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Engel Austria GmbH unveiled its Engel e-pic at Fakuma 2014 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Engel e-pic is the company's response to the demand for maximum efficiency in pick-and-place applications with small molded parts and sprues.
Engel said in addition to tailored automation solutions, the need for flexible and—at the same time—standardized robots for simple handling tasks is growing. This development means that Engel covers the complete spectrum of handling requirements in injection molding, Engel said, from simple part removal, depositing and sprue separation, through sophisticated insert-placing and take-out, to combining various process steps in a highly-integrated production cell.
Equipped with its own control unit, Engel said the e-pic robot can be deployed not only on Engel injection molding machines, but also third-party machines without needing any machine-specific customization. A separate base is not required, nor is an external switch cabinet. The electronics are completely integrated with the mechanical superstructure.
Engel added that in combination with an Engel injection molding machine, the robot can be integrated with the CC300 machine control unit. The robot and machine then access a shared database, thus enhancing process assurance and operator convenience, while achieving efficiency optimizations in production sequences.
The Engel e-pic is designed for horizontal and vertical part removal, Engel said, and handling of small parts and sprues with a load-bearing capacity of up to 2 kilograms. It is deployed on injection molding machines with clamping forces up to 2,200 kN.