Automation in Injection Molding

To remain competitive, automation in injection molding has become a necessity. Here are some key points about how automation is utilized in injection molding:

  • Robots play a crucial role

    in unloading finished parts from injection molding machines. This task is typically labor-intensive and requires consistent handling due to the heat-sensitive material being molded.

  • By using robots,

    manufacturers can improve product consistency, reduce the risk of injuries to operators, and enhance production capacity.

  • Robots equipped with pneumatic grippers or vacuum systems

    ensure careful handling of newly injected molded parts, preventing damage.

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  • Improved Product Quality

    Automation ensures consistent handling and reduces the risk of human error.

  • Increased Throughput

    Robots work faster than manual operations, leading to higher production rates.

  • Reduced Employee Turnover

    By automating repetitive tasks, manufacturers can retain skilled workers and reduce turnover.

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  • Automation can extend beyond the molding process. For instance, it can be used for post-mold operations and final packaging.

  • Overall, automation occupies less floor space and contributes to cost savings.

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In summary, automation in injection molding enhances productivity, quality, and safety while addressing industry challenges. As technology continues to advance, we can expect further innovations in this field. Every piece of VistaTek’s injection molding machines is equipped with some form of automation, from robotics to runner separators.

In Mold Labeling (IML) with 6-Axis Robot

VistaTek uses a 6-axis robot to perform In Mold Labeling (IML). The robot places a label into the mold, and then plastic material is injection molded where the label adheres to the substrate. In this example, a plant-based label is used with a plant-based resin to make an industrial compostable garden pot.