Full component processing alongside the injection molding cell
Automotive supplier WHS Plastics has invested heavily in the automation of its injection molding cells, some of which incorporate two robots. The multinational company integrates sequential steps handled by high-performance Stäubli robots directly into its production cells.
Based in Sutton Coldfield, UK, WHS Plastics is a well-known supplier to the domestic vehicle manufacturing industry. The company, which has around 1,000 employees and also serves customers outside the automotive sector, operates more than 75 plastic injection molding machines producing ready-to-install components and modules.
WHS Plastics success can be attributed to a very high degree of automation. The in-house systems designers have set out not only to automate the process for removing parts from the mold but also to integrate downstream tasks directly into the injection molding cells.
Robots working alongside injection molding machines
For this purpose, around 50 Stäubli robots have been installed alongside the injection molding machines. In a current project, two different TX series robots are used in a