Case Studies / Automotive Plastic Parts


Motoman Robot HandlingMotoman Robotics' solution met customer's expectations. Cycle time: approximately 30 seconds.

Project Challenges

  • Provide flexible system to run one part number. Customer plans to purchase additional systems and further develop process to run up to 50 different part styles.
  • Meet end-customer demands to reduce costs 10 - 25% per year over life of product by eliminating costly labor-intensive manual operations for part removal, deflashing, degating and transfer.

Motoman Robotics Solution

Motoman Robotics provided:

  • Motoman SK16 robot with MRC controller
  • Additional I/O module
  • 457.2 mm (18") robot riser
  • Custom end-of-arm tooling (mechanical gripper) with tool changer and shock sensor
  • Custom flip-over station
  • File station
  • Floppy Disk Emulation (FDE)

Fixtures/Tooling Details

Motoman designed and supplied the custom end-of-arm tooling, a pneumatically actuated, multifunction mechanical gripper. The gripper includes an automatic tool changer and shock sensor. Part-present and gripper open/closed sensors are also included. Additionally, Motoman designed and provided a custom pneumatic part flip-over station that includes quick-change tooling that will provide flexibility in the future for different part styles.

Ref: ACS-011

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