03 Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
03.07 Process automation
03.07.008 Handling technology
03.07.008.04 Sprue separating equipment
Sprue separating equipment
Product category: Handling devices
AUTOMATION Star philosophy is to create automated systems with highly accurate positioning, designed to reach the fastest cycle time using our standard robots. We use components adopted on our Groups large-scale production: standard robots, only one controller capable to manage the whole automation, EOAT components, everything made by Star.
IML Star automation Europe has been manufacturing IML automation systems since 1995. The long experience in this important field has driven Star to develop more and more flexible and high-performing solutions. IML applications, which are mainly used on food containers produced by 2, 4, 8 and 16 cavity moulds, are normally performed by two models of side entry robots, namely the TZ-1500HM and S7 Flex. Star has also reached important results in other sectors where IML is required: paint containers are just one example that shows how a side entry robot can be used in place of a vertical entry robot, like the XW-VI or ZXW-VI model, depending on specific cycle requirements.
We propose you two solutions:
IML with Side Entry robot S7 Flex IML System: This automation system features 7 servo driven axis for the whole management and handling of moulded products and labels. A single Stec-520 control system, which can manage up to 8 servo driven axis, controls the entire system. It features a colour touch-screen display for easy and free programming of the sequences. The main characteristic of our S7 Flex automation system for IML is its flexibility, as it can manage a number of significantly different processes (up to 999!) and allows the operator to switch from one process to another in just a few minutes. Thanks to its wide strokes these applications can be installed beside IMMs with clamping force between 200 and 750 tons. All dimensions, times and programs can be recorded, as all movements are carried out by servomotors; this makes production changes considerably easier and ensures higher quality and accuracy. A series of options completes this system and makes it ideal for cleanroom use.
TZ-1500HM: A compact side-entry robot is the most suitable solution for simple application and moulds with a low number of cavities and products with small dimensions.
IML using TOP-ENTRY robot This is a really flexible solution for applications with cycle time >8 sec, used mainly for large size products. The open mould daylight is very little and standardised components are used as much as possible. Two vertical arms option is also available. The set-up time for production change is very short, so that the quantities of production is optimised.
CUTLERY The necessary attention that needs to be put into the non-contamination of products, their traceability and the need to reduce space during transport made Star develop turnkey automation systems specifically designed for the cutlery market and that guarantee high efficiency and reliability. Several systems designed in the last years provided Star Automation with the necessary experience to develop three standard solutions for moulds from 8 to 96 cavities. Automation systems for disposable cutlery offer the user the possibility to have a finished packet with the cutlery wrapped in transparent PP film and with a number of sets varying from 20 to 100 pieces.
We developed Top Entry and Side Entry robotic systems for Cutlery Automation which combine with 6 axes robotic systems.
Star Automation Europe was born in 1989 as the branch of Star Seiki Co. Ltd. for the distribution of automation systems for the injection moulding sector in Europe. Star Seiki Group was founded by the Shiotani family in 1964 in Nagoya (Japan) and currently counts more than 1000 employees worldwide and branches in all continents.
More than 200.000 robots installed all over the world witness the high reliability and quality of our products. These are just two of the main reasons of the loyalty that our valued customers have shown during all these years. In fact, Star Automation Europe has met the requirements of its customers by designing highly reliable standardised solutions. This is possible thanks to the significant number of standard products and to the experience of its highly-motivated personnel, always aiming at customer satisfaction. Star Automation Europe has also developed many applications for packaging and IML sectors, with solutions offering high flexibility and efficiency.
The professional and technical preparation given to Stars personnel is one of the key factors which allow us to face and solve all technical problems with competence and the right attitude for mutual satisfaction.