Multi-axis robots

A reliable approach to demanding tasks

Highly flexible and compact - these are the outstanding features of multi-axis robots. Let our videos show you more about the potential of automation, how to quickly set up multi-axis robots with the SELOGICA user Interface or the handling of flexible parts.

Robots in action

A playful demonstration of the potential of automation
The ARBURG Technology Days 2016 included a light-hearted demonstration of just what automation can achieve: a picker, linear robotic system and six-axis robot were used to help a fleet of Bruder model cars negotiate an obstacle course.

An INTEGRALPICKER V used its high-speed pick and place movements to load and unload two dumper trucks and a tractor, while a linear MULTILIFT V robotic system made sure that the vehicles covered a great deal of ground in dynamic style. In addition, a six-axis robot used its repertoire of flexible 3D movements to handle a tractor. The three automation units worked hand-in-hand and communicated with one another by means of peripheral equipment interfaces.

Programming of six-axis robots

Fast independent set-up – flexible use
Our universal SELOGICA control system can be used to program six-axis robotic systems from Kuka just as conveniently as ALLROUNDER injection moulding machines and MULTILIFT robotic systems. You can continue working in your accustomed user environment without the need for any special programming knowledge, even in the case of complex sequences.

Robotic sequences can be created quickly, easily and conveniently by means of graphic symbols – including functions such as moving to start positions or separating samples as well as good and reject parts.

A synchronised trio

Turnkey solution for automatic Start/Stop system in cars
In the automated production of automotive parts, all handling is performed by three six-axis robotic systems. An “event-driven rotation” function replaces a rotary unit for part orientation. The robots move in synchronisation with the machine in the working area.

At the heart of the production cell is a vertical ALLROUNDER 375 V with 4-cavity mould, with the three robots integrated in its SELOGICA control system. The component – a connector carrier for the automatic Stop/Start system in cars – comprises a metal insert and two pin contacts, which are overmoulded with fibre-glass reinforced PBT. The inserts are supplied by a tray feed and a feeder cell featuring a Scara robot. The robots are responsible for aligning and inserting the components in the mould, removing the finished parts and performing a 100% camera inspection. In this way, around 3,000 complete components are produced in just one shift.

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Customer magazine today 53, p. 19-21 “A perfect trio” (PDF - 3,6 MB)

Overmoulding of cables

High flexibility in the most confined of spaces
For the automatic overmoulding of inserts, a compact production cell around a vertical ALLROUNDER 375 V is used. Handling of the flexible cables is performed by a six-axis robotic system. Manual preparation and insertion are rendered superfluous.

On the system, cables of differing lengths are inserted and overmoulded fully-automatically in several cavities, at different positions on a 4-cavity mould. The system is characterised by great flexibility, short cycle times and a high level of availability. Highlights of this application include the versatile handling of flexible parts and the six-axis robotic system featuring the SELOGICA user interface and direct connection to the machine control system.
to the moulded part

Digital printing

New dimensions: individualised plastic parts
Production efficiency can be enhanced through the process integration of upstream and downstream production steps. One example is the flexible inline printing system using the InkBOT process, which ARBURG and FPT Robotik presented to the international trade public for the first time in 2012.

The production cell manufactured individualised name plates. The new InkBOT process combines digital printing and robotics. By means of inline printing, it is now possible to exploit the benefits of digital print in the high-speed sector, even in the case of free geometries in industrial production processes. Fast, flexible, borderless and individualised printing is even possible on curved plastic parts immediately following injection moulding during the manufacturing process.