Automation in Plastics Manufacturing: A Review of Current Developments
This paper describes the developments which have occurred in control, automated handling and product assembly in plastics production equipment. The application of open- and closed-loop control and the use of microprocessors is discussed, and the relative merits of the systems in common use are examined. Feed and product removal is considered with particular reference to dedicated designs, and various types of robots and their characteristics are compared. Finally, the effects of automation on down-line assembly operations and the implications of future FMS developments in plastics manufacturing are discussed.
KeywordsFlexible Manufacturing System Rotary Table Product Removal Moulding Machine Injection Moulding Machine
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