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Automatically Adjust Robot Movement to the Machine

Save Cycle Time During Removal with iQ motion control

Robot movement coordinated to the motion sequences of the injection molding machine reduces the cycle time of your applications. Especially when producing parts with a long core, such as housing components, the use of iQ motion control is recommended. The software precisely adjusts the movements of your viper linear robot to the machine. The system can be used regardless of the machine type.

Advantages of Optimized Robot Movements
10% shorter cycle time due to optimized path planning
Image shows path planning of a linear robot by ENGEL

Usually, the operator determines the path manually to optimize the robot's travel paths. With iQ motion control, the linear robot calculates the optimized path quickly and on its own. Thanks to the solution’s "early start" function, the robot starts moving when the mold opens. The parallel movement saves valuable time and ensures a cycle that is up to 10% faster.

Avoid collision of robot and closing side
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To rule out a collision between the robot and the moving platen, iQ motion control works with a two-stage safety net. In the first stage, the current movement of the mold is compared with the previous cycle. In the second stage, the distance between the robot and the mold is determined during the robot's movement, then checked and corrected if needed.

No robotics knowledge required for operation
Image shows operation of the robot on the injection molding machine controller

Simple operation is a prerequisite for our digital solutions. This also applies to iQ motion control. In addition to the exact robot path, determining the early start position is important. However, it is difficult for the operator to find this position. iQ motion control automatically suggests the early start position based on the respective robot and machine setting parameters. This makes it possible for all machine operators to use the software safely and integrate it immediately into their daily work.

Support for design and conception
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Experts from our global automation centers support you in designing your production cell, including optimizing your robot movements. You get access to the knowledge and expertise of the entire ENGEL team. This creates standardized automation solutions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

How Does the iQ motion control Software Work?

An Overview of the Effects and Benefits of the Functionalities

Functionality Effect Benefit
Optimized path planning Fewer parameters must be taught Savings in labor and cycle time
Direct access to machine data Robot and machine move in a coordinated motion Saving of cycle time because neither the mold nor the robot has to wait
Multi-level safety features Robot stops before a collision Avoid damage to the mold and the end-of-arm tool
Joint data management of machine and robot Load part data only once when the mold is changed Reduce risk of errors and setup time
Intuitive settings Operator must only set a few parameters - graphics simplify this process Save time during teaching
Do You Have Questions About iQ motion control?

Our experts are happy to provide you with details about the optimum interaction between machine and robot movement - thanks to iQ motion control.

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The automatic calculation of robot movements simplifies the operator's work. iQ motion control eliminates the time-consuming manual creation of transitional points during path planning. The assistance system takes over the optimization. No specific robotics knowledge is required for programming.

Sebastian Picheta, Product Manager Automation at ENGEL Austria
Image shows path planning in robotics using the digital solution iQ motion control by ENGEL
Reduce Cycle Time Through Automatic Robot Path Planning

If robot movements are perfectly adjusted to the injection molding machine, this reduces the cycle time up to 10% in many applications. Get to know the three most important steps of the optimization process.

  • Automation Solutions From a Single Source

    Coordinated robots, robot movements & system components enable stable production processes and high part’s quality

  • Efficiency Control for Linear Robots

    Optimization of robot speed depending on cycle time for lower energy consumption and a longer service life.

More Solutions for Production Optimization
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Digital Solutions

  • Optimization of injection molding processes along the product life cycle

  • Networking across the system

  • Utilize the full potential of your production

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Linear Robot


  • Powerful and flexible

  • Innovative construction

  • Increased load capacity

  • Low dead weight

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Injection Molding Machine Controller


  • Safe and intuitive

  • Innovative machine operation

  • Self-explanatory navigation

  • Individual configuration

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Global Service and Support

Support and training for digital solutions

  • Expert advice

  • Analysis of your machines

  • Implementation of digital solutions

Markus Lettau

Molding Industry Business Advisor

+1 (717) 767 2016

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The ENGEL team is happy to support you with extensive knowledge in the field of injection molding.

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