WEB EXCLUSIVE A new software function that optimizes the takeout path of a beam-mounted robot is part of the new R8 control from Wittmann Battenfeld, Torrington, Conn., that was introduced to the U.S. at the NPE show in Chicago last month. The SmartRemoval function automatically determines the fastest possible movements in and out of the mold. The operator programs the start position of the robot above the mold as well as the part takeout position. SmartRemoval then calculates the optimal possible movement between these two positions. This function eliminates any delay in part takeout caused by transfer of signals from the press to the robot and also starts the robot movement before the mold is fully open. (The robot will not enter the mold area until it receives a machine signal that the mold is fully open.) The function reportedly can achieve savings up to 25% or 0.5 sec. In the opposite vein, the R8 control has an EcoMode function that saves wear and tear on the robot in jobs with long cycles by slowing down the robot movements to use all the available mold-closed time for movements outside the mold, while ensuring that the robot returns to the mold just before it opens. (860) 496-9603 * www.wittmann-ct.com
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