INJECTION MOULDING NEWS
Partnership to show robots at Fakuma
French automation firm Sepro Robotique and Switzerland-based Stäubli Robotics will team up to showcase their partnership for five and six-axis robots at the Fakuma exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from 16-20 October.
Sepro will demonstrate a 5X line featuring a three-axis beam robot, equipped with a Stäubli two-axis wrist. The five-axes robots are targeted at machines with clamping forces ranging from 30-800 tonnes.
Meanwhile, the 6X Visual line of six-axis, articulating-arm robots manufactured for Sepro by Stäubli can serve machines from 20-4,000 tonnes.
Both robots will be controlled by Sepro’s Visual 3 controller, which was developed specially for injection moulding.
Sepro says the new offerings give injection moulders another choice, rather than opting for a three-axis Cartesian beam robot or a six-axis articulating-arm robot designed for general industrial applications and not just moulding.
Sepro and Stäubli have been cooperating successfully since 2006, with Sepro integrating the Stäubli multi-axis robots when those capabilities were required. Now they have taken that relationship a step further.
Stäubli Robotics is part of a Swiss group that also supplies industrial solutions to the textile and electrical-connector markets. With 4,000 employees, Stäubli is present in 25 countries and is supported by a large distribution network that covers a total of 50 countries.