Robot Grippers Assembled in USA
Schunk can improve response time and customization with its expansion in North Carolina.
Schunk will now assemble grippers in the U.S. It completed a 40,000 ft2 expansion in Morrisville, N.C., earlier this year, resulting 19,000 ft2 more manufacturing space plus 22,000 ft2 additional office and training space. Local assembly of robot grippers previously imported from Germany means faster response time and ability to customize products with standard components in stock, the company says.
Injection molded parts are typically demolded with simple pick-and-place automation—a top-mounted, gantry-style (also called Cartesian, linear, or traversing) three-axis robot.
There is no “one size fits all” solution in automation. When considering what it would look like in your plant, hone in on the staff, products, space, and goals that are specific to you and the automation system that you will be installing.
There were new presses of all stripes aplenty at K 2010, but the “wow” factor was supplied by automated work cells and integrated manu-facturing systems performing multiple operations before, during, and after molding.