For NPE 2006, Ferromatik Milacron and FOBOHA teamed up to display a Ferromatik Milacron model K-TEC250S-2F-DETW injection molding machine with a secondary injection unit and FOBOHA's patented twin turning-cube. For this machine, Milacron mounted the secondary injection unit at a 40-degree angle on top of the moving platen. The change reduces the floor space required for a side-mounted secondary injection unit and saves cycle time by allowing the injection nozzle to stay mated to the hot runner system during clamp movement. Designed to be extremely flexible, the K-TEC machine is made on demand from standard available components. "You may not find another one configured exactly like it," says Ferromatik's Hare. "It is made of standard components ó standard assemblies ó all configured to generate machine that best suits this particular application."
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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