August 2012

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Rubber Journal Asia

E-Magazine for the Rubber Industry
Rubber industry on a fast track

THROUGH upstream R&D activities, Malaysia’s rubber industry will continue to expand its production with a target of reaching an output of 2 million tonnes of natural rubber and contributing RM52.9 billion to the country’s coffers by 2020. The introduction of an automatic rubber tapping system, roll out of mobile service applications and rubber yield programmes are all expected to help upgrade the sector, said Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) Director-General Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad, in an interview with PRA recently.

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Partnership to show robots at Fakuma
Sepro Robotique

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.