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, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 22–27 | Cite as

Carbon Arm Improves Dynamics of Small Robots

  • Norbert Müller
  • Paul Zwicklhuber
  • Georg Steinbichler
Construction Robotics

The e-pic small robot was developed by Engel Austria with the goal to offer a flexible, powerful, dynamic yet energy efficient solution for easy part removal and depositing of small moulded parts. The key to this lies in completely new kinematics and an innovative lightweight design.

The special feature of the e-pic robot is its swivel arm, Figure 1. It moves in the direction of the x-axis, which consequently completely disappears and essentially merges with the y-axis to form a single unit. Mounted on an injection moulding machine, the robot needs considerably less space than a linear robot on both the injection and clamping side of the machine. It can be integrated within the injection moulding machine’s safety guarding, thereby keeping the entire production cell compact, Figure 2. In contrast to the x axis of a linear robot, the swivel arm can quickly and easily work around obstacles such as core pulls, slides etc.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Müller
    • 1
  • Paul Zwicklhuber
    • 2
  • Georg Steinbichler
    • 3
  1. 1.Engel Austria’s Technology Centre for Lightweight Composite TechnologiesSt. Valentin Austria
  2. 2.Development Projects in the Field of Thermoplastic Fibre Composites for Engel St. ValentinAustria
  3. 3.Technologies Research and Development of Engel AustriaSchwertbergAustria

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