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ABB Case Studies Robot Saves Money and Time for US Custom Molding Company

Robot Saves Money and Time for US Custom Molding Company

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Robot Saves Money and Time for US Custom Molding Company
Robot Saves Money and Time for US Custom Molding Company
Robot Saves Money and Time for US Custom Molding Company
Robot Saves Money and Time for US Custom Molding Company
Equipment & Machinery
Plastics & Rubber
Production - Manufacturing

Injection Technology (Itech) is a custom molder for a variety of clients that require precision plastic parts for such products as electric meter covers, dental appliance cases and spools. With 95 employees operating 23 molding machines in a 30,000 square foot plant, Itech wanted to reduce man hours and increase efficiency.

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Injection Technology (Itech) is a custom molder of thermoplastics founded in 1987 in North Carolina. Itech has plants in Arden, NC and Westminster, SC. They have 40 injection molding machines ranging from 60-1000 tons.

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The solution Itech adopted was an IRB 4400 robot with 6-axis arms. The robot's grippers can remove two spool halves from the 390-ton Toshiba injection molding machine, swing it around to an assembly table, flip it over and fit the two spool halves together. The robot then inserts the assembled spool into an ultrasonic welding machine that welds the halves together.

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Production data, including molding time, cycle time, man hours

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M2M
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Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
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Employee Efficiency - Reduction in employee fatigue created a safer working environment with fewer injuries.

Time-to-Market - Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.

With Abby it takes 27 hours to fill a tractor trailer instead of two and a half days, a 23% reduction in cycle time.

The Return on Investment was 8 months.

The system enabled Itech to achieve a growth rate of 9% in 2004 and 12% in 2005.

Hardware
Products used by end users that contain IoT technologies. Examples include enabled equipment, wearables, hand-held scanners, and tracking devices.
Software
Horizontal applications are standardized (e.g., asset tracking). Vertical applications are tailored to specific needs (e.g., delivery fleet management).
Services
System integrators link IoT component subsystems, customize solutions, and ensure that IoT systems communicate with existing operational systems.
IoT data management consultancies help to make sense of big data, decide which data to maintain and for how long, and troubleshoot IT issues.
Connectivity as a service as provided by telecommunications companies, i.e. data transfer, radio waves.
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