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Published: 10/1/2019

Molder Adopts ‘Semi-Smart’ Automation
R&D Plastics finds new and more sophisticated ways to use robots.

Published: 7/1/2019

AUTOMATION—PART 1 Why Cartesian Robots Are the All-Around Choice for Injection Molding
This first of three articles on automation for injection molders explains why Cartesian (linear) robots are molders’ first choice in a large majority of applications. Two following articles make the case for, respectively, articulated and coll...

Published: 7/1/2019

Automate ... or Else
If your molding process isn’t automated, it’s likely not as efficient as it can be. 

Published: 7/1/2019

AUTOMATION—PART 2 When to Consider Six-Axis Articulated-Arm Robots
Extraordinary versatility suits articulated-arm robots to a wide variety of operations, from loading inserts and unloading parts to decorating, assembly and testing. They also pair well with Cartesian robots. Many mounting options and improved ...

Published: 7/1/2019

‘Cobot’ Molding Assistants Take on New Challenges
They’re not just for packing boxes anymore. Collaborative robots are proving themselves capable of more sophisticated machine-tending tasks.

Published: 7/1/2019

To Succeed in Manufacturing, Focus on Your People First
It’s not easy being a custom injection molder in the NYC metro area. For Natech Plastics, the key is developing employees’ skills and commitment.

Published: 6/1/2019

AUTOMATION—PART 3 Cobots: The New Option for Injection Molders
Take all the versatility of an articulated-arm robot, and add the ability to work safely in proximity to humans without guarding, and you have a new option for freeing workers from repetitive operations.

Published: 5/1/2019

Implementing Automation Systems: How to Do It Right
If you’re thinking of putting a complex automation system for high-volume consumables into your plant, consider these tips on making sure both you and your supplier are ready to give it the best chance of success.

Published: 4/2/2019

Cobots Help Molder Find ‘Right Balance’ Between People and Automation
Short-run, quick-turn custom molder uses collaborative robots selectively to make people more productive.

Published: 1/1/2019

Full Plate of New Technologies on the Table at EVCO Plastics
A new low-pressure molding process, 3D printing of production parts and prototype tooling, collaborative robots, and process monitoring with automatic QC are all on the menu.