INJECTION MOLDING: New Robots & Sprue Pickers at Fakuma

Larger, lightweight robots to debut.

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At this month’s Fakuma show in Germany, Wittmann Battenfeld (U.S. office in Torrington, Conn.) will bring out larger models in its new W8 pro series of beefed-up but lightweight servo robots. The W843 pro joins the initial model 833 pro. Like its predecessor, it shows improved efficiency. For example, the new EcoVacuum function optimizes consumption of compressed air, since the Venturi nozzle is only activated to the extent necessary for holding the parts safely.

One of two new sprue pickers from Wittmann is the WP80 with new Net8 controller, which replaces the previous SA7 picker control. Net8 uses a touchscreen pendant that can save up to 32 programs. The WP80 is based on the design of the previous W702.
Also new is the WS80 servo sprue picker (pictured), based on Wittmann’s CNC robot architecture and using the same servo motors. Control and programming are executed via the injection machine controller.