ENGEL at Chinaplas 2015: Hall 4.1, Stand J41 and Halle 4.2, Stand K21 (Robot Parade)

What will ENGEL exhibit at Chinaplas 2015 ?

Visit ENGEL at Chinaplas 2015: Hall 4.1, Stand J41 and Halle 4.2, Stand K21 (Robot Parade) , 20th – 23rd May Guangzhou, China

ENGEL e-motion TL – making precision economical
The latest machine innovation, the all-electric and tie-bar-less ENGEL e-motion TL, was designed specifically for manufacturing small precision parts, and premium optical components in the electronics industry. The objective here is to combine the highest levels of precision and productivity with maximum energy efficiency and an extremely compact machine design. In this market segment, all-electric machines are the standard. To offer highly compact manufacturing cells here, ENGEL combines all-electric drive technology with a tie-bar-less clamping unit in its ENGEL e-motion TL small-size machine.

ENGEL will be using an ENGEL e‑motion 50/30 TL injection moulding machine with 300 kN clamping force at its trade fair stand to produce 60x board-to-board plug-in connectors in a 16-cavity mould. The very tight pin spacing of just 0.5 mm defines the required level of precision in this application. The machine’s most important performance characteristics are an injection speed of 800 mm/s and acceleration of more than 40 m/s². At the same time, the high cavity count boosts productivity. Moulds with 4 to 8 cavities have generally been used in the production of FFC/FP connectors up to now.

Tie-bar-less ENGEL victory boosts productivity-to-floor-space ratio
Tie-bar-less injection moulding machines allow for extremely compact production cells, facilitate mould changing and support efficient automation. In its medical exhibition area, ENGEL will be demonstrating how these benefits can also be achieved in production in other industries featuring a hydraulic ENGEL victory tech tie-bar-less machine.

VIDEO: Engel: the tie-bar-less Advantage

As mould mounting platens on a tie-bar-less clamping unit can be used fully, right up to the edge of the platen, large and bulky moulds fit on relatively small machines. This means that in many cases a smaller machine can be used for the same mould size than compared to a machine with tie bars. The efficiency potential is particularly large in manufacturing complex components, the use of multi-cavity moulds as well as multi-component processes. What these applications have in common is that, although the moulds are large, the required clamping force is low, due to fairly small, projected part surfaces. All over the world, tie-bar-less injection moulding machines represent one of ENGEL’s biggest revenue sources. The tie-bar-less ENGEL victory is the top-selling ENGEL machine in China.

VIDEO: Engel: duo large machines

Other machines on exhibit at Chinaplas 2015 include an ENGEL duo 2550/600 large-size machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 20 linear robot in the Automotive exhibition area, and an all-electric ENGEL e-cap 440/100 injection moulding machine, which will be producing caps for drinks bottles with a 24-cavity mould at the stand of ENGEL partner HTW Formen and Fertigungstechnik (Ludesch, Austria) in Hall 9.2 (B61).

New ENGEL e-pic combines linear motion with a swivel arm
Robots are increasingly becoming fixed components of any injection moulding machine in China. Another factor is that automation, as an integrated part of the process, supports new processes, component functions and product qualities, thus substantially improving the plastics processor’s competitiveness.

Chinaplas 2015 takes this trend into account with a special event. ENGEL is involved in the event with a second stand of its own in the “Robot Parade” in Hall 4.2, directly one floor above the ENGEL main stand. One highlight there is the new ENGEL e-pic small-size robot which will be presented for the first time in Asia. The objective in its product development was to be able to offer a powerful but economical solution for easy part removal, sprue separation and controlled depositing, grid depositing and stacking of small components. The totally new kinematics makes a decisive contribution towards achieving this by combining linear and swivelling movements. The swivel arm moves in the direction of the x-axis, which thus completely disappears or merges with the y-axis to form a single unit. This means that the ENGEL e-pic needs far less space than a linear robot in the direction of both the injection and clamping sides. It can be integrated within the injection moulding machine’s safety perimeter, thus keeping the entire production cell compact. Another efficiency factor is the use of weight-optimised parts which keep the accelerated masses low. In this way, the servomotor-driven robot can thus achieve the shortest possible part removal cycles, and it only has low energy requirements. In comparison with linear robots of the same size, the ENGEL e-pic only needs half the amount of energy or even less.

Equipped with its own control unit, the ENGEL e-pic robot is not exclusively designed for deployment on ENGEL injection moulding machines, but also for third-party machines without needing any machine-specific customisation. In combination with an ENGEL injection moulding machine, the robot can be integrated with the CC300 machine control unit. The robot and machine then access a shared database, thus enhancing process reliability and operator convenience, while achieving efficiency optimisations in production sequences. The control unit converts the rotary motion of the swivel arm into a linear movement. Users who are used to working with a linear robot do not need to learn new skills.

VIDEO: Engel: NEW e-pic – pick & place Robots

In addition to the ENGEL e-pic, an ENGEL viper linear robot and an ENGEL easix multi-axis robot will also be taking part in the Robot Parade. With its three robot designs, ENGEL offers an efficient solution for a wide variety of handling tasks. On top of this, ENGEL’s automation range includes peripheral components such as conveyor belts and tailored automation solutions.

VIDEO: Engel – easix – the multifunctional 6-axis robot

To be able to develop tailored automation solutions in China, too, ENGEL has established a team of automation specialists locally in the past few years. “We will again be increasing staff levels at our Automation Center in Shanghai this year,” says Willmeroth.

ENGEL has developed and built its own robots since 1980, and is the world’s leading supplier of injection moulding process automation today.

Visit ENGEL at Chinaplas 2015: Hall 4.1, Stand J41 and Halle 4.2, Stand K21 (Robot Parade) , 20th – 23rd May Guangzhou, China

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