energy connection, handling and processing, with a variety of clamping systems, single and multi-couplings suited to various requirements, and robots for automating product handling and post-processing.

PLAST-EX covers every aspect of plastics industry operations, with technologies for increased efficiency and output, products and services including primary processing machinery, CAD and manufacturing, production machinery, materials, molds, materials handling, logistics and more. Visit Stäubli at Booth 2115 for systems and technologies that will give you a competitive edge.

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.