In recent years, injection moulders have clearly shown an increasing interest in all-electric injection moulding machines with particularly economic energy balance as well as in fully automatic production systems. FANUC will exhibit three of its all-electric ROBOSHOT injection moulding machines at FAKUMA 2017 in Hall B3 on Stand 3211, which will take users’ current requirements seamlessly into consideration.
LIVE demonstrations: A 150-ton ROBOSHOT Alpha-S150iA in a fully automatic production cell shows precision parts with light conductor in a two-component injection moulding process. Visitors can also get information regarding economic production of moulded parts in LSR on a 130-ton version supported by an M-10iA - M-20iA FANUC robot. The third exhibit, a 30-ton ROBOSHOT Alpha-S30iA with a M-1iA robot, produces Smartphone precision connectors in LCP in a highly economically way.
“With three specific applications, we will show a cross-section of the FANUC ROBOSHOT performance in cooperation with renowned systems partners….”, explains Wolfgang Haak, production manager ROBOSHOT, and elaborates “…with energy recovery control, consistent repeatability, precision and process security and torque-dependent dosing control – PMC2 and PMC3 – with a specific backflow monitor and the efficient AI mould protection. Last, but not least, we will demonstrate our economic and technological competence, in conjunction with our systems partners, in the sectors two-component injection moulding and production cells with high flexibility.”
Production cell for two-component applications
On a FANUC ROBOSHOT Alpha-S 150iA with vertical SI-20iA injection unit – integrated in a Robotech Plastic-Mate production cell - automotive parts with light conductor are produced in Macrolon PC in a Weber two-cavity turntable mould. Part removal is carried out by a FANUC LR-Mate 6-axis industrial robot, combined with a linear axis as well as an iRVision integrated visual control station. The result is 100 percent assured double-sided part control, consistent component weight and a total cycle time of only 57 seconds.
Cooperation between FANUC and NEXUS
A highlight is the turnkey system with a Nexus ROBOSHOT LSR, bringing premium performance to elastomer injection moulding. The associated injection mould, made in the in-house tool shop, with TIMESHOT cold-runner control is supplemented by the integration of two SERVOMIX dosing systems with unique SPLITNEX technology and the new NANOSHOREMIX LSR application (NEXUS SERVOMIX E200 Premium Edition + NEXUS SERVOMIX E20 Eco). Demonstrated is the production of a component in Elastosil 3066/60 liquid silicon by Wacker.
FANUC ROBOSHOT ALPHA-S 30iA producing precision connectors - four parts every two seconds
Produced are LCP Smartphone precision connectors in a four-cavity mould supplied by SAYAMA. Those products must meet the strictest quality standards. Consequently, these parameters require very high process stability and reliability of the machine. The all-electric FANUC ROBOSHOT fully complies with these conditions providing innovative unique servo control functions. Cavity-dependent component sorting is enabled via the M-1iA robot, equipped with iRVision for optical recognition. The state-of the-art high precision miniature connector boasts a pitch of merely 0.35mm – with a precision factor within the µ range. With less than 2 seconds, the cycle time is remarkably short.