If you’re looking to buy an injection molding robot for your factory, it’s essential to know that all robots are not created equal. Several factors determine which type of robot will be best for your application and the size and shape of the parts you need to handle. In this article, we’ll go over all of these considerations so you can find the perfect injection molding robot for your factory!
What’s the application?
The first thing you should look for is an understanding of the application. What do you need to achieve? What does the robot need to do? If a robot can’t perform the tasks necessary to meet your needs, it might be a good idea to consider another machine.
The second thing is knowing what your operation requires from a machine. This means considering how much material needs to be processed, how much space you have available in your factory, and where things are being done on-site.
For example, suppose you want your parts injection molded by robots or automated machines but don’t have any room for them in-house or outside their current location. In that case, it may be worth looking at companies that offer mobile or portable molds instead (see the section below).
What type of part are you handling?
When choosing an injection molding robot, you first must determine the part size, shape, and complexity. The size of the part can be measured in terms of its length, width, and height. The condition refers to how much surface area it has and what dimensions that surface area covers. Complexity refers to how many different parts combine to make one final product; for example, a car door would be a single piece with few moving parts, while a refrigerator would have multiple segments with various functions (refrigerator door, freezer door, etc.)
Several factors should be considered when determining which material will suit your needs best: How much wear can it withstand? Is it resistant to corrosion? What type of energy does this material transfer best through its molecular structure? What temperature range can it function under consistently without breaking down quickly/efficiently?
Depending on what your factory processes look like or plan on doing in the future, there may be other considerations, such as quantity or weight. Still, generally speaking, these three categories should get you started thinking about what type of part-handling equipment might work best within your specific manufacturing environment.
How big is the part?
You may think that the size of your part is all that matters. But when it comes to injection molding, you’d be wrong. The size of your robot will also affect the cost and productivity of your factory!
Why? Because different sizes require different-sized robots. When you have a large injection molding machine in an older building with limited space, it’s hard to find room for a giant robot (and vice versa).
Where does it need to go?
What is the size of your workspace?
Knowing how much space you have for an injection molding robot is essential because it can be pretty big. The more area you have, the better—but if not, there are ways around it. You can use multiple miniature robots rather than one large one or rotate them regularly so they don’t sit idle for too long.
Where is the ceiling height?
This will affect how high up off the ground your robot needs to be able to reach. If it hits its head on something when moving around (or getting into position), that means trouble—so keep this in mind when choosing where precisely in your factory you want this bot!
What does the workspace look like?
Injection molding robots are available in a range of sizes and capabilities. If you have a small workspace, you’ll need a more miniature robot with less reach, but this can be an advantage when making intricate parts or working in close quarters. If your factory has more space and doesn’t require intricate details, bigger is better! Just make sure that your chosen robot has enough reach to accommodate the size of your injection molds.
Safety is a concern for all industries, but it can be essential in the medical industry. One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing an injection molding robot is its safety requirements. Safety requirements can change depending on your company’s industry, so make sure you know what environments your manufacturing facility will be exposed to before purchasing a new robot.
Ensure you’ve got the right robot for your factory before investing in one.
Before purchasing an injection molding robot, you should consider the following:
The type of parts you need to produce. If you have large products or features, a more miniature robot may not be able to handle them. Alternatively, suppose your factory makes minimal parts with tight tolerances (for example, medical devices). In that case, it’s best to invest in a more precise machine that can perform at high speeds and accurately.
The space was available for a robot. Robots take up a lot of room—and not just at purchase time! They also require space for power units and cables running into the machine; if you don’t have enough space in your building now, getting one might mean finding another location or temporarily relocating some equipment elsewhere.
Safety requirements for your factory
Do you know how to choose the best machine for your factory?
In this article, we’ve covered a lot of information about injection molding robots and their applications. You should better understand how to choose the best machine for your factory!
If you need help deciding what kind of robot is right for you, feel free to reach out to us so we can provide more information. We’re here 24/7 and always happy to help our customers with any questions they may have about their machinery needs.