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Plastic Spoons Case study: Injection Moulding

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 Plastic Spoons Case study: Injection Moulding - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Robots - Articulated Robots
Applicable Industries
  • Plastics
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Manufacturing System Automation
The Customer
About The Customer

DeSter is a world leader when it comes to plastic cups, mugs, plates, and cutlery with more than 1,000 employees around the world.

The Challenge

In order to meet customer expectations by supplying a wide variety of packaging units, from 36 to 1000 spoons per package, a new production and packaging line needed to be built. DeSter wanted to achieve higher production capacity, lower cycle time and a high degree of operator friendliness with this new production line.

The Solution

A new plastic spoon line was built with the demands of the market in mind. The heart of the production line is a 400-ton injection molding machine with a 144 composite mold. For unloading the products from the mold, a 6-axis IRB 6600 robot is employed.

Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]

    Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.

Quantitative Benefit
  • The stacking height of the spoon frames has been raised from 50 to 125 so that packages in multiples of 125 can now be supplied.

  • Relative to existing lines, production capacity has also been increased and the cycle-time reduced by 1 second, a 10.5% reduction.

  • Packaging volume was reduced to approximately 35%, reducing logistics costs.

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