INJECTION MOLDING: Improved IML Automation at Fakuma

New features and functionality from IML robot.

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At the Fakuma show this month in Friedrichshaven, Germany, Waldorf Technik GmbH & Co. of Germany (U.S. office in Geneva, Ill.) will show off enhancements to its highflex in-mold labeling (IML) automation system. For example, the IML robot now occupies 30% less space than before. The automation system now can process cups and lids in all IML geometries. In addition, It can handle tools with a range of cavity numbers and spacing, requiring only 20-30 min setup time between different products. It even can mold products injected from inside and outside using just one automation system—an unprecedented degree of flexibility, according to the supplier.

Also new is the ability to incorporate camera inspection of individual parts at almost the same cost as systems that had to accept or reject the entire shot. A new optional module is a complete automated packaging station where products can be packed in transport containers or boxes.