Plastics Material Handling

  • Richard K. Miller
Part of the VNR Competitive Manufacturing Series book series (VNRCMS)


The handling of plastic parts requires special considerations in the design of robot material handling installations. The parts may have wide tolerances and irregular shapes to make gripping difficult. Excessive pressure from a gripper may permanently deform the plastic part, especially if it is handled while hot. These design challenges have been overcome for the handling of a wide variety of plastic parts by robots. This chapter describes several applications of robotic handling of plastic parts and presents several photographs showing actual installations.


Injection Molding Excessive Pressure Plastic Part Design Challenge Epoxy Coating 
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    Snyder, H. W., “What Robots Mean to the Injection Molding Process,” Presented at Robots VI, 1982.Google Scholar

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