Category Archives: Automation/Robotics

Extraction Unit Allows Safe Molding of Teflon

Technical parts made from Teflon are often machined because the polymer begins to decompose into hazardous fluorocarbon gases above 662°F. German electronics equipment producer Rohde & Schwarz, however, [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automation/Robots, Electronics, Europe, Micro Molding , ,

New Process Targets Improved Bonding of Hybrid Parts

Metal and plastic are said to bond together better in a newly developed turnkey, automated treatment process that will debut at Plasmatreat’s booth at  K2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automation/Robots, Automotive, Europe, Injection Molding, Insert Molding, Joining, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material ,

K2016: Composite Tablet Housings Are A Technical Tour de Force

One of the interesting technologies at K2016 will be all-new, single-process composite lightweight housings for consumer electronics devices, such as tablets or smartphones. The goal is to significantly [..]

Automation/Robotics, Carbon Composites, Electronics, Europe, In-mold labeling (IML), Injection Molding, Insert Molding, Polycarbonate, Reinforcing Material , , , , ,

German Aerospace Project Cuts Composite Cycle Times

The German Aerospace Center reports progress in cutting production times of aerospace composite components with RTM 6 epoxy resin, which has a curing time of 90 minutes or [..]

Aircraft, Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Epoxy, Europe, Reinforcing Material, Resin Transfer Molding ,

Robot Controls Become More Intuitive

Equipment manufacturers are achieving significant progress in making it easier to program machine controls. As explained by several companies at K2013, one reason is increasing interest in selling equipment [..]

Asia, Automation/Robotics, Auxiliary Equipment, Injection Molding, North America , , ,

Low Pressure Is Hot In Package Molding

Low pressure molding is gaining in importance as a way to improve productivity in the production of high-volume, thin-walled packaging. Procter & Gamble is developing low pressure injection [..]

Automation/Robotics, Compression, Design, Injection compression, Molds & Moldmaking, Packaging, polypropylene, Stack , , , , , ,

Move Over Baxter, New Hannover Robots Dazzle

Robots equipped with new lower-price sensors and vision systems hold promise to dramatically improve productivity in injection molding plants. A Boston-based company called Rethink Robotics already has its [..]

Automation/Robotics, Europe, Injection Molding, North America , , , ,

NPE2015: Newest Version of Composite Pedal Cuts Weight 30%

Development of high-speed, low-cost systems to produce composite parts for automotive and other high-volume applications is a major strategy at Engel, a leading global producer of injection molding [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Design, Europe, North America, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material , ,

Engel Commercializes First-Ever Liquidmetal Molding Machine

Engel, the global plastics machinery producer based in Austria, is now offering for public sale the first-ever injection molding machine to produce parts made from amorphous zirconium alloys. [..]

Aircraft, Amorphous Metals, Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Defense, Electronics, Metal Injection Molding, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America, Sports , , ,

The Re-Arming of American Molders: A Look At Spindale

The re-arming of American injection molders continues at a strong pace. Emphasis is on work cell integration, automation and contract assembly. The latest example comes from Spindale, North [..]

Automation/Robotics, Consumer Goods, Design, Drying, Granulating, Injection Molding, North America, Resin Handling, Two-Shot ,