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The new large ENGEL easix robots expand the range of industrial robots for use with large-size machines. Thanks to its reach extending to 3900 mm and a load capacity of up to 240 kg, the robots are used in the production of bumpers, instrument panels and waste containers, among other things. The Kuka Roboter company with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, is the cooperation partner for the expansion of the model series.
For the smaller models, ENGEL is continuing the successful collaboration with Stäubli Robotics in Bayreuth, Germany. Since being introduced to the market in 2010, the ENGEL easix robots established themselves very well in quite diverse applications – even in cleanrooms.
The controls for the ENGEL easix robots are fully and seamlessly integrated into the control unit of the ENGEL injection moulding machines, and that is the particular advantage of the ENGEL solution. Plastics processors profit from a consistent logic for the injection moulding machine and the automation solution. It makes no difference for the control unit whether it actuates the X, Y, and Z axes of an ENGEL viper linear robot or the six rotary axes of an ENGEL easix industrial robot. The additional movement instructions for the multiple-axis robot integrate seamlessly with the graphical user interface on the control unit, thus simplifying the operation of the multi-axis robot considerably. To allow for simple and fast parameterisation despite the complexity of the overall system, the control unit provides different user levels, from a simple view to a fully object-oriented visualisation of the sequence. Many tasks that previously required calling in a programmer can now be managed by the machine operators themselves, such as synchronisation of the robot movements with the ejectors. As a result, both the availability of the manufacturing cell and productivity are increased. Further benefits include a higher level of process reliability and production efficiency. Not only machine and robot merge to become one unit, but also peripheral equipment like conveyor systems, laser units or optical systems. In this way, all components of the manufacturing cell access a common database and can coordinate their movement sequences and feedback loops automatically to achieve maximum overall efficiency.
If the production cell is delivered as an integrated system solution, ENGEL also assumes responsibility for the peripheral equipment and manages the CE certification of the complete system. From the very beginning, the customer only has one partner for all contacts, simplifying project planning and service so that as a result, the system can be commissioned sooner.