Faster product changeovers
ABB’s flexible robot solution provides speed and agility when implementing a new cell or programming and installing a new part, these help minimize downtime for Array. Changing a process step or implementing a new part is typically carried out with the help of the supplier or a trained specialist. Using ABB’s graphical wizard, however, operators are guided through every step of the process and require no special training beforehand. “Using the wizard, our regular engineering staff is now able to carry out loading and unloading tasks as well as most additional post-processing operations,” confirms Guillem. “That makes it very easy to implement changes to fulfill new customer requirements or industrialize new products.”
It takes between just two and three days to implement an entire new cell at Array Plastics and only a few hours to replace and program a new tool for the robot – an important consideration for the company that works four shifts, six days a week.
ABB works closely with plastic processors to develop tailored robot solutions and its portfolio for the plastics and rubber industries includes both a wide range of robots as well as after molding solutions. Application packages for IMM tending, dispensing, gluing, clipping; ultrasonic welding, flaming, etc. improve equipment uptime and cycle times while providing more predictable production flows.
Today all ABB Robots are also ready to connect to the industrial internet to make use of advanced, cloud-based services that improve performance and reliability.
For Guillem it is clear, “The industry 4.0 connection and the interaction between the robot, injection molding machine and production software will increase productivity and competitiveness. So it is our intention to automate as many processes as possible within the injection cell. We will increase the number of robots used in injection molding machines as well as increasing the number and complexity of the operations they carry out immediately after injection.”
Guillem sums up, “For us, simplification means ease of use while keeping flexibility in mind.” And ABB’s state-of-the-art robots and software solutions meet these criteria 100%.