Automation's Role in Custom Injection Molding
Injection Molding Automation: How Crescent Does It!
In this section, we’ll take a more detailed look at three unique aspects of how we incorporate automation and robotics in our plastic injection molding processes.
End-of-arm tooling (EOAT): With interchangeable end-of-arm tooling, cusotm injection molding tasks throughout all stages of production can be completed by one robot. End-of-arm tooling allows robots to pick and place materials and products in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and to complete tasks such as assembly, packaging, pad printing, and more.
Collaborative robots: Collaborative robots, also called cobots, are found more and more frequently in our injection molding processes, especially for lower volumes and custom applications. Collaborative robots are built to work safely within close proximity with humans, assisting in tasks such as heavy lifting and loading, finely detailed assembly, and more.
Automated work cells: Automated work cells foster efficiency and produce uptime benefits by integrating various tasks or processes into one work area. With the benefit of interchangeable end-of-arm tooling, robotics to carry out a number of tasks to reduce overhead and costs. An example of a downstream automated work cell might be a robot that picks an ejected part from the mold, trims and clips excess material as needed, performs an initial quality check on the output using automated vision inspection, packages the part and loads it onto a pallet.
Benefits of Injection Molding Automation
Injection molding robot automation creates several benefits throughout all stages of the injection molding process. With these benefits – which are passed on to you in the form of increased quality, reduced cost, and shorter lead times.
Automation Solutions Case Study
At Crescent Industries, we have outfitted our facility with the right automation technology and equipment to ensure that you can get the high-quality products you need for industries like medical, pharmaceutical, defense, and more. The difference we provided in value, documentation, and service makes us the injection molding provider of choice. Read our case study to learn how an automated manufacturing solution improved the molding process for diagnostic plates by reducing labor and ensuring quality parts.