Automotive Success story

Robot and injection molding machine working in harmony

Customer benefits
  • Lean intralogistics
  • High productivity and cost-efficiency
  • Space-saving solution
  • Synchronous execution of multiple work steps
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The TX200 unloads tailgate components from the injection molding machine and positions them for further processing in the cell.
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Two Stäubli six-axis robotic arms perform a combination of demolding and assembly of molded parts for tailgate panels in a WHS Plastics cell.

TASK

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.

 

SOLUTION

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 differ