Kottingbrunn, Austria – At DKT 2018, Maplan will be exhibiting two fully automatic, Industry 4.0-compatible production cells at booth 203 in hall 12.
Using an MTF vertical machine and MHF horizontal machine combined with handling robots, processing peripherals and the C6000 machine control unit, trade visitors can check out the technical capabilities of Maplan’s elastomer injection moulding machinery and its potential for increasing production efficiency.
The company will also showcase its MTF 1500/280, a fully automated machining cell for manufacturing moulded rubber parts. The machine has a maximum injection volume of 1,500 ccm and a clamping force of 2,800 kN.
The unit is part of the redesigned series of fully hydraulic vertical machines with a new, optimised clamping unit concept, which has been enhanced by a very ergonomic operating height, a minimal platen deflection and high level of plane parallelism.
With a tie bar clearance of 680 mm, there is a lot of space for manual and automated manipulation of moulded parts. It is equipped with a 1500 cm³ FIFO injection unit, but could alternatively be combined with units of up to 4,000 cm³.
Maplan will produce luggage tags as a give-away, using a multi-cavity mould with a valve gate cold runner from PETA Formenbau GmbH.
To remove parts from the mould, the cavity-plate is extended using a sliding frame, the moulded parts are pneumatically demoulded before a conveyor belt takes the parts for further processing.
The parts are further processed at successive work stations, and are arranged as a “conveyor belt” by to the “SuperTrack” transport system from B&R Industrial Automation.
A six-axis robot manipulates the parts. The processing chain along the SuperTrack transfer includes positioning the moulded parts, after-cooling, flexibly configurable printing (provided by Bluhm Systeme GmbH) and a final inspection by a Cognex In-Sight vision system.
The printed finished parts are unloaded by a 6-axis robot combined with a conveyor belt.