October 17, 2017 - Haitian International Germany and Sepro Group (La Roche-sur-Yon, France) will begin making 3-and 5-axis robots available with Haitian plastic injection-molding machines throughout Europe with Sepro’s control integrated into the IMM operator interface. The agreement, finalized in August, allows Haitian to meet increasing demand for robot/IMM packages.
More flexibility through integration in production
“Our mission is to continuously expand Technology to the Point with a high degree of integration,” says Xiang Linfa, General Manager of Haitian International Germany, detailing the intention of the cooperation. “The partnership with Sepro is an important step in this direction. Through this cooperation we broaden our range of offers to include optimal solutions for automated processes, production cells, and production lines.”
It also creates new opportunities for Sepro. “Through our agreement with Haitian International Germany, Sepro is proud to expand the range of robot choices available to molders that use Haitian injection molding equipment throughout Europe,” says Jean-Michel Renaudeau, CEO of Sepro Group.
Sepro uses a single, unified control platform, called Visual, to simplify programming and operation of its entire portfolio, including 3- and 5-axis Cartesian beam robots. In integrated “Haitian by Sepro” package solutions, robot control is integrated into the machine control so that the machine operator has access to all basic settings and robot data directly on the IMM control panel.
Mr. Renaudeau believes that this kind of integration will significantly advance the topic of “Industry 4.0” in the industry. Also Mr. Xiang has his eye on the benefits for customers: “We respond consistently to demand. Our interfaces, plus the possibility of being integrated into MES systems, offer a high degree of integration in plastics processing. For the customer this means the highest possible productivity and thus greater profitability, but also it means more flexibility and cost efficiency with every individual contract.”
Sepro was one of the first companies in the world to develop Cartesian beam robots for injection-molding machines, introducing its first CNC controlled “manipulator” in 1981. Today, having equipped more than 30,000 injection-molding machines, Sepro Group is one of the largest sellers of robots in the world. Its 3-, 5- and 6-axis servo robots, special-purpose units and complete automation systems, are all supported by the Visual control platform developed by Sepro especially for injection molders.
Haitian International Germany GmbH (HTIG), with headquarters in Ebermannsdorf, Bavaria, is a subsidiary of Haitian International Hong Kong and is responsible for the European Market, with a strong and steady growth during the last 10 years. At two plants with a total area of 12,000 m², HTIG provides final assembly and customization of the machines for German and European Markets, mold and performance tests for customers as well as technical trainings. An extensive number of stock machines and spare parts are available for fast response to the demands of HTIG’s customers and its sales and service network. HTIG and its more than 20 Distributors and Agents are responsible for over 7.000 existing injection-molding machines and further sales development in Europe.