njection and blow molding operations can only generate revenue when the mold is closed. However, loading and unloading machines is a repetitive and injury-prone task that is difficult to staff. Automation is the perfect solution to this problem. UR robot arms come in various reach and payload capabilities, making them suitable for existing facilities with high-mix, low-volume production that traditional robots cannot cost-effectively automate.
Cobots are also versatile and can be deployed in various processes throughout a plastics manufacturing facility. They can automate secondary processes such as degating, grinding, spru removal, and polishing, as well as applying labels or decals to plastic parts. Cobots can be used for assembly and packaging and palletizing processes, working safely alongside operators after a risk assessment. Collaborative robots provide additional advantages as plastics manufacturers expand into additive processes such as 3D printing. Cobots can work around the clock to keep printer farms operating. Lightweight cobots can be mounted on mobile carts and still have enough reach to load and unload plates from multiple printers.