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East Dorset, VT, United States, 2009/01/21 - Pad Print Machinery of VT, Inc. has created the XE-Robot, a multi-faceted robotic pad printing work station adaptable to manufacturing and assembly applications as well as traditional product marking and decorating.
A four-axis SCARA (Selective Compliant Articulated Robot Arm) robot is programmed to select from six pads of different shapes and sizes, and pick up a variety of inked images from six clichés, each with its own ink cup. Further, the two-axis fixture assembly allows printing on five sides of the part, in multiple locations on each side.
“The addition of a robot to the pad printing process advances this technology beyond anything available on the market today,” said Julian Joffe, PPMoV founder and CEO. “Beyond pad printing, this machine can also be used for assembly and manufacturing applications, making it ideal for companies that want maximum flexibility from their equipment investment.”
Beyond the silicone printing pads, the robot can be programmed to retrieve a pick-and-place hand, which can load and unload parts on the fixture between print cycles. Further, a tool can take the place of one of the pads, allowing the robot to perform drilling, screwing or assembling functions in addition to printing.
Ideal for medium to small appliance components, electronics enclosures, equipment housings, medical devices or other manufactured parts that have several print locations on multiple sides, the new XE-Robot pad printing work station can be adapted and programmed for a multitude of applications.
The standard 150x300mm clichés can be customized to smaller or larger sizes, and can be changed while the machine is running. Additionally, the cliché support platform can be removed and replaced with an entirely different cell system of manufacturing or assembly.
“In today’s economy, manufacturers want to be assured that their tools can perform a variety of tasks and be flexible enough to use for many projects – and years – to come,” Joffe said. “The PPMoV Robotic Pad Printing Work Station can be reprogrammed for changes in product lines, as well as for manufacturing and assembly uses beyond product marking.”
The new XE-Robot pad printing work station is the latest in Pad Print Machinery of Vermont’s Engineered Printing Solutions (padprintmachinery.com), which includes the industrial ink jet RapidFire 1001. For more information about this and PPMoV’s full line of inks, pads, clichés and other auxiliary equipment and automation options call 1-800-272-7764.