The requirements of the plastics industry are already stringent, and they will become even more demanding in the future. Increasing cost pressure, a trend towards miniaturization, additional material functions, and an increasingly short time-to-market are just some of the reasons for this.
In addition, requirements relating to strength, the observance of tolerances, and moulding speeds for different materials are changing. Increasingly small and light robots work together to operate a machine. With an emphasis on shorter cycle times our challenges become greater in relation to part temperature, removal time and part quality. In gripper assembly, we meet these challenges with absolute flexibility. Just like the human hand, our systems are useful for a broad range of applications.
Intelligent grippers detect process changes and can use camera-based and sensor-based components to make these adjustments. Heat-resistant components with soft touch surfaces can extract plastic parts that have not yet fully hardened without damaging them. Additive production processes allow FIPA to create customised grippers with ease - even in small lot sizes - and new materials contribute to our solutions to challenging projects.
Injection molding is the ideal production process for turning plastics into plastic parts. Our vacuum and gripper components remove finished parts from injection molding machines. This process places high demands on the material from which the components used are made. They have to withstand high temperatures and grip sensitive surfaces gently and without leaving imprints.
Medical devices are a market of the future. Plastics are used in almost all areas of medicine, as they do not take on odors and are resistant to liquids. Plastics can also be shaped in many different ways and therefore adapted to specific conditions. We offer dynamic vacuum components in this context, which support the gripping process and ensure maximum process reliability.
Household appliances are no longer just white. The panels for dishwashers and washing machines made by well-known manufacturers clearly demonstrate that plastic injection molding technology can now do much more than simply supply the industry with white fronts. Even curved and textured surfaces are not uncommon today. Our components have proven themselves as reliable handling solutions in this sector.
The benefits of FIPA solutions for plastic parts
Market-leading innovation of low-marking HNBR pads to handle sensitive parts with sprue grippers
Silicone-free HNBR pads and vacuum cups that are suitable for high temperatures (max. 160 °C) and ideal for the handling of automotive plastic components which require painting
Process reliability with the SAFE-LOCK mechanism for quick change systems
Market leader for miniature sprue grippers in the 80 series for extremely small gates or products
Custom solutions to meet today's requirements in the plastics industry
Wear-resistant Varioflex® vacuum cups to enable the safe handling of irregular or structured surfaces