NPE2018 Show Daily - Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Absolute Haitian Corporation 94 Gardner St. • Worcester, MA 01610 • 508-459-5372 12900 Plaza Dr. • Parma, OH 44130 • 216-452-1000 Welcome to the market leader in injection molding machines. Visit our booth W143 at NPE 2018 to see our latest technology: • Introduction of the JE Series two-platen electric hybrid molding machine • New developments in all-electric technology for the Venus Series • New advancements for the best-selling Mars Series – now at more than 180,000 installed machines and counting! • Cost-efficient large-tonnage electric Zeres Series • Integrated control of automation, auxiliaries, peripherals and process quality monitoring through communications networks If you are looking for balance in flexibility and productivity, visit us at NPE 2018 to see affordable technology in action. FLEXIBILITY WITH TECHNOLOGY TO THE POINT. West Building Booth W143 Smarter & More Collaboraঞve: Yushin Taps into Two Major Robot Trends By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology How smart can a robot be? Several answers to that quesঞon are apparent at Booth W2173, where Yushin America is put- ঞng several linear robots—and some special non-linear ones— through their paces in automated cells. Chris Parrillo, naঞonal sales manager, sees robots as part of the Industry 4.0 trend to connecঞvity and self-regulaঞon. For example, Yushin's newest and most sophisঞcated servo robots, the FRA series, have a new E-touch V controller that permits remote troubleshooঞng and predicঞve maintenance. Also new is the Intu Line, a cloud-based service for report- ing producঞon staঞsঞcs for the molding cell via the robot control. Such data include producঞon counts, upঞme raঞo, cycle ঞmes, error counts, stoppage logs, and live images of the process taken every cycle by a camera built into the kick beam. Several FRA robots in various booths at NPE communi- cate their data to the cloud, where it is displayed in the Yushin booth on smart phones and tablets. This data can also be shared with Yushin's service personnel to quickly diagnose problems and get producঞon back on line. Parrillo points out that FRA robots also come with Acঞve Vibraঞon Control to minimize "shake" and allow faster takeout by sensing its own vibraঞons and counteracঞng them instan- taneously, and Arc Moঞon Control, which blends linear move- ments on mulঞple axes into a smooth curve that shortens the overall path. "At the booth, we are showing how it can shave 9% to 35% off the overall cycle ঞme," Parrillo states. A third "smart" funcঞon is Adapঞve Moঞon Control, which opঞmizes acceleraঞon and deceleraঞon to minimize vibraঞon. The robot automaঞcally adjusts speeds to move faster when its axes are tucked in close to the robot body and slower when the robot is working at the extremiঞes of their axes during porঞons of the cycle such as part removal, insert placement, degaঞng, or part placement. While a number of exhibitors at NPE show robots con- trolled from the injecঞon machine, Yushin is showing the ca- pability of its robots to not only communicate with the press, but to act as cell managers for all post-mold acঞviঞes beside the machine. Explains Par- rillo, "FRA robots are equipped with proto- cols such as DeviceNet, EtherCAT, and Eth- erNet/IP, allowing simple integraঞon with downstream equipment for conveying, as- sembly, decoraঞng, visual inspecঞon, and packaging." Yushin's most elaborate cell uঞlizes three robots and two injecঞon machines to mold and assemble a sports protein-drink cup and lid. Unscrewing of both threaded parts from the mold is accomplished by the robots' custom end-of-arm tooling with rotaঞng servo nests—much simpler and less costly than a bulky rack-and-pinion unscrewing device on the mold. A[er being assembled and decorated, the cup is placed on a conveyor by a brand-new addiঞon to Yushin's robot stable— the OB-7 collaboraঞve robot, built by Producঞve Roboঞcs in California. This seven-axis device is said to operate safely around people in some applicaঞons, reducing the need for hard safety guarding. It has a mobile base so it can be moved easily between machines. And it requires no experঞse for complex programming, using the simple lead-through teach method. It even has a built-in camera to read QR codes at each job staঞon to automaঞcally load the job recipe. "Collaboraঞve robots definitely have a place," says Parrillo. "These robots are perfect for basic pick-and-place jobs like case packing or tray loading." Yushin's new FRA robots report producঞon staঞsঞcs via the Cloud. Yushin's new OB-7 collaboraঞve robot can be wheeled from place to place and has a built-in camera to read QR codes for instant job setup at each staঞon. 30

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