ROBOTICS + AUTOMATION

Designing Parts, Molds and Processes with Automation in Mind

EVCO Plastics considers robotics and automation in plastic injection molding one of the 5 Keys to Success for engineering out cost and engineering in quality and optimal performance for plastic injection molded parts. With over 120 robots company-wide – including 3-Axis, 6-Axis, Scara and high-speed side entry robots – EVCO Plastics is committed to increasing the speed and reliability of our plastic injection molding operations.

As such, use of robotics and automation are a critical component of the part and mold design, plastic injection molding process and integrated operations – upstream and downstream of the molding process.

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Automated plastic injection molding custom assembly cell with bowl feeder orienting plastic injection molded parts for assembly

Advantages

Whether simple or complex applications, effective integration of robotics and automation in plastic injection molding provides numerous advantages for our customers, including:

  • Enhanced and consistent part quality
  • Reduced molding, labor and part costs
  • Less part-to-part variations and waste
  • Increased machine utilization and consistent cycle times for producing injection molded parts more quickly and efficiently

Plastic injection molding automation and robotics are often the simple solution to a complex problem – and if properly designed and implemented, provide a cost-effective and reliable solution. One recent example: automated loading of 39 threaded brass inserts into a large appliance door molding operation, eliminating operator errors, speeding up the plastic injection molding process and reducing the overall production cost.

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Automated plastic injection molding packing of plastic injection molded parts, with a 6-axis robot and custom end of arm tool

Capabilities

EVCO Plastics complete and experienced in-house automation department uses the latest automation technologies, with capabilities including:

  • Custom end of arm tooling
  • Part loading and insert loading automation
  • Part picking and handling automation
  • In-mold decorating and labeling automation
  • Overmolding (press-to-press transfer) automation
  • Clean room automation
  • Vision inspection systems and other quality inspection and verification automation
  • Automated sorting, stacking, assembly, packaging and other downstream operations
  • Custom fixtures and automation components
  • Simple robotics to complete automation cells
  • Automation of on-line and off-line operations

Our automation engineers have expertise with a wide range of robotics, including 3-axis robots, 6-axis robots and selective compliant articulated (SCARA) robots – on a wide range of injection molding machines from 110 to 3,500 tons.

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Automated plastic injection molding custom assembly cell for upstream insert loading and vision inspection of plastic injection molded parts

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