Sepro Robotique, in partnership with Stäubli Robotics, will introduce the new designs of 5- and 6-axis robots that have been configured specifically injection molding at the Fakuma 2012, which takes place in Friedrichshafen, Germany, 16 – 20 October, 2012. At the exhibition, Sepro will demonstrate two examples of the new product lines, the 5X Line featuring a 3-axis Cartesian beam robot equipped with a Stäubli 2-axis wrist and the 6X Visual Line of articulated-arm robots manufactured by Stäubli for Sepro.
According to Sepro, both units will be controlled by the powerful Visual 3 control from Sepro, which was developed especially for injection molding. “For years, injection molders with complex automation requirements have had to make a difficult choice,” explains Jean-Michel Renaudeau, Managing Director of Sepro.
“They could choose Cartesian beam robots that were designed for their applications but usually limited to 3 primary axes of motion, or they could select a 6-axis polyarticulated robot designed for general industrial applications. Now, thanks to our partnership with Stäubli, they can have the best of both worlds: high-quality multi-axis solutions created with the needs of injection molders in mind.”
The 5X Line features Sepro 3-axis Cartesian beam robots with 2-axis Stäubli wrists and the Sepro Visual 3 control. The 5X robots are available in three sizes for injection-molding machines from 30 to 800 tons.
The 6X Visual Line of robots combines a Stäubli multi-axis robot with the Sepro Visual 3 control to deliver a general-purpose automation solution in five models to serve injection molding machines from 20 to 4000 tons.
The company adds, with Visual 3, it is very simple to program a multi-axis robot on an injection-molding machine. Visual controls make it simple and intuitive to create almost any program, even complex cycles requiring path tracking, flaming, part outlining, and so on. Processors who are already familiar with the Visual control platform will find that very little additional training is required to become proficient at programming multi-axis robots for injection molding.
Founded in 1973 and now headquartered in France, Sepro Robotique was one of the first companies in the world to develop Cartesian beam robots for injection-molding machines, introducing its first CNC controlled “manipulator” in 1981. Stäubli Robotics is part of Swiss group that also supplies industrial solutions to the textile and electrical-connector markets.