French company Sepro is one of the largest manufacturers of linear robots for the plastics industry. Worldwide, it has supplied its robots to more than 25,000 injection machines. At the KUBOUŠEK Technology Center, these robots will be represented together with MTF conveyors within a common automated unit. More information about Sepro robots, MTF conveyors and their advantages in automation was provided by Martin Doležel, Head of Sales Department of the Plastic Periphery Division of KUBOUŠEK s.r.o.
With the emerging vision of Industry 4.0, there is more and more talk about intelligent automation, often associated with six-axis robots. Are linear robots in decline or, on the contrary, will have a firm position in Industry 4.0?
Linear robots have and will still have their place in automation. The six-axis robot is sometimes unnecessary because the linear robot is sufficient, easier to program, more load-bearing, and last but not least cheaper. Most customers use this solution because it is ideally suited for standard types of production – for example, for the manufacture of specific parts in the automotive industry. I cannot say, therefore, that linear robots are on the run – on the contrary.
How does Sepro prepare for Industry 4.0?
I have to say that the Industry 4.0 concept has been taken really seriously in Sepro and the company has been preparing for it for several years with the development of the Visual control system, which version 3 is currently capable of remote administration and collection of data that is essential for production.
At the Technology Center we will see the combination of two automation elements – the Sepro robot and the MTF conveyor. What exactly will the visitor see?
At the Technology Center we will introduce the Sepro 5X-35 robot together with the conveyor lift system. This is a demonstration of automation for removing and palletizing parts in plastic transport boxes. By combining these devices, a compact cell is created, which, compared to standard solutions, excels in its speed, accuracy and unattended operation. Sepro robots, like MTF conveyors, are known for their high quality, reliability and long service life.
MTF may be a small company but its products are first class – can you briefly introduce us to the portfolio of this manufacturer?
MTF is a German belt conveyor manufacturer. All of MTF products are produced directly in Germany, so it is a guarantee of quality. MTF currently offers different types of conveyors – from straight to Z-belt ones, and the great advantage is their variability and customization. With years of experience and know-how, they are highly reliable and therefore do not inhibit manufacturing processes.